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2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#18 Ranked #45 last year
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Initial investment
$629K - $2.3M
Units as of 2021
3,540 3.2% over 3 years

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Arby's franchise.

Arby’s, which was founded in 1964 and began to franchise in 1965, is one of the largest fast food and sandwich chains in the United States. Arby’s strives to specialize in delicious and unforgettable sandwiches. Having established themselves as the sandwich kings, Arby’s may offer a sandwich for every moment, occasion, and craving. They're generally committed to tasty, affordable, and satisfying meals.

As one of the top fast-food franchises in the U.S., Arby's makes it a point to offer delicious fast food to keep people coming back for more. Operating an Arby's franchise might make you a franchisee of one of the most famous and loved restaurants in America.

Arby’s boasts over 2,100 U.S. franchises, more than 50 in Canada, and over 75 internationally.

Why You May Want to Start an Arby's Franchise

If you love a good sandwich, then opening an Arby’s franchise might be for you. You may enjoy a lot of business, as the United States is well-known for its love of fast-food businesses.

As one of the largest fast-food chains, Arby's franchise has more than 3,000 locations, including their 1,000+ locations operated by the company itself. They have worked to establish themselves as one of the best sandwich makers and one of the top fast-food providers. They are typically well-loved and respected for their giant stacks of roast beef on soft buns. An Arby's franchise might come with a loyal fan base—and we can't forget the cup of cheddar!

They believe that they have one of the best-operating systems and customer service, along with a top-notch menu. They also offer a great deal of support to their franchisees and strive to have an excellent company culture.

What Might Make an Arby’s Franchise a Good Choice?

To be part of the Arby's team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.

You may be offered the option to own as many franchise businesses as you like, usually with protected territories and guaranteed support for each one. Their catchy marketing, yummy curly fries, and friendly customer service might mean that you enjoy a large amount of loyal customers. 

How Do You Open an Arby’s Franchise?

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. This may include speaking to a financial planner or an attorney.

If you're ready to start the process of opening an Arby’s franchise, you may submit a franchise request form. You might include where you want to open the franchise, how many franchises you would like to open, and how much money you have to invest. Once you've submitted your application, they may contact you if you appear to be a good fit. You can generally expect to experience hundreds of hours of ongoing training after you open your franchise.

By the time you open the doors to your new Arby’s franchise, people might be coming to you for the beef!

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Company Overview

About Arby's

Related Categories
Miscellaneous Sandwiches, Sandwiches
Parent Company
Inspire Brands
Jim Taylor, President

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1965 (57 years)
# of employees at HQ
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
3,540 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
3 Glenlake Pkwy. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30328

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Arby's franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$12,500 - $50,000
Initial Investment
$628,950 - $2,306,000
Net Worth Requirement
Cash Requirement
Veteran Incentives
50% off development fee; license fee waived; royalty fee reduced for first year
Royalty Fee
Ad Royalty Fee
Term of Agreement
Up to 20 years
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Arby's has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
336 hours
Additional Training
At certified training restaurant
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

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Are exclusive territories available?
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Updated: February 8th, 2021