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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#18 Ranked #45 last year
- 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!
- 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)
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
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $628,950 - $2,306,000
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 50% off development fee; license fee waived; royalty fee reduced for first year
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- Up to 20 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
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-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
Compare where Arby's landed on this year’s Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.
Curious to know where Arby's ranked on other franchise lists? Find out below.
Ranked #18 in 2022
Franchise 500 Ranking
Ranked #111 in 2022
Ranked #13 in 2022
Top Global Franchises
Ranked #118 in 2022
Fastest-Growing Franchises (U.S. & Canada)
Ranked #1 in Miscellaneous Sandwiches in 2021
Best of the Best
Ranked #1 in Miscellaneous Sandwiches in 2022
Top Food Franchises
Ranked #1 in 2022
#1 in Sandwiches: Miscellaneous Category
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