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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#45 Ranked #25 last year
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Initial investment
$629K - $2.2M
Units as of 2020
3,505 4.8% over 3 years

Company Overview

Forrest and Leroy Raffel started their food-service consulting firm, Raffel Brothers Inc., in the 1950s, but were soon thinking about starting their own restaurant. On a rainy night, the brothers found inspiration--roast beef sandwiches. In 1964, the first Arby's ("R.B." for "Raffel Brothers") opened in Boardman, Ohio.

The original Arby's menu consisted of roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and iced tea. Over time other sandwiches, curly fries, milkshakes, meals for kids and light choices have been added to the menu.

About Arby's

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Miscellaneous Sandwiches, Sandwiches
Founded
1964
Parent Company
Inspire Brands
Leadership
Jim Taylor, President

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1965 (56 years)
# of employees at HQ
900
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
3,505 (as of 2020)

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 - $2,205,600
Net Worth Requirement
$1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000
Veteran Incentives
50% off development fee; license fee waived; royalty fee reduced for first year
Royalty Fee
4%
Ad Royalty Fee
4.2%
Term of Agreement
Up to 20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

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
Newsletter
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
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
15-25
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021