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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#441 Ranked #290 last year
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Initial investment
$276K - $1.4M
Units as of 2020
936 4.2% over 3 years

Company Overview

Roy W. Allen opened his first beverage stand in Lodi, California, in 1919. Three years later, he joined forces with Frank Wright to form the A & W Root Beer Co. In addition to selling root beer, A & W established a chain of drive-up restaurants that served the company's root beer as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries. Today there are A & W Restaurant locations around the world.

About A&W Restaurants

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Hamburgers
Founded
1919
Leadership
Kevin Bazner, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1925 (96 years)
# of employees at HQ
39
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Asia

# of Units
936 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1648 Mcgrathiana Pkwy., #380
Lexington, KY 40511

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a A&W Restaurants 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
$15,000 - $30,000
Initial Investment
$276,000 - $1,397,000
Net Worth Requirement
$350,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Veteran Incentives
10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
5%
Term of Agreement
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
A&W Restaurants 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
24-40 hours
Classroom Training
24-40 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
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?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #441

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #72

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Updated: February 8th, 2021