Back Yard Burgers Inc.

Back Yard Burgers Inc.

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Initial Investment

LOW: $1,000,000
HIGH: $2,000,000

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1988 (28 Years)

Corporate Address

500 Church St., #200 Nashville, TN 37219

Parent Company

Back Yard Burgers, Inc.

About Back Yard Burgers Inc.

In 1986, supermarket owner Lattimore Michael was bored with his business. After reading an article about restaurants with a double drive-thru, he knew what he wanted to do–start the same kind of restaurant. In 1987, the first Back Yard Burgers opened in Cleveland, Mississippi. There are now locations throughout the South and Midwest.

Back Yard Burgers cooks 1/3-pound specialty hamburgers and ¼-pound chicken sandwiches with toppings ranging from hot pepper sauce to grilled pineapples. In 1999, Back Yard Burgers was named the exclusive food concessions operator for the Memphis Zoo. Visitors can order hamburgers and other favorites at two cafes and from carts throughout the zoo.

The company went public in 1993 under the symbol BYBI on the NASDAQ market.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$1,000,000 - $2,000,000

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Franchise 500® Rank History

  • 2006 - 174
  • 2007 - 178
  • 2008 - 228

* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

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Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 2 weeks

Training at headquarters: 6 weeks

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
Regional Media
National Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 35

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Updated: July 31st, 2014

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