Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Wings, bar food, alcohol
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Ranked #159 last year
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Initial investment
$2.7M - $4.2M
Units as of 2020
1,271 1.3% over 3 years

Company Overview

After moving from Buffalo, New York, to Kent, Ohio, friends James Disbrow and Scott Lowery couldn't find a restaurant that served the Buffalo-style chicken wings they still craved, so they decided to open their own. Their first sports bar, originally named Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck (or BW-3), opened in Columbus, Ohio, in 1982. The company began franchising in 1991. In addition to wings and 14 signature sauces, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants offer a full menu including salads, sandwiches, burgers and ribs.

About Buffalo Wild Wings

Industry
Food
Founded
1982
Parent Company
Inspire Brands
Leadership
Lyle Tick, President

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1991 (30 years)
# of employees at HQ
800
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
1,271 (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 Buffalo Wild Wings 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
$25,000
Initial Investment
$2,695,100 - $4,244,300
Net Worth Requirement
$1,500,000
Cash Requirement
$750,000
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
3.25%
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
Buffalo Wild Wings 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
40-210 hours
Classroom Training
10-40 hours
Additional Training
At certified training restaurant
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
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
# of employees required to run
40
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #41

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Updated: February 8th, 2021