- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#162 Ranked #198 last year
- Initial investment
$254K - $1.4M
- Units as of 2020
859 0.9% over 3 years
About Checkers and Rally's
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Checkers & Rally’s – on the Path to 1000 Restaurants!
Checkers & Rally’s with its proven drive-thru concept has it all with bold and flavorful food, amazing value for guests, and growing franchisees. We’ve got your back when it comes to our low initial investment, strong return on investment, nimble modular restaurant design, and competitive franchise growth incentives.
Grow With Us
Our proven drive-thru model with closed and efficient kitchens and an integrated delivery system are driving revenue for our franchise family. Our focus on profitability, operational throughput, and our franchisor/franchisee relationship means we are aligned with Checkers & Rally’s franchisees.
- Nimble Modular Design ~ Quicker To Develop and Costs Less
- Our restaurants fit on sites where other brands don’t
- Outstanding System Achievements
- Category Leading Return On Investment
- Franchisee Satisfaction
- Top 50 Franchise 2019 Franchisee Satisfaction Award**
- Named A Best Franchise Deal in 2018, 2017, & 2016***
- Proud Supporter of U.S. Veterans
- Checkers & Rally’s is a proud supporter of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program. The initial franchise fee for Qualified Veterans is $0…FREE! ($30,000 savings).
Ideal Franchise Candidate
We are looking for multi-unit franchisees, food operators, and entrepreneurs with prior restaurant/business experience who are seeking a financial investment. Our financial criteria are: Minimum of $750,000 Net Worth and $250,000 Liquid Assets per location.
Make A Difference In Your Community With Checkers & Rally’s!
© 2020 Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. 4300 W. Cypress St., Suite 600, Tampa, FL 33607. * Per Checkers & Rally’s 2020 Franchise Disclosure Document. **Top 50 Franchise Franchisee Satisfaction Award by Franchise Business Review. ***Named 2018, 2017 & 2016 Best Franchise Deal by QSR Magazine. Written substantiation will be provided on request.
- Franchising Since
- 1989 (32 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- # of Units
- 859 (as of 2020)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Checkers and Rally'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
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
- $254,000 - $1,431,000
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
- Franchise fee waived
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
- 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
- Checkers and Rally'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
- 160-220 hours
- Classroom Training
- 32-40 hours
- Additional Training
- In training restaurant
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingMarketing Planning & SupportSocial MediaEmail Marketing
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.
- 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
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