Denny's Inc.

Initial Investment

LOW: $915,569
HIGH: $2,421,185

Change in Units

-0.4% -6 UNITS (1 Year)
+0.8% +13 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1963 (53 Years)

Corporate Address

203 E. Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29319


John Miller

Parent Company

Denny's Inc.

Ticker Symbol

About Denny's Inc.

In 1953, Harold Butler opened Danny's Donuts in Lakewood, California. Six years later, there were 20 shops in the chain and the company changed its name to Denny's. In 1966, the company went public, and in 1977, they introduced the Grand Slam breakfast. Today, Denny's locations serve breakfast, lunch and dinner choices 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Its corporate headquarters is in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$915,569 - $2,421,185

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Denny's Inc. has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 7

Lowest Rank: 61

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and in the following regions/states: See List

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 21 days

Training at headquarters: 91 days

Additional Training: At existing Denny's restaurants

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: 80

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Updated: August 19th, 2016

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