Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Wings, bar food, alcohol
Total Units
1,271 16 added in 3 years
1.3%
2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
Initial investment
$2.7M - $4.2M

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.

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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
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
# of Units
1,271

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 - $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

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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

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Franchise 500 Ranking History

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