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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#148 Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$351K - $719K
Units as of 2021
908 3.5% over 3 years

Company Overview

Zaxby's is the creation of childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley, who opened their first restaurant in Statesboro, Georgia, in 1990. With a menu offering chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads, they began franchising the concept in 1994, and now have locations throughout the Southeastern U.S.

About Zaxby's

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Chicken
Founded
1990
Parent Company
Zaxby's Franchising LLC
Leadership
Zach McLeroy, CEO & Cofounder

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1994 (27 years)
# of employees at HQ
325
# of Units
908 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1040 Founders Blvd., #100
Athens, GA 30606

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Zaxby'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
$35,000
Initial Investment
$351,000 - $718,500
Net Worth Requirement
$1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000
Royalty Fee
6%
Ad Royalty Fee
2.87-5%
Term of Agreement
10 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
Zaxby's has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 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
315 hours
Classroom Training
38.25 hours
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
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #148

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #6 in Chicken

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Updated: February 8th, 2021