Roy W. Allen opened his first beverage stand in Lodi, California, in 1919. Three years later, he joined forces with Frank Wright to form the A & W Root Beer Co. In addition to selling root beer, A & W established a chain of drive-up restaurants that served the company's root beer as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries. Today there are A & W Restaurant locations around the world.
|Investment Amount:||More than $500,000||Agreement Length:||0 years|
|Franchise Fee:||$20,000||Royalty Fee:||5%|
|Company Established:||1919||Franchising since:||1925|
|Franchised Units:||635||Total Units:||639|
|Earnings Claim:||No||Financial Assistance:||No|
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A&W Restaurants are one of the several highly successful restaurant chains owned by Yum! Brands Inc., in the same family as KJC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. A&W seeks franchisees for either freestanding or mall interior restaurants. The traditional, retro A&W restaurant design continues to serve as a strength for the brand, attracting loyal customers year after year, evoking warm feelings and memories of bygone eras. Franchisees receive full support from the company in assuring their success.
A&W began in 1919 with the opening of its first restaurant in Lodi, California, when Roy Allen teamed with Frank Wright, A&W, combining Wright’s root beer business with the restaurant business in a way that has endured and grown ever since. Allen and Wright may be the first successful food-franchisers in the world, having begun franchising A&W root beer in 1921. By 1960 A&W had grown to 2,000 locations, and in 1971, A&W root beer and cream soda were distributed separately, to grocery stores worldwide, and today is the world’s Number One-selling root beer. In 2002, A&W Restaurants were acquired by Yum! Brands, Inc. In 2011, Yum! sold A&W to A Great American Brand LLC.
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The franchise fee to open an A&W Restaurant is $20,000-$30,000. The total investment ranges from $1.1 million to $1.7 million. A 5-6% royalty fee on monthly receipts is paid to the company.
For many years, A&W Restaurants were known for their carhop service, but the tradition faded after the 1970s. However, in the late 2000s, A&W added several franchises with throwback, nostalgic designs, reintroducing the drive- up carhop design.
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