A&W Restaurant, Inc.

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.

Franchise Details
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



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 Restaurants Franchise Opportunities – History

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.

A&W Restaurants Franchise Cost / Initial Investment /A&W

Restaurants Franchise Income
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.

A&W Restaurants Business Opportunities: Other Information

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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