FAQ

WHO OWNS A&W?

A&W Restaurants, Inc. is owned by a partnership of domestic & international Franchise Partners. We have a unique ownership structure that is focused on the long-term growth & success of the brand.

HOW MANY A&W RESTAURANTS ARE THERE?

A&W has approximately 1,000 restaurants in the United States & Southeast Asia.

WHERE ARE A&W RESTAURANTS LOCATED?

We have restaurants located in small communities & large cities throughout the United States. We have development opportunities available throughout the country.

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WHAT ARE A&W’S FRANCHISING FEES?

The Franchise fee for all non-captive locations is $30,000 for a 20 year term with two 5-year renewal options. Royalty & Advertising fees are both 5%. A portion of the Advertising fees are reimbursable for Local Store Marketing.

WHAT IS A&W’S ESTIMATED INITIAL INVESTMENT?

We have a variety of footprints & venues within our system. The initial investment, not including real estate, ranges from $181,000 - $1,468,000. (For more information, please reference Item 7 of our Franchise Disclosure Documents for a breakdown of costs.)

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE AN A&W FRANCHISE PARTNER?

A&W does not have a set financial requirement criteria, as we look at each situation independently. However, we do require that the applicant have the ability to acquire the financial resources necessary to develop a new A&W.

DOES A&W PROVIDE FINANCING?

A&W does not provide financing, however, we are an approved Franchisor with the Small Business Administration for SBA lending. We can also provide recommendations for numerous other financial lending groups who are familiar with the A&W Franchise system and have assisted others in obtaining the necessary financing.

WHAT IS A&W’S RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT SIZE?

Our restaurants are successful in a variety of footprints ranging from 900-2,200 square feet.

DO I HAVE TO BUILD A FREESTANDING RESTAURANT?

We have A&W restaurants in all shapes and sizes. In addition to freestanding locations, we have prototypes for in-line, gas and convenience and non-traditional restaurants.

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A RESTAURANT SITE?

Yes, we can provide tools and guidance in selecting a site for development.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A FRANCHISE PARTNER & OPEN A NEW RESTAURANT?

Anywhere from 6-18 months can be expected, and this process varies depending on the applicant, location and asset type. To begin, complete the online inquiry and you will be contacted by the Development Team who will explain the approval and development process in more detail.

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DOES A&W PROVIDE?

A&W provides Management Training at our training facilities in Lexington, KY. In addition, we provide A&W Field Trainers at your location prior to opening to assist you in training your team. We also provide ongoing visits and refresher training to all Franchise Partners.

"The design team is very flexible. Our site size is extremely limited, but the design team’s collaboration with the architect made it a reality."

Amin Salkhi Hayward, CA

Franchise Partner Toolkit

A printable guide to becoming a part of the A&W Franchise family.

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