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A&W Franchise FAQ

Are you interested in bringing an A&W Restaurant franchise to your community? We’re looking for motivated entrepreneurs to join our franchise family. Here are some common FAQ about the A&W franchise opportunity. If you have any additional questions or would like more information, fill out our form here, and we’ll reach out with a complimentary copy of our Franchise Information Report.

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What is the A&W franchise opportunity?

The A&W franchise opportunity offers entrepreneurs the chance to be part of a historic and authentic brand that has been serving delicious food and creating cherished memories for over a century. Known especially for our signature, freshly-made root beer, A&W stands out in the industry. Franchise partners benefit from strong brand recognition, lower costs for goods, dedicated marketing support, robust training and ongoing support, and the opportunity to tap into the growing demand for nostalgia and comfort foods.

What is A&W looking for in a franchise partner?

A&W is seeking franchisees who are deeply rooted in their communities. The ideal franchisee is someone who understands and is actively involved in their local community. While operational experience is not a requirement, A&W looks for individuals who are willing to learn the brand, follow the system, and actively participate in the day-to-day operations of their restaurant. A hands-on approach is valued, and franchisees are expected to be available and dedicated to working in their restaurant or have an operating partner who is actively involved.

Passion, a strong work ethic, and a desire to build their own generational wealth are characteristics that A&W seeks in franchise partners. We value long-term commitment and encourage franchisees to become deeply attached to the A&W brand, actively contributing feedback to help further enhance the brand’s growth and development.

How do you support franchise partners?

A&W provides comprehensive support to our franchise partners. Franchisees benefit from high-touch support and over a century of experience in the industry, with the Support Center team readily available to help navigate any challenges. We offer extensive training programs, including hands-on training at the headquarters’ kitchen, equipping franchisees with a deep understanding of the business. Ongoing support is provided through regular meetings, restaurant visits, and a biennial convention that fosters a sense of family and community among franchise partners. A&W also maintains a strong focus on marketing, with a dedicated team that promotes the brand and supports franchisees in attracting new customers. With A&W, franchise partners can count on a robust support system that guides them towards achieving their entrepreneurial goals.

Are there non-traditional restaurant opportunities?

A&W also offers a flexible footprint, so we can bring our all-American menu to more communities. In addition to freestanding restaurants, inline restaurants fit into gas stations and convenience stores, as well as retail spaces, and captive restaurants, such as in airports, stadiums, arenas, or in a mall food courts. A&W also thrives in the end cap model, with drive thru options available too.

What is the franchise fee?

The initial Franchise Fee for a new freestanding or in-line restaurant is $30,000.

What is the total investment?

The total investment to start an A&W restaurant franchise ranges from $278,285 to $1,594,889, depending on the type of restaurant model. A freestanding restaurant typically ranges between $871,650 to $1,594,889, while an inline restaurant ranges between $401,650 to $1,051,738, and captive restaurant models range from $278,285 to $700,285.

Do you offer financing?

While A&W does not offer direct financing, we do however have relationships with banks and third party vendors to help get you the financing you need to make your goals of business ownership with A&W a reality. Get in touch with us today to inquire more about financing a franchise with A&W.

Is there a royalty fee?

The royalty fee for an A&W franchise is 5% of net sales.

Do you offer a veteran discount?

A&W is proud to offer a veteran incentive program for new and existing franchisees of freestanding and inline restaurants. Qualified veterans looking to open an A&W franchise benefit from a reduced initial franchise fee of $15,000. Thank you for your service.

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