How Much Does an A&W Franchise Cost?
A&W is a Scalable Franchise Opportunity
For entrepreneurs looking for an exciting franchise opportunity, A&W is a standout choice. With our long legacy of over 100 years in the industry, our proven business model, and our commitment to supporting our franchise partners, you too can bring your community together to enjoy all-American food and a frosty mug of root beer. Let’s review the costs and fees associated with owning and operating your own A&W Restaurant franchise.
We’re looking for motivated entrepreneurs who are community-focused, and passionate about the food industry. We are not a passive restaurant brand — the A&W model works best for those who are available to both own and operate their restaurant, or otherwise work closely with their staff to reach goals. Many of our franchise partners are single-unit operators who have passed their business down from generation to generation, or are planning to do so in the future. If you share our values and are excited to join our brand, we can provide the strategy and resources you need to thrive in this competitive industry.
The cost of investment varies depending on which kind of restaurant you plan to own.
Initial Franchise Fee
The initial Franchise Fee to start a new A&W Restaurant franchise is $30,000. This fee grants you access to the A&W brand name and well-established reputation, as well as our proven business model and strategies. This initial fee also includes our comprehensive training and ongoing support, so that you’ll have all the resources you need to start your very own A&W restaurant. We will assist with site selection and lease negotiation, train on operations, and provide marketing support. By paying the initial franchise fee, you join a brand with over 100 years of experience and a team dedicated to helping you reach your business goals.
Building and Equipment Costs
When considering an A&W franchise, it’s important to take into account the building and equipment costs associated with the type of restaurant you plan to own. The building and equipment costs for an A&W franchise range between $212,285–$1,350,487. These costs cover professional fees, licenses and permits, site work, signs, the necessary technology and software systems, as well as furnishings, fixtures, and equipment.
Potential franchise partners who are considering A&W should also factor in the other expenses required to sustain their restaurant for the start of your business. These other expenses, ranging between $66,000–$244,402 depending on the type of restaurant, include your Grand Opening promotion deposit, management training course expenses, on-site team member training expenses, miscellaneous opening costs, opening inventory, and additional funds to cover the first 3 months of operations.
Total Investment Cost
The total investment cost to open an A&W Restaurant franchise varies depending on the type of restaurant location you want to own. The cost ranges between $278,285–$1,594,889, and covers the initial franchise fee, building and equipment costs, and other expenses.
Do You Offer Financing?
While we do not offer direct financing, A&W works with a variety of industry experts and third parties in financing who may be able to assist. If you meet the minimum financial requirement for operating capital and net worth, let’s discuss your available options and collaborate toward your entrepreneurial goals.
Learn More about Costs and Fees
Are you interested in learning more about the A&W Restaurant franchise opportunity? Start a conversation with our franchise team when you fill out our form here. We’ll contact you with a complimentary copy of our Franchise Information Report, which contains more details about the A&W franchising process. We look forward to hearing from you!