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191. A&W Restaurants

Last Year's Rank: 185

Investment Range: $266,500 - $1,211,000

Initial Franchise Fee: $15,000 - $30,000

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description

A&W is a chain of fast-food restaurants distinguished by its draft root beer and root beer floats. It has franchise locations all over the world, serving a menu of American favorites such as hamburgers, French fries and hot dogs.
Roy Allen founded A&W in 1919, and later partnered with Frank Wright. The chain is named after the first initial of each of their last names.
Previously owned by Yum Brands, A&W’s franchisee association banded together with its larger international franchisee and current CEO Kevin Bazner to purchase the brand under the name A Great American Brand.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $351,306,000

US Units: 615

International Units: 372

Total Units: 987

Percent Franchised: 100%

% International Units: 38%

US Franchised Units: 611

International Franchised Units: 372

Sales Growth %: -0.8%

Unit Growth %: 1.3%

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