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11. Wendy's

Last Year's Rank: 11

Investment Range: $2,018,500 - $3,654,000

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Ohio-based Wendy's is the third-largest burger chain in the world behind McDonald's and Burger King. Founded by the iconic restaurateur Dave Thomas in 1969, Wendy’s is named after a nickname for his daughter Melinda.

Thomas started franchising Wendy’s just a few years after opening its first location in Columbus, Ohio. It now has thousands of locations in the U.S. and hundreds in 29 other countries.

Wendy’s recently got on board with the on-demand delivery trend, partnering exclusively with DoorDash to provide U.S. customers with their food via a smartphone app. The chain has also started installing self-ordering kiosks in some of their locations for a more efficient customer experience.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $10,300,000,000

US Units: 5,769

International Units: 865

Total Units: 6,634

Percent Franchised: 95%

% International Units: 13%

US Franchised Units: 5,432

International Franchised Units: 865

Sales Growth %: 3.72%

Unit Growth %: 1.48%

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