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A&W Restaurants, Inc.

In 1919, our founder Roy Allen set up a roadside drink stand in Lodi, California to introduce a new beverage called "root beer" at a parade honoring returning World War I veterans. With his creation an instant success, Allen and partner Frank Wright named the beverage we know today as A&W® Root Beer. 96 years later we are proud to stick to our roots and honor the past, while growing with the changing times.

Product Category: Limited Service Restaurant
1648 McGrathiana Pkwy, Suite 380, Lexington KY, 40511
Website: awrestaurants.com/franchising
Years in Business: 96
Number of Locations: 640 (U.S.), 350 (International excluding Canada)
Total Investment: $165,000 to $1,072,000
Other Financial Requirements: A&W does not have a set financial requirement criteria, as we look at each situation independently
Areas of Operation: U.S. and 9 other countries (excluding Canada)
Looking to Expand into: All U.S. regions and Southeast Asia


Consider this a unique opportunity to join a 96-year-old iconic American brand being run with the entrepreneurial spirit of a startup company. Since December 2011, when A&W was purchased by a partnership of domestic and international franchisees, A&W set its sight on becoming a world class franchise organization. Over the last 3 years, we've invested our resources in defining a competitive brand strategy that impacts all consumer touch points and has us well-positioned to capitalize on our heritage while remaining relevant to today's consumer. We’re inviting you to join the A&W family.


Jeana Banks
[email protected]
(859) 721-1328
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