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About Arby's

Forrest and Leroy Raffel started their food-service consulting firm, Raffel Brothers Inc., in the 1950s, but were soon thinking about starting their own restaurant. On a rainy night, the brothers found inspiration–roast beef sandwiches. In 1964, the first Arby’s (“R.B.” for “Raffel Brothers”) opened in Boardman, Ohio.

The original Arby’s menu consisted of roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and iced tea. Over time other sandwiches, curly fries, milkshakes, meals for kids and light choices have been added to the menu.

The Arby’s brand purpose is Inspiring Smiles Through Delightful Experiences®. Arby’s delivers on its purpose by celebrating the art of Meatcraft® with a variety of high-quality proteins and innovative, crave-able sides, such as Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes.

Arby’s Fast Crafted® restaurant services feature a unique blend of quick-serve speed combined with the quality and made-for-you care of fast casual. Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the franchisor of the Arby’s Brand and is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,500 restaurants in nine countries.

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Jim Taylor, President

Started Franchising

1965 (56 years)

Total Number of Units

3,505 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Arby’s Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Arby’s franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Arby’s franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Arby’s franchise is not specified.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Arby’s Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Arby’s Arby’s has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Arby's Company Details

Here are some additional details about Arby's.

Parent Company Inspire Brands
Initial Investment $12,500 - $50,000
Net Worth Requirement $1,000,000
Veteran Incentives 50% off development fee; license fee waived; royalty fee reduced for first year
Royalty Fee 4%
Ad Royalty 4.20%
Cash Requirement $500,000
Term of Agreement Up to 20 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Arby’s

Arby’s offers several support options to its franchisees. With 3,505 (as of 2020) units, Arby’s aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Arby’s offers 336 hours on the job training, No classroom training, and At certified training restaurant additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Arby's.

On-The-Job Training 336 hours
Classroom Training No
Additional Training At certified training restaurant
Ongoing Support
  • Purchasing Co-ops
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • Proprietary Software
  • Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
  • Co-op Advertising
  • Ad Templates
  • National Media
  • Regional Advertising
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App
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Is Arby’s Right For You?

Arby’s has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find Arby’s online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of Arby’s online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a Arby’s franchise and offer tips to running a successful Arby’s franchise location.


Why Should You Start a Arby’s Franchise?

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