About Culver's

In 1984, Craig and Lea Culver, along with Craig’s parents George and Ruth, opened the very first Culver’s in the family’s beloved hometown of Sauk City, Wisconsin, and began serving ButterBurgers® and Frozen Custard.

Craveable as our signature combination is, the Culver family knew right away that although the business is centered around the food, it is really about the people. While folks can vividly recall the first time they bit into a ButterBurger or tasted a scoop of rich, creamy Fresh Frozen Custard, it’s our way of welcoming guests that truly makes Culver’s delicious.

OUR MISSION

WE GENUINELY CARE, SO EVERY GUEST WHO CHOOSES CULVER’S LEAVES HAPPY – Whether we’re cooking the perfect ButterBurger® to order or scooping up our freshest batch of the Flavor of the Day, we work hard to ensure you will always leave happy. It all goes back to our small-town Wisconsin roots. We know you have a lot to do and many options to choose from, so we appreciate when you take the time to visit Culver’s. If we can do our part to make your day better – with a wholesome, delicious meal or a heartfelt smile – we’ve done our job.

HANDCRAFTED FRESHNESS – As Craig Culver always says, “We never compromise on quality.” It’s a promise that begins with sourcing the best ingredients and continues through to the way we prepare your meal: fresh, just for you. It’s why we always use fresh, never frozen beef and whole, white meat chicken from America’s family farms. It’s why we only use family farm-fresh dairy for our Frozen Custard. And it’s why every single Cheese Curd we’ve served has come from a Wisconsin dairy farm. We care about where your food comes from because we know you do too. We also know quality is something you can taste. So every ButterBurger is cooked to order and topped with a lightly buttered, toasted bun. And our Fresh Frozen Custard is made in small batches right in the restaurant all day, every day. It’s not the easiest way to do it, but we believe it’s the right way.

HOMETOWN HOSPITALITY – Hospitality has always been near and dear to our hearts. So, dining in or on the go, we make a point of treating you the way we’d want to be treated. From holding a door to asking about your meal, it’s our pleasure to serve you – and we do it with a smile. Our dedication to hospitality goes back to Craig’s mother, Ruth Culver, who had a special way about her that made every guest who visited Culver’s feel welcomed like a guest in her home. Carrying on her legacy continues to be our truest measure of success, whether in our first restaurant in Sauk City or one of the 740-plus Culver’s locations across the United States.

Company Founded

1984

Current Leadership

Joseph Koss, President & CEO

Started Franchising

1988 (33 years)

Total Number of Units

765 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

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

There are several costs associated with opening a Culver’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 Culver’s franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Culver’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 (Culver’s Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Culver’s Culver’s has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Culver's Company Details

Here are some additional details about Culver's.

Initial Investment $55,000
Veteran Incentives $10,000 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 4%
Ad Royalty 2.50%
Cash Requirement $350,000 - $600,000
Term of Agreement 15 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Culver’s

Culver’s offers several support options to its franchisees. With 765 (as of 2020) units, Culver’s aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Culver’s offers 550 hours on the job training, 172 hours classroom training, and No additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Culver's.

On-The-Job Training 550 hours
Classroom Training 172 hours
Additional Training No
Ongoing Support
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • 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

Is Culver’s Right For You?

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

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Why Should You Start a Culver’s Franchise?

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