We Have the Momentum




How much does it cost to open a restaurant?

The total investment varies; however, here are the estimates from our 2016 FDD:
  • Free standing Arby’s location: $332,700 – $856,500 (lease); $904,700 – $1,647,000 (land and building purchase)
  • Non-free standing Arby’s location: $272,700 – $1,025,000 (lease)

Am I qualified?

To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of $500,000 in liquidity and $1,000,000 net worth Optimally, we’re looking for a minimum commitment of three restaurants per development agreement. Finally, we’re looking for franchisees who are ready to Inspire Smiles Through Delicious Experiences.

What is a typical Arby’s restaurant size?

A typical freestanding Arby’s restaurant is traditionally about 3,000 square feet; however, our 2,000-square-foot Inspire design, which debuted in 2014, is designed to fit on smaller lots. The smaller footprint reduces costs while maintaining strong sales.

How many seats does an Arby’s have?

The Inspire 2000 restaurant has 65 to 80 seats, while end cap and urban inline locations have 40 to 60 seats.

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How much of your business occurs at the drive-thru window?

Well over 60% of our transactions happen at the drive-thru — and those sales give Arby’s a huge competitive advantage in the growing sandwich category.

Does Arby’s make money off the ingredients it supplies to franchisees?

Actually, purchasing is handled by ARCOP, Inc., a nonprofit supply chain co-operative that is directed by Arby’s franchisees. ARCOP makes food, packaging, beverage, capital assets, services, and operating supplies available to franchisee-owned and company-owned restaurants.

ARCOP uses Arby’s system volume to negotiate with suppliers and distributors, thus establishing pricing for all Arby’s restaurants. All domestic franchised and company-owned Arby’s restaurants are members of ARCOP. If you wish to purchase from another source you must obtain our ARG’s approval. If you wish to purchase items from a supplier or distributor ARG has not previously approved, you must request approval in writing. Approval of any supplier or distributor will be based on approved criteria in existence at that time.