The Checkers franchise is a fast-casual franchise known for its burgers, fries, wings, hot dogs, and more. The brand was established in 1986 by James E. Mattei in Mobile, Alabama. As a franchisee, you benefit from smaller footprints; great cash flow with a drive-thru, walk-up window, and e-commerce lane; and opportunities for growth with multi-unit deals. Franchise owners also benefit from a culture that values service and fosters a can-do attitude. With more than three decades of experience, the leadership team provides you with the tools you need to succeed. Since about 30% of Checkers locations are corporate-owned, all changes to the system will be vetted by the franchisor before it goes out to franchisees.  

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Checkers Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Fast-casual franchises are some of the most popular businesses in the country. An established brand to consider is Checkers. The fast-casual brand is known for its burgers, fries, milkshakes, hot dogs, and more. It was established by  James E. Mattei in Mobile, Alabama in 1986. To increase its reach even more, Checkers acquired Rally's. In order to keep up with the times, Checkers and Rally's locations focus on drive-thru and walk-up service over a dining room. With walk-up and drive-thru services, you have opportunity for great cash flow and smaller footprints. There are also multi-unit opportunities in several markets. Franchisees benefit from a people-centric culture that fosters a can-do attitude. You also benefits from the franchisor's decades of experience. The brand's locations are unique and versatile and take about 6-12 months to develop. To make the development process more seamless for franchisees, construction and real estate mangers are assigned to each franchise owner. The brand's nimble modular restaurants with closed kitchens are constructed off site and delivered to the location site. The Checkers franchise's development process yields a quicker turn around time, which allows franchise business owners to open their location faster. You will also be provided with great support and training.
In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that explains everything you need to know about running the business properly. This program is broken down into on-the-job and classroom instruction. During that time, you'll learn about the brand's history, marketing and advertising, food preparation, and more. The support and training are ongoing. 

Company Details

Headquarters: Tampa, FL 33607
Canada: No
International: No
Founded: 1986
First franchise: 1989
B2B: No
Home-based/mobile: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Absentee: Yes

Support and Training Offered By Checkers

In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that explains everything you need to know about running the business properly. This program is broken down into on-the-job and classroom instruction. During that time, you'll learn about the brand's history, marketing and advertising, food preparation, and more. The support and training are ongoing.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Checkers Franchise.

What does a Checkers Franchise Cost?

Checkers franchise fees for 2024:

Net Worth Requirement: $750,000
Veteran Incentives: Franchise fee waived
Initial Franchise Fee: $20,000 – $30,000 per location
Initial Investment: $790,797 - $2,368,316
Royalty Fee: 4%
Net Worth Requirement: $750,000
Cash Requirement: $250,000

Is Checkers a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Checkers is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Checkers a Home Based franchise?

No. Checkers is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Checkers Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Checkers franchisees make. Checkers offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Checkers Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Checkers franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Checkers Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Checkers franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Checkers Looking for International franchisees?

No. Checkers franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Checkers's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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When evaluating a franchise opportunity, reading and understanding the current version of their FDD is a necessity. Considering the benefits of franchising, such as established brand recognition and support from the franchisor, it's important to also take into account franchise fees and franchising royalty fees. Since most franchisors are privately owned companies, the current versions of their FDDs are typically not available unless requested directly from them.

Click here to connect with a Franchise Consultant who can help you obtain a copy quickly and for free. They can also guide you through the essential franchise questions to ask, ensuring you make a well-informed decision about your investment.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Checkers Franchises for Sale

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