The Wendy's franchise is one of the most recognizable franchises in the world with over 6,800 locations. From the beginning,  Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s restaurant in 1969. to this day, the company continues to follow his sound principles to ensure it builds upon its position as a quality leader in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry. Wendy's is in the "Big Three" chains along with McDonald's and Burger King. The company offers wide range of healthy dishes including hamburgers, fresh-made salads, wraps, and chicken. The brand is continuing to grow and is always looking for candidates to get their part of the billion-dollar fast food market.

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Wendy's Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


Wendy's believes that its success is linked to:

Its approach to corporate social responsibility, which the company calls Good Done Right. Focusing on respect, equality, and fair treatment for our team members, franchisees and partners is a central to the business. 
Strong, experienced leadership team
Commitment to quality and our innovative, evolving product line
Impactful advertising and digital marketing that include "clapping back" on Twitter and calling out competition 
Restaurants are designed with an emphasis on friendly, accurate, and fast service in an inviting, modern, clean, and upbeat environment. Additionally. the company offers a flexible range of footprints & investment options because it believe that everyone deserves to experience Wendy’s, no matter where you’re located.
Experienced franchise community including its “Next Generation” of franchisees
Community involvement through its support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that strives to find loving homes for children in the foster care system

Qualifications for candidates include:

Those looking for single-unit and multi-unit opportunities through the development of new restaurants or by the acquisition of existing restaurants
Operators who have single-unit or multi-unit restaurant experience, preferably in quick service, with proven leadership skills
Passionate operators with a focus on restaurant experience, local market knowledge, and a strong willingness to learn and practice the Wendy’s business model
Exceptional managerial and business acumen
A growth-driven mindset with the vision to expand into multiple locations
Access to adequate capital for reinvestment in Wendy’s image Activation program and new restaurant development
Look into becoming a Wendy's franchise owner today. 

Company Details

Founded 1969
Canada Yes
International Yes

Support and Training Offered By Wendy's

The Wendy's franchise's typical initial training program will be approximately 20-24 weeks long. These classes will include online, classroom, virtual instructor led and on-the-job training. Additionally. training is conducted at various certified training restaurants throughout the United States. The franchisor also offers and may require additional training programs over time. 

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Wendy's Franchise.

What does a Wendy's Franchise Cost?

Wendy's franchise fees for 2022:

Initial Investment: $2,000,000 to $3,5000,000
Liquid Cash Requirement: $500,000
Net Worth Requirement: $1,000,000
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Royalty Fee: 4%
Ad Fund: 3.5%

Is Wendy's a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Wendy's 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 Wendy's a Home Based franchise?

No. Wendy's is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Wendy's Franchise Owners Make?

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

Is Wendy's Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Wendy's franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Wendy's Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Wendy's franchise is looking for International franchisees.

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




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Wendy's Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Wendy's franchises for sale. We may have Wendy's franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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