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Franchising

Join the Wendy’s® Family and Grow with Us!

 

When Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s restaurant on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, Dave didn’t just turn his lifelong dream into reality — he shared it with everyone. Five decades later, we’ve stayed true to Dave’s vision and values on our mission to becoming the most thriving and beloved restaurant brand.

 

At Wendy’s, our purpose is to create joy and opportunity through food, family, and community. As we plan to build more traditional restaurants over the next several years, we’re seeking new franchise owners to supercharge our efforts, transform markets and unlock new potential.

 

Ownership in the Wendy’s System is a transformational financial opportunity that can impact generations. Want to grow with Wendy’s for years to come? We want to hear from you! 

Let's Thrive Together

From process and requirements to programs and success stories, click below to learn more.

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Getting Started
Getting Started

Wendy’s is seeking entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about serving fresh, craveable food and providing exceptional customer service. Learn more about our franchising process, qualifications and requirements and get started today!

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Programs
Programs

Wendy's development programs and close relationships with preferred financial lenders help create pathways for everyone who wants to grow with the Wendy's System. 

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Bring Wendy's to Your Market
Bring Wendy's to Your Market

Wendy's has potential trade areas all around the world. Check out where we are looking to grow! 

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Pick Your Restaurant Design
Pick Your Restaurant Design

Franchise ownership in the Wendy's System isn't one-size-fits-all. Franchise owners are successful when they meet the demands of customers in their neighborhoods and operate locations well-suited for their local community. Learn about our future-forward approach to restaurant design. 

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Thrive with Us
Thrive with Us

Becoming a Wendy’s franchisee is an opportunity to grow and lead with a thriving and beloved restaurant brand. Don’t just take our word for it, we’re proud winners of: 

  • Entrepreneur Fastest Growing International Franchises 2023
  • Franchise Business Review Top Recession-Proof Franchise 2023
  • Entrepreneur 2023 Franchise 500 Ranking
  • Franchise Business Review Top Franchise for 2023
  • Canadian Franchise Association Hall of Fame 2022
  • Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence 2022 (Bronze)
  • Canadian Franchise Association Choice Designation 2022

 

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Questions? We Got You!
Questions? We Got You!

Applying to become a Wendy's franchisee is an exciting first step towards owning your opportunity. Have questions? We have answers. 

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Contact Us
Contact Us

Are you passionate about serving fresh, craveable food and providing exceptional customer service? Own your opportunity today—get in touch!

hand with pen filling out application
Getting Started
Getting Started

Wendy’s is seeking entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about serving fresh, craveable food and providing exceptional customer service. Learn more about our franchising process, qualifications and requirements and get started today!

own your own opportunity logo
Programs
Programs

Wendy's development programs and close relationships with preferred financial lenders help create pathways for everyone who wants to grow with the Wendy's System. 

world map
Bring Wendy's to Your Market
Bring Wendy's to Your Market

Wendy's has potential trade areas all around the world. Check out where we are looking to grow! 

wendys restaurant sign
Pick Your Restaurant Design
Pick Your Restaurant Design

Franchise ownership in the Wendy's System isn't one-size-fits-all. Franchise owners are successful when they meet the demands of customers in their neighborhoods and operate locations well-suited for their local community. Learn about our future-forward approach to restaurant design. 

Wendy's Franchisees accept award on stage
Thrive with Us
Thrive with Us

Becoming a Wendy’s franchisee is an opportunity to grow and lead with a thriving and beloved restaurant brand. Don’t just take our word for it, we’re proud winners of: 

  • Entrepreneur Fastest Growing International Franchises 2023
  • Franchise Business Review Top Recession-Proof Franchise 2023
  • Entrepreneur 2023 Franchise 500 Ranking
  • Franchise Business Review Top Franchise for 2023
  • Canadian Franchise Association Hall of Fame 2022
  • Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence 2022 (Bronze)
  • Canadian Franchise Association Choice Designation 2022

 

smiling wendy's employee
Questions? We Got You!
Questions? We Got You!

Applying to become a Wendy's franchisee is an exciting first step towards owning your opportunity. Have questions? We have answers. 

Wendy's logo
Contact Us
Contact Us

Are you passionate about serving fresh, craveable food and providing exceptional customer service? Own your opportunity today—get in touch!

Franchisees Love Wendy’s

We're proud that our franchisees come from all walks of life—whether it's longtime members of the Wendy's family who worked their way up the ranks to franchise ownership, or an entrepreneur who believes in our mission and aligns with our values. Here's what they have to say.

SEE TESTIMONIALS

Tour a Restaurant Conversion in Canada

Tollestrup Restaurants “adapt to thinking smaller” with the latest restaurant conversion in Alberta, Canada. 

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Wendys Conversion in Canada
Opening Wendy’s in Travel Centers

A Texas travel center conversion offers big opportunity for WenTex Foods, replacing two competitors with a Wendy’s.

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Wendy's Conversion in Texas Travel Center
Converting the Competition

Excitement abounds for Bridgeman Foods’ new St. Louis, Missouri restaurant conversion.

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Wendy's St. Louis Conversion
Three Wendy's Franchisees Talking
Own Your Own Opportunity

We're proud that our franchisees come from all walks of life— whether it's longtime members of the Wendy's family who worked their way up the ranks to franchise ownership, or an entrepreneur who believes in our mission and aligns with our values. Here's what they have to say.

Global Next Gen

Our new global design standard creates better returns for our franchisees, streamlines operations for our crew members and enhances the overall customer experience.

Wendy's Global Next Gen Restaurant Exterior
Own your opportunity today — get in touch!