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A&W Franchise Review


After more than 60 years in business and over 950 restaurants across Canada, A&W has become the fastest growing national burger chain in the country. Since opening their first drive-in restaurant in Winnipeg in 1965, they have proudly served great-tasting burgers, onion rings and their famous root beer in frosted mugs to millions of happy customers.

In 2013, A&W started on a journey to provide their customers with the highest-quality food that is farmed with care. They became the first national burger chain to serve beef raised without hormones and steroids, chicken and pork raised without antibiotics and eggs from hens that are fed a vegetarian diet without containing any animal by-products.


A&W has a unique structure for franchising as it offers different models for drive-thru, urban and small-town restaurants. The minimum investment runs anywhere between $250,000-$500,000 in liquid assets and the requirements vary based on the location.

A&W offers favourable financing for franchisees through their established relationships with top-tier financial institutions. This gives franchisees access to the capital they need to reach their goals.

Getting Started

The franchise application process starts with getting a firm understanding of the A&W franchise structure. Because the model is different for small-town, drive thru and urban restaurants, it is crucial that owners understand what their specific location and area will require.

A&W offers comprehensive training and mentorship from the opening team and operations specialists. They offer help in selecting the perfect location to design and build a franchise, as well as expert advice on lease negotiation, site planning and more.

The A&W Difference

A&W offers all franchisees the opportunity to join them in Vancouver for a Discovery Day. Here, they will have the chance to meet the executive team, learn more about the company and how it was built from the ground up, review documents and receive a guided tour of an established A&W location.

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