Why A&W is a great brand for your convenience store or gas station

Convenience and gas station owners looking to pair with fast food franchises benefit from increased value, more foot traffic and additional revenue stream with A&W.

Pictured are a bacon cheeseburger with onion, lettuce and tomato; a pile of fries; and a Root Beer float in an A&W-branded mug. If you’re looking for a name-brand fast food franchise to partner with your convenience store and gas station locations, A&W Restaurants may be the right fit. We’ve got 100 years of experience, strong year-over-year sales and the brand recognition to help increase your foot traffic. A&W is known for our emphasis on great food and a family-friendly experience. We offer several advantages to C-store operators:

  • A menu with broad appeal
  • Floor plan flexibility that can allow C-store owners to fit our brand within property they already own
  • A strong supply chain that reaches all corners of the country
  • A company that is franchisee-owned with franchisee representation, meaning you have a say in the overall business strategy.

How A&W can help you amp up your business

Profit generators are a must for anyone in the gas business. By partnering with A&W, you can put a freestanding restaurant on your property in as little as 2,000 square feet.

A&W already partners with experienced brands like Casey’s and TravelCenters of America, and we are eager to welcome more C-stores and travel centers to help expand our reach as we help pump up your existing business.

Fast food franchises like A&W serve as a magnet for additional traffic to your site and allow you to capture more of your customers’ spending — at margins significantly better than fuel sales. Investing in A&W franchises provide you with another high-volume sales opportunity.

“We have a lot of signage for A&W in our C-store. We are working on a daily special plan and we’re in the process of getting register receipt coupons which will cross promote with our grocery. “Spend $25 get a free float, spend $75 get a free ‘something’,” says Brandon Brown, who owns a C-store with an A&W franchise, along with a grocery store and Subway franchise. “The Local Store Marketing support was one of the reasons we picked A&W. The marketing materials are very professional.”

A&W wins, too: Your convenience stores and gas stations allow us to expand our growth in a thoughtful way with companies whose values are similar to our own. We currently have 92 C&G locations, and we will increase those numbers in 2019.

Why you’ll love our fast food franchise

The A&W brand is owned by its franchisees, including the National A&W Franchisees Association (NAWFA). In fact, every employee at the A&W Restaurant Support Center works a shift in one of our restaurants at least once every quarter. There’s no better way to see how our processes are impacting the bottom line.

“It is refreshing that the team genuinely cares about your business and the team travels the road together with you,” says Brown. “There is no big ‘corporate’ mentality. A&W cares less about lining their pockets than your own success, and they know the business success is a two-way street. If we’re making money, they make money.”

NAWFA is comprised of owners who have spent years on the front lines of their own A&W franchises. They helped us successfully restructure the business model in 2011, and we have experienced an average sales increases of almost 33% since then.

We are there to support all our owner/operators, but it’s still your business. A&W provides you with our time-tested systems and the benefits of our supply chain, and we’re there anytime you need us. Our commitment to you is that we are dedicated to creating long-term recurring cash flow and potential multi-generational wealth for our franchisees.

Because we’re owned by our franchisees, there is no exit strategy — just long-term, sustainable growth plans.

Our number one goal is to help our operators grow profitable same-store sales, delivering value to our guests without sacrificing profitability.

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A&W supply chain creates big advantages for people who want to start small and scale up

A&W Restaurant franchises work where you are, thanks to a supply chain vendor with a very far reach

New franchisees find big efficiencies when they invest in A&W Restaurant franchises. That’s true whether you are a multi-unit franchisee diversifying into a new brand, or a small town entrepreneur looking for a franchise that works well in smaller communities.

One of A&W’s biggest strengths as a business opportunity is our supply chain. Our menu, brand recognition, and franchisee ownership structure are cherries on top.

Our supply chain advantage

Our supply chain vendor Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (RSCS) is a major buying co-op that handles supply and distribution for Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, three of the largest franchises in the U.S.

That means great prices on food, paper and restaurant equipment for our franchisees. The fact that RSCS is already servicing tens of thousands of restaurants means there’s nowhere in the country they can’t go. That gives our owner-operators the kind of buying power and reach usually afforded only to much larger franchise systems. That’s a boon for our small-town franchise owners as well as multi-unit developers who want to delve into new territories.

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Learn more about becoming a part of the A&W franchise family. Fill out the form on this page to start a conversation, or explore our research pages to learn more about the franchise opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!

A&W named among FBR’s Top 25 food franchises

Franchise Business Review’s independent survey shows why A&W Restaurants might be one of the best fast food franchises to own

A&W was named a Top 25 franchise by Franchise Business Review (FBR) in its 2019 report on the Top Food and Beverage Franchises.

Coming on the heels of our 100th anniversary, A&W is not only the oldest restaurant franchise in the country, we may also be one of the best. We are especially proud to be included in the FBR ranking, since these awards are based on feedback from an independent survey that gauges franchisee satisfaction.

FBR, a market research company, provides the only ranking of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. For the 2019 ranking of the list of top food and beverage franchises, FBR analyzed 18 months’ worth of data from over 4,200 franchise owners in the food sector regarding their overall satisfaction with their brands and their likelihood to recommend them to others.

“One of our biggest competitive advantages is the way our ownership is structured,” says A&W CEO Kevin Bazner. “Our shareholders are our franchise partners. It’s a long-term view of the business. There’s no exit strategy, and our franchisees have a true say in all our business decisions.”

A&W’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

Michelle Rowan, president of FBR, talks about the awards selection process in the video below:

““The food franchise sector is historically one of the toughest, but delivers a tremendous return on investment for many,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “The key is to choose the right brand. The food and beverage brands on this year’s list are performing well in many areas that are critical to their franchisees’ success. 85% of food and beverage franchisees we surveyed said they enjoy operating their business and 79% said they would do it all over again if given the opportunity, which are strong indicators of business owner satisfaction.”

Some of the highlights from A&W owner surveys included top marks for:

  • Respect
  • Enjoying the organization
  • Honesty & integrity
  • Trust
  • Enjoying the business

In addition, we were 20% higher on FBR’s benchmark as it relates to “involving franchisees.”

Learn more about A&W franchise opportunities

A&W fast food franchises are a perfect investment opportunity for all kinds of entrepreneurs, from those who want to improve their hometowns to those who want to buy several locations and scale quickly. We have 600+ franchises locations nationwide and are continuing to grow strategically. Please explore our research pages and request our free Franchise Information Report to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

How our brand of hip nostalgia brings in customers

Yes, it’s the food and the atmosphere. But A&W’s hip nostalgia is scientifically proven to make people feel better.


As we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary this year, our particular brand of hip nostalgia is standing out more than ever. A&W Restaurants have been around since the summer of 1919 when we opened our first Root Beer stand in Lodi, CA, and our customers have been making fond memories ever since. The fact that we’ve been around so long is part of the reason our customers keep coming back, and bringing new generations with them.

We’re still a thoroughly modern fast food franchise, with sophisticated business systems that rely on the latest technology. Our ownership structure has guided us through a brand resurgence. Franchisees brought out the brand in 2011. Since then, A&W Restaurants have enjoyed a nearly 33% increase in average same-store sales.

Why nostalgia is driving guest traffic

Pete Knight owns A&W franchises in St. Helena and Lodi, CA, where it all began. His relationship with the brand goes back a lot further than 1995, when he opened his first A&W Restaurant. “My favorite A&W memories are of going to the A&W Drive-In in San Rafael, CA, where they had carhops, and eating a cheeseburger and fries in the back seat of our family car with my mom, dad and little sister,” says Knight, who went to work as a cook for A&W when he was a teenager in the 1970s.

Knight worked his way up through management and eventually became a franchisee. He loves the value A&W still places on nostalgia. “We serve our root beer in frosty glass mugs like Roy Allen did in 1919,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle recently. “He was very passionate about it, and we still are.”

He’s not the only fan of nostalgia, as it turns out. Studies show nostalgia gives people better self-esteem and boosts optimism. It also makes people feel happier, more socially connected and even gives life more meaning, according to Psychology Today.

Great food and happy memories are a powerful combination — especially when combined with near-universal brand recognition.

Learn more about the franchise opportunity

A&W fast food franchises are a perfect investment opportunity for all kinds of entrepreneurs, from those who want to improve their hometowns to those who want to buy several locations and scale quickly. We have 600+ franchises locations nationwide and are continuing to grow strategically. Please explore our research pages and request our free Franchise Information Report to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!