At a Glance
- Founded: 1972
- Locations: 6,541
- Initial Investment: $ 845K - 1,600K
- Headquarters: Dublin, OH
- Category: Burgers Fast Food Food & Restaurant
Wendy’s is the third biggest fast food restaurant chain in the world with close to 7,000 locations, although its sales puts the brand at number two in the world. Wendy’s main draw is its “old fashioned” hamburgers, which are square in shape and made of fresh ground beef (unlike the frozen patties of Wendy’s main competitors). The restaurant’s most popular ad campaign “Where’s the Beef?” originated in the 1980s and has resurfaced in the past year to emphasize the quality and size of the meat. In addition to burgers, Wendy’s also offers up chicken sandwiches, French fries, salads, and desserts like the ice cream-based Frosty.
In 1969, Dave Thomas founded Wendy’s with a vision of owning the best restaurant in the world. He built Wendy’s with a focus on quality: fresh, never frozen beef, fresh ingredients, a friendly and inviting atmosphere, and delicious food at an affordable price. By partnering with the best suppliers in the business, we can serve fresh food every day that provides a unique restaurant experience for our customers. We are proud that nearly 50 years later, we are still guided by Dave’s vision and core values and continue to run the company like a family business.