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20 Fast-Food Franchise Opportunities to Explore in 2024

With a wide range of fast-food franchise opportunities available, franchisees can choose a brand that aligns with their preferences, financial capacity, and goals. Here we break it down to the basics.

By Victoria CampisiStaff Writer
8:08AM 03/31/24

In a world where fast-paced lifestyles are rapidly becoming the norm, fast-food franchises play a significant role in providing quick and convenient dining options. For entrepreneurs seeking opportunities in the food industry, investing in a fast-food franchise can be a promising venture. 

Whether you're considering joining the ranks of iconic brands like McDonald's and Subway or exploring regional favorites like Culver’s and Jack in the Box, here are the top 20 fast-food franchises and their key information to help you make informed decisions on your franchising journey.

Taco Bell

  • Investment Range: $576,000 - $3.4 million
  • Unit Count: 8,320+

Popeyes

  • Investment Range: $384,000 - $3.7 million 
  • Unit Count: 4,090+

Dunkin

  • Investment Range: $526,900 - $1.8 million
  • Unit Count: 13,370+

Culver’s

  • Investment Range: $2.5 million - $7.2 million
  • Unit Count: 900+

Arby’s

  • Investment Range: $644,950 - $2.4 million
  • Unit Count: 3,600+

KFC

  • Investment Range: $1.9 million - $3.8 million
  • Unit Count: 28,470+

Wendy’s

  • Investment Range: $321,000 - $4.6 million
  • Unit Count: 7,120+

McDonald’s

  • Investment Range: $1.5 million - $2.5 million
  • Unit Count: 40,800+

Burger King

  • Investment Range: $1.8 million - $4.5 million
  • Unit Count: 19,730+

Chick-fil-A

  • Investment Range: $10,000 franchise fee
  • Unit Count: 3,000+

Subway

  • Investment Range: $229,050 - $522,300
  • Unit Count: 36,510+

Pizza Hut

  • Investment Range: $40,600 - $2.1 million
  • Unit Count: 17,990+

Papa John’s

  • Investment Range: $188,615 - $975,415
  • Unit Count: 5,960+

Dairy Queen*

  • Investment Range: $1.5 million - 2.5 million
  • Unit Count: 7,390+

Whataburger

  • Investment Range: $2 million - $2.5 million
  • Unit Count: 980+

Carl’s Jr

  • Investment Range: $1.49 million - $2.2 million
  • Unit Count: 1,690+

Sonic Drive-In

  • Investment Range: $1.7 million - $3.3 million
  • Unit Count: 3,540+

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

  • Investment Range: $794,254 - $2.5 million
  • Unit Count: 490+

Firehouse Subs

  • Investment Range: $200,000 - $1 million
  • Unit Count: 1,280+

Jack in the Box

  • Investment Range: $1.7 million - $2.7 million
  • Unit Count: 2,180+

With an extensive range of franchise opportunities available — each with its own unique menu and brand identity — aspiring franchise owners have the flexibility to choose one that aligns with their preferences, financial capacity, and growth aspirations. From the affordability of Chick-fil-A's minimal franchise fee to the substantial investment required for brands like Culver's and KFC, there's a wide variety of options catering to various budgetary constraints and ambitions. 

By leveraging the information provided, you can navigate the landscape of fast-food franchise opportunities with confidence, positioning yourself for success in this dynamic and rewarding industry.

If you're looking to get into the food industry through a franchise, we can help! Whether buying your first franchise or building your portfolio, 1851 Growth Club will guide you through the buying process with honesty and integrity. Reach out today to learn more.

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