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Franchise Influencers: Kevin Bazner, CEO, A&W Restaurants

As part of our annual Influencer Issue, 1851 Franchise has enlisted the help of the franchise community to compile a list of the top people making moves in the franchise industry.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
Updated 10:10AM 03/28/23

Kevin Bazner


Bazner has nearly 50 years in the restaurant industry and has been involved with the team at A&W Restaurants, Inc. for over 30 years. He joined the company in 1985 and took over the International Division of A&W in 1988 based in Kuala Lumpr, Malaysia. Bazner is committed to the long-term development of the iconic 100-year-old chain and is currently the Chief Executive Officer overseeing accelerated growth of the brand both domestically and internationally.

About A&WEstablished in 1919 in Lodi, California as a roadside stand, A&W Restaurants now stands as a thriving part of the American experience. With 500-plus locations across the country, including 300 standalone restaurants, the brand remains a one-of-a-kind true original. Even its signature A&W Root Beer, served in an iconic frosty mug, is handcrafted at the restaurant. Today, that traditional approach is resonating strongly with consumers, who are looking for authentic brands.

Total Locations: 500+

Investment Range: $871,000 to $1,454,750

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