Rank no. 478 – Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. – US
Products & Services: Burgers & fries
Number of Locations: 777
Total Investment: $240K – 1.24M
Began Franchising: 1989
About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants got its start in 1986 in Mobile, Alabama. A year earlier, Rally’s Drive-In had opened its first restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1999, the two concepts merged into a single double drive-thru burger chain. In addition to burgers, the restaurants serve chicken, fish, hot dogs, fries, and desserts.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $240,000 – $1,235,400
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Net Worth: $750,000
Liquid Cash Available: $250,000
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. In training restaurant : 5 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising,
Other marketing support: Broadcast, radio & print advertising
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #478 (2013), #198 (2012), #380 (2011), #76 (2010), #89 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #68 (2010),
America’s Top Global: #156 (2012), #63 (2010), #73 (2009),
Checkers & Rally’s restaurants were born out of the idea that a bland and flavorless burger was downright bad and that Americans everywhere deserved a better tasting burger — one that was unexpectedly bold, made-to-order and priced at a value that was hard to beat. Founded by experienced foodies with a renegade spirit, both the Checkers & Rally’s unique double drive-thru concept, with its over-the-top checkerboard squares, chrome styling, red neon signs and of course the food, was an instant hit. These two new burger experiences were hot, fresh and served with a smile. People were hooked, and the world of cookie cutter corporate burger establishments was about to change.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. burst onto the burger scene with their over-the-top flavors in 1986 in Mobile, Alabama.
Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. first fired up the grill and started cooking in 1985 in Louisville, Kentucky.
TWO GREAT FLAVORS UNITE
After successfully opening and maintaining 200+ restaurant chain businesses in several Midwestern and Southeastern states, in 1999 Checkers & Rally’s would bring their passion for big flavor together. This successful merger would make Checkers & Rally’s the largest double drive thru restaurant chain in the country. Which in turn would only help bolster both the Checkers & Rally’s brands on all fronts. Today Checkers & Rally’s have more than 800 restaurants open in the United States. And with the hard working, can-do attitude that every Checkers & Rally’s employee and franchisee brings to work with them every day, we’re only certain to grow even more.