History and our Expansion
founders Zach McLeroy & Tony Townley looked around their community and saw
plenty of fast food or sit-down dining options but felt that something was
missing. They decided to provide the freshest chicken fingers and Buffalo wings
in town. That hatched a simple idea to create a fun atmosphere where food
quality is of the utmost importance. In 1990, they opened the first Zaxby’s in
Statesboro, GA. The concept, one of the early “quick casual” restaurants, has
proven to be very successful.
year, we've expanded our footprint. In the early days, it was a handful of
locations throughout Georgia. We eased into the Atlanta market, then into
neighboring states. Little by little, the word got out. By popular demand, Zaxby's
restaurants were catching on in communities from the sandy plains of Florida to
the Appalachian hills. If history is any indication, the next frontier leads us
right across the Mississippi and all the way to the west coast. Assuming we're
right, we think there's still time to "get in early" on what we hope
will become the next big national restaurant chain. With most of our
restaurants still concentrated in the southeast, that leaves a whole lot of
unclaimed territory. And one day, we think there will be Zaxby's restaurants
across all of it.
Brand and Exceptional Culture
We believe our
culture is the soul of our brand. From the beginning, Zaxby's has been known
for having just the right combination of great food, a comfortable vibe, and
fun people that care about each other. Turns out, those things also translate
into customer loyalty. In fact, one of our main objectives over the years has
been carefully preserving the personality of the company. It hasn't been easy.
But year after year, we've grown our customer base around this important
nucleus. And it's made us the fastest-growing chicken chain in the country.
offers innovative menu design and product development. Our training programs
are aligned with the best practices in the learning industry. We offer
dedicated field operations and business consultant staff. We will also provide
Site selection, construction, and pre-opening assistance. Zaxby’s has award
winning advertising campaigns, local store marketing tools, and community
Franchising, Inc., actively seeks highly qualified individuals to become
Licensees. Prior business experience, financial qualifications, motivation,
team spirit and a track record of personal success are all important factors in
our evaluation process. Prospective Licensees must have a collective net worth
of at least $700K with liquid assets greater than $400K, and the ability to
satisfactorily pass background checks for the following: reasonable credit worthiness,
no criminal convictions, no history of extensive litigation, and satisfactory
motor vehicle report. Willingness of all investors to personally guarantee any
obligations that is required under the license agreement.
The initial franchise
fee due to Zaxby’s Franchising, Inc. is currently $35,000 per restaurant.
Zaxby’s franchisees also pay an on-going royalty rate of 6%. The initial
investment to open a Zaxby’s restaurant, exclusive of real estate costs, is
$230,500 - $511,400. All of our
locations are free standing with a drive-thru.