name = Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Wholly owned subsidiary
foundation = 1964
Sandy Springs, Georgia
locations = 3,600 (approx.)
Thomas A. Garrett, President/CEO Michael I. Lippert, COO
Leroy Raffel, founders
Fast food, including: Roast beef· sandwiches
parent = [http://www.wendysarbys.com Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc] [cite web |url=http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=67548&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1197181&highlight= |title=Triarc and Wendy's Shareholders Approve Merger |author=
Triarc|publisher= Triarc|date= 2008-09-15|accessdate= 2008-09-29|quote=]
slogan = "I'm thinking Arby's"
homepage = [http://www.arbys.com/ www.arbys.com]
Arby's is a
fast food restaurantchain in the United Statesand Canadathat is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. It is primarily known for selling roast beefsandwiches, chicken sandwiches, potato cakes, curly fries, and popcorn chicken. The company's target marketattempts to be more adult-oriented than other fast food restaurants. The Arby's menu also includes appetizers, salads, Market Fresh ( deli-style) sandwiches, wraps, and submarine sandwiches.
Arby's was founded by Forrest and
Leroy Raffelin Ohioin 1964, who were determined to own a fast foodfranchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to use the preferred name of "Big Tex", but that name was already being used by an Akron businessman. They eventually decided on the Arby's moniker, based on "R.B.", the initials of Raffel Brothers, [ [http://www.arbysrestaurant.com/inpage/about-history.cfm The Bailey Company - About Us ] ] thus Arby's, LLC, was born. By coincidence, R.B. can also be short for roast beef, the company's main product, a point which was used when the backronym"America's Roast Beef, Yes Sir" was used as an advertising campaign in the 1980s.
After a long interim between successes, Arby's capital had been quite diminished, so a completely new franchise system had to be devised. The Raffel brothers opened the first new restaurant in
Boardman, Ohio(located just outside of Youngstown), on July 23, 1964, where they initially served only roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and drinks. A year later, the first Arby's licenseeopened a restaurant in Akron, Ohio. The famous Arby's 'hat' was designed by the original signmakers, Peskin Sign Co (they continue to make signs for Triarc). Expansion to other states began in 1968, beginning in Pittsburgh (the closest large out-of-state market to Youngstown) and Detroit.
Arby's is currently franchised by
Triarc, who also franchises T.J. Cinnamonsand Pasta Connectionand once owned Royal Crown Cola(better known as R.C. Cola), which Arby's sold into the mid-1990s. At the time, this made Arby's one of the only major restaurant chains to sell a soft drink product other than Pepsior Coca-Cola, with Pepsi itself at the time being mostly relegated to the three restaurants then-owned by Pepsi ( KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut), Subway, and a small handful of sit-down restaurants.
May 31, 2005, Triarc announced that it was purchasing RTM [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EUY/is_21_11/ai_n13831213 "Triarc Companies, Inc. will acquire RTM Restaurant Group, which operates 775 Arby's fast food restaurants, for $175 million in cash plus 10 million shares"] . Food & Drink Weekly. June 6, 2005. FindArticles.com. 19 Jun. 2008.] and would move their headquartersfrom Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Sandy Springs, Georgia. Later that year, Triarc officially bought out RTM. After the buyout the restaurants that were owned by RTM and Triarc were reorganized under the name ARG (Arby's Restaurant Group). Most of the primary leadership of RTM was retained by ARG in either their former role, or as consultants.
restauranthas not been based in the Youngstown area for many years, the chain still has a major presence in the area, including a location on the campus of Youngstown State Universityas well as numerous sponsorship deals and events within the area.
Pittsburgharea is also a major market for Arby's, where for decades was the only overlapping area with Northeastern fast-food chain Roy Rogers. Until Hardee'sunsuccessful purchase of Roy Rogers in 1990, Arby's had a very minimal presence in the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C.area due to Roy Rogers fans supposedly preferring the taste of Roy Roger's roast beef over Arby's. However, since Roy Rogers' rapid decline after the Hardee's takeover (the two restaurants were separated when their parent company at the time, Imasco, sold Hardee's to Carl's Jr.in 1997), Arby's has since expanded their presence in these markets.
Denver and parts of the
Southern United Statesare also major Arby's territories. The Bailey Company(TBC) of Golden, Colorado, is an Arby's franchiser in Colorado, Idahoand Wyoming.
On April 24th 2008,
Wendy'sannounced that it would sell itself to Triarc. According to the New York Times, the stock swap will go for $2.3 billion. [ [http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/24/wendys-to-sell-itself-to-peltzs-triarc/?hp Wendys to Sell Itself to Peltzs Triarc - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds - DealBook - New York Times ] ] Triarc plans to change its corporate name to include the Wendy's name. The headquarters of both Wendy's in Dublin and Arby's in Atlanta will stay in place with Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc as the new corporate name and headquarters also left in Atlanta.
Triarc and its Arby's franchise
subsidiary, Arby's Restaurant Group, are the largest owners of Arby's franchises.
The chain adopted an experimental
mascotin the early 2000s, in addition to the cowboy hat, which was an anthropomorphic oven mitt, who appeared on the company's television commercialsand print advertisements. He was voiced by actor Tom Arnold.
Arby's is currently sponsoring
Matt Kenseth, a NASCARdriver, who was also featured in a television commercial for the company. In accordance with this sponsorship, Arby's has promised to give away free medium curly fries on the Monday following any of his race wins. Customers need only bring in an official race result from a newspaper or website [ [http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-225freefries,0,3602654.story Topic Galleries - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com ] ] .
Arby's currently uses the
slogan"I'm thinking Arby's." In April 2008, it launched a new advertising campaign that features the Arby's Rescue Brigade, a group of Arby's enthusiasts whose sole mission is to "save the world from ordinary fast food." The Brigade, which is led byCaptain John Maddox, travels around the country in a Rescue Mobile to save anyone who is eating bland, unsatisfying fast food.
In conjunction with the campaign, Arby's launched a video contest to recruit a new member to join the Brigade. Prizes included a starring role as the newest Brigade member in an upcoming Arby's commercial and free Arby's food for a year. The contest ran on its website from April 28 through June 30, 2008.
In February 2006, Arby's became the first national fast food chain to claim to not use any
artificial additivesin its chicken products; along with this claim came an advertising campaign which criticized Wendy's, McDonald'sand Burger Kingfor their use of additives such as water, salt and phosphatesin their chicken products.
In November 2006, Arby's announced that they were eliminating all trans-fats from their menu, to be implemented by May 2007, being the first major fast-food restaurant to do so. However, as of December 2007, Arby's online nutritional guide shows that small amounts of trans-fat can still be found in some of their products [ [http://www.arbys.com/nutrition/ Arby's Nutrition ] ] .
In early 2006,
Arby's Restaurant Group(ARG) signed a contract with Pepsito be their exclusive soft drinkprovider. When franchisees' contracts expire with Coca-Cola, they will be required to switch to Pepsi-Cola, [ [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=78265&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=797826&highlight= PepsiCo - News Release ] ] the lone exception being the aforementioned Arby's located at YSU because of the University having its own separate contract with Coca-Cola for other university purposes, particularly the athletic department.
Roast beefsandwiches - available in Junior, Regular, Medium, and Large; Beef 'n Cheddar; Bacon Beef 'n Cheddar; Arby's Melt; the Super; and the Arby-Q.
* Chicken Sandwiches - Chicken Breast Fillet, Chicken Bacon n' Swiss, and Chicken Cordon Bleu; all with either crispy or grilled chicken, along with popcorn chicken shakers.
* Market Fresh line - Ham & Swiss, Turkey & Swiss, Roast Beef & Swiss, Turkey Ranch & Bacon, Chicken Salad, BLT, Turkey Reuben, and Corned Beef Reuben. All of these can be placed on Bread or Tortilla Wrap (some wraps are shown as an option on the menu, while others are by request only).
* Toasted subs - Turkey Bacon Club, Philly Beef, French Dip & Swiss, and Classic Italian.
* Side orders - curly fries, mozzarella sticks, popcorn chicken, potato bites, with stores given a choice of Jalapeño Bites or onion petals.
* Salads - Martha's Vineyard, Chicken Club, and Santa Fe.
* Kids Meals - Jr Roast Beef, Mini Ham & Swiss, Mini Turkey & Swiss, and Popcorn Chicken.
* Desserts - Apple and cherry Turnovers, or the limited edition chocolate turnovers along with optional
Chocolate chip cookies.
* Biscuit, Croissant, and Sourdough in either ham, sausage, or bacon with additions of Swiss or American cheese and an egg patty. Along with this is the Wrap that has the choice of the meat. Some restaurants also offer Toast Stix, Blueberry Muffins, Sausage Gravy, and Cream Chipped Beef. The biscuit also has an option of chicken breast for a meat.
PepsiCois the primary provider of beverages: Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr Pepper, Sierra Mist, Fresh Brewed Iced Tea, and Tropicana Sugar Free Lemonade. At some stores they also offer Diet Mountain Dew, Lipton Raspberry Ice Tea, Diet Dr Pepper, SOBE Energy Drink and Wild Cherry Pepsi among several other optional choices.
Milkshakes- vanilla, chocolate, jamocha, and strawberry shakes, although some stores will replace the strawberry with a promotional shake such as the current Orange Cream Swirl shake.
Options in some regions also include Homestyle Fries, Potato Cakes, Pepper Jack Melt, and TJ Cinnamons. Potato Cakes have recently been placed as a local store marketing option which is identical to the breakfast lineup.
* [http://www.arbys.com Arby's official website]
* [http://www.reviewtheworld.com/content/arbybreak.html Arby's breakfast at Review the World]
* [http://www.arbys.net/history.html Arby's history]
* [http://www.triarc.com/about.html Triarc (Arby's Franchiser) website]
* [http://www.arbysfanatic.com GAD, Grant Avenue Development, an Arby's Franchiser of several Arby's in NY, PA and VA.]
* [http://www.usbeefcorp.com/ US Beef Corporation - Largest Arby's Franchisee in the world.]
* [http://www.foodinfodb.com/restaurants/a/arbys Nutritional information for the items on Arby's menu]
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