A&W returns to growth

May 15, 2017

A&W Restaurants is quietly doing something it hasn’t done for a decade: Open new restaurants.

The Lexington, Ky.-based quick-service chain operates 634 locations in the U.S., two more restaurants than it did at the end of 2016. And with another 11 locations under development, A&W said it will finish the year having opened more units than it closed for the first time since before the recession. 

The reason for the newfound growth is simple: Franchisees are generating positive sales.

A&W chief operating officer Paul Martino said the average franchisee of a standalone restaurant has seen 30-percent same-store sales growth since