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National fast food chain serving roast beef sandwiches.

1155 Perimeter Center West, 12th Fl.
Atlanta, GA 30338
Employees: 10,000+
President: Hala Moddelmog
Privately held

Website: http://www.arbys.com

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Arby's is a national chain of fast-food restaurants best known for its roast beef sandwiches.

There are more than 3,600 Arby's restaurants in 48 states, Canada, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Arby's is the largest restaurant franchising system specializing in the roast beef sandwich segment.

On July 5, 2011, Arby's was acquired by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that focuses on investing in franchise, brand management and restaurant companies. Arby's had been part of Wendy's International. The deal was worth a reported $430 million with Wendy's still owning an 18.5% stake in Arby's.

Roark also operates other food franchises including: Auntie Anne’s, Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Corner Bakery, Fast Signs, Il Fornaio, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s, and Wingstop.

The regular roast beef sandwich is Arby's most popular item followed by the Beef 'N Cheddar. It also offers Market Fresh sandwiches, curly fries, wraps, chicken sandwiches, Jamocha shakes and salads.

In September 2012, Arby's launched a lineup of three Turkey Roasters sandwiches featuring freshly sliced turkey.


When foodservice veterans Leroy and Forrest Raffel opened the first Arby's in Boardman, OH on July 23, 1964, customers enjoyed roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and Texas-sized iced teas.  To name their new venture, the brothers decided on Arby's, which stands for R.B., the initials of the Raffel Brothers - although many suspect the R.B. stands for roast beef.

Leroy and Forrest never looked back.  They fine tuned the operation and sold the first franchise to Sam Feldman the following year.   Today, Arby's rich heritage is comprised of several multi-generation franchise owners.  In fact, Jim Raffel, founder Leroy's son, owns and operates three locations in Maine.  

The enterprising spirit that originated with the Raffel Brothers has fueled the development of  Arby's throughout its 41 year history. The company added an average of 50 restaurants a year in the 1970s while simultaneously creating and perfecting timeless menu favorites, Beef 'n Cheddar, Jamocha Shakes, Curly Fries and Arby's signature sauces, Arby's BBQ sauce and Horsey Sauce.

Arby's continued expanding both locations and menu items during the next decade, opening restaurant number 1,000 and introducing chicken to the menu in 1981.

In 1991, Arby's was the first to introduce a complete Lite Menu featuring three sandwiches and four salads under 300 calories and 94% fat free. In 1994, Arby's banned smoking in all company-owned restaurants, another first in the quick service segment.

A change in the company's ownership set the course for menu expansion and a strengthened brand.  Triarc Companies, Inc. purchased Arby's in 1993 and innovation quickly followed.  Arby's introduced Arby's Market Fresh in 2001, a line of deli-style sandwiches and salads made with high quality and unique ingredients.  In 2003, wraps extended the popular additions.

On July 25, 2005, Triarc acquired RTM Restaurant Group, Arby's largest franchisee, and formed Arby's Restaurant Group,Inc., an Atlanta-based company comprised of more than 3,500 restaurants.  Of those, Arby's Restaurant Group owns and operates more than 1,000 restaurants located in the United States.

Roland Smith returned to Atlanta as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arby's Restaurant Group in April 2006.  Smith first joined Arby's in 1994 and served as the brand's President and CEO from 1997 to 1999.

On September 29, 2008, Triarc Companies Inc. merged with Wendy's International, Inc. to form Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. is the third largest quick-service restaurant company in the United States.


For management employees:
- Base salary with quarterly bonus plan
- On-going performance evaluations
- Competitive medical, dental and vision benefits
- Paid holidays and vacation
- 401(k) with company match
- Educational Assistance
- Generous employee referral program

Updated October 6, 2012