OwnOwn a piece of the Golden Fried business.

If you’ve loved Guthrie’s chicken for years and want a piece of the action, or if you’re an entrepreneur looking for a sound, simple business investment, owning a Guthrie’s may be the business for you!


Minimum Requirements

Investing in a franchise of any kind includes a bevy of important financial decisions. And while the exact amount of capital required to open a Guthrie’s of your own depends on a wide range of circumstances, like location and building type, we can give you some general guidelines here.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a traditional Guthrie’s restaurant can range between $216,500 and $510,000, excluding real estate costs. The total investment necessary for a Guthrie’s To-Go restaurant can range between $166,500 and $401,000, excluding real estate costs.

Before you are approved to own a Guthrie’s franchise, Guthrie’s management requires certain financial information from you, including your net worth and amount of liquid assets.

Want to learn more? Submit a franchise application or contact us at matthew@guthrieschicken.com.

Why Guthrie’s?

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, consider us flattered. Often imitated, never duplicated, Guthrie’s unique blend of Golden Fried Chicken Fingers, crispy fries, creamy cole slaw, buttery Texas Toast and, of course, our Signature Sauce, has seen its share of copycats. But we’re the original.

Guthrie’s franchise owners enjoy a profitable product, loyal customers, more affordable start-up costs and a faster return on investment than with other franchises.

Market Availability

Guthrie’s stores are located throughout the Southeast, and we are rapidly expanding to give the entire U.S. a taste of our Golden Fried Chicken Fingers.

While Guthrie’s does have targets for expansion, we are always open to reviewing recommendations for new Guthrie’s locations, particularly in states in which Guthrie’s doesn’t have a presence.

Guthrie’s representatives will work with you to determine the ideal location for your Guthrie’s.


The cost to open and run a Guthrie’s varies depending on several factors. The total investment necessary to begin operation of a traditional Guthrie’s restaurant can range between $216,500 to $512,000, excluding real estate costs. The total investment necessary for a Guthrie’s To-Go restaurant can range between $177,500 to $279,000, excluding real estate costs.

As a Guthrie’s franchisee, you may choose to open a traditional Guthrie’s restaurant, which caters to dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out customers, or a Guthrie’s To Go restaurant, which is a drive-thru, walk-up only restaurant.

Sorry, no. During our 50 years in the restaurant business, we’ve found that our simple combination of limited product offerings lets us do one thing, and do it better than anyone else.

Depending on many factors, it can takes as few as 3 months to get your Guthrie’s going.

Before your Guthrie’s opens, you will be required to attend Guthrie’s training to learn the ins and outs of owning and operating a Guthrie’s. Additionally, Guthrie’s corporate provides marketing pieces available for use (photography, literature, etc.). You will also be provided with an Opening Team to make sure your restaurant is operating efficiently and effectively.

The perfect location for your Guthrie’s depends on a variety of factors, including proximity to other Guthrie’s and other chicken finger restaurants, traffic counts, available parking and ingress/egress and good visibility, just to name a few. Guthrie’s will work with you to ensure your restaurant is located in the ideal location.

As a Guthrie’s franchisee, you are required to pay 6 percent of your gross sales, which includes all revenues from your restaurant, semi-monthly.

Yes. Currently you are required to spend 2 percent of your monthly gross sales on local advertising. But don’t worry – we have tools for each Guthrie’s franchise that assist with local marketing efforts. However, in the near future, each Guthrie’s franchise will contribute 2 percent into our National Advertising Fund monthly, which is used by Guthrie’s corporate for product photography, web site development, billboards, radio and many other corporate advertising endeavors.

This is not an offer to sell you a Guthrie’s franchise. Offers are made only upon delivery of a current Guthrie’s Franchise Disclosure Document, which contains all relevant information concerning the costs, expenses and commitments involved in purchasing a franchise. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.


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