What Is Required to Buy a White Castle Franchise?

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White Castle restaurants have operated in the United States for almost 100 years. That’s amazing enough, but the biggest shocker is that the more than 375 fast food restaurants are still completely under the company's control. That feat is practically unheard of for a restaurant chain of this size. That means the short answer to the question of franchise requirements is simple. Franchise ownership isn’t currently possible for White Castle restaurants, and the company has no plan to offer franchising for the brand in the future.  

Many investors and food fans alike have wondered why the company hasn’t already offered franchise opportunities. The primary reason provided by the company is that White Castle remains committed to focusing on being the best that it can be instead of worrying about extensive widespread growth. White Castle representatives frequently talk about growing market share, sales and profitability in existing stores, rather than relying on franchise opportunities to grow its numbers.  

The closest the chain has ever gotten to a deal that resembles a franchise agreement is a limited licensing deal with operators in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Shanghai, China. The company maintains that by keeping operations within the company, it can open locations near its food partners, keep its menu similar in all locations and maintain a steady flow of customers and profits.