Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings - Franchise

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The World’s Largest Cheesesteak Franchise is Rapidly Expanding Throughout the United States. Are you ready to build your cheesesteak empire? Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings, the world’s largest cheesesteak franchise, is ready to help you turn your dream into reality. Learn more now!

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Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings
Business Cost, Fees & Facts for 2024

Year Founded 1986
# of Existing Units 820
Training & Support Yes
Home Office Location Columbus, OH
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Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings - Franchise

Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings Franchise Is Stronger Than Ever Before
Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings, the iconic cheesesteak franchise, is experiencing a tremendous amount of momentum. With record breaking sales, record breaking expansion, and a partnership with a major Big-Box retailer throughout the United States, it’s no wonder that we just celebrated the opening of our 700th location!

Here’s why franchising with Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is a wise choice right now:

  • We’re on track to surpass 1000+ stores within the next few years
  • Consecutive years of store sales increases
  • 1 million+ members in our loyalty program with continuous growth
  • Highly differentiated product that stands out amongst QSR and Fast Casual brands.
  • Over 35-year track record of helping entrepreneurs thrive in business
  • The demand for new locations continues to grow!

We Live by Three Words: Make Customer Happy
Ever since Charley Shin persuaded his mother to invest her savings in a relatively unknown cheesesteak restaurant right across the street from The Ohio State University campus in 1986, he’s lived by three words: Make Customers Happy.

At the time, the cheesesteak was relatively unknown outside of Philadelphia, and Charley grew his business one cheesesteak at a time. In 2023, the cheesesteak is a wildly popular sandwich, appearing on menus from pizza chains to chic, high-end restaurants. Today, Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is the largest cheesesteak franchise in the world, largely because of Charley’s commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience.

How Big Is the Demand?
Now is a great time to invest in the QSR franchise industry.

While the QSR industry is booming – the segment is a world of sameness. The industry is packed with Deli Subs, burgers, pizza, and Mexican concepts that offer varying degrees of the same thing.

By focusing on cheesesteaks, Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is a franchise that not only stands out in a crowded segment, it also doesn’t compete with the rest of the category. By elevating the cheesesteak to the star of the menu, with a total of eight different cheesesteak sandwiches to choose from, Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is a highly differentiated concept.

What Makes Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings so Affordable?
Going into business for yourself is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make – but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is committed to helping as many entrepreneurs thrive in business as possible by keeping the barriers to entry low. In fact, Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is one of the most affordable business opportunities in the booming QSR segment.

When you franchise with Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings, you’re investing in a brand with more than three decades of experience in helping franchise owners thrive in business. Here are some of the reasons why Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings is an affordable business to own.

  • Our restaurants require a small footprint, which reduces rent costs
  • Our streamlined business model reduces labor and maximizes productivity
  • Highly efficient inventory management leads to minimal food waste
  • Strong buying power assures franchisees benefit from low food costs
  • Strong brand recognition and national advertising attract new customers

Charley's Training and Support
Franchising with Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings means that you will never be alone in business. Since our founding in 1985, Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings has been passionate about entrepreneurship. And in the 35+ years since we first opened our doors, we’ve helped dozens and dozens of entrepreneurs realize their full potential as business owners.

This is why we’ve made significant investments in training, support and technology to ensure that our franchise owners have all the resources they need to run thriving, growing businesses.

What does our training & support look like?

  • Real-Estate Support – Our real-estate team will guide you through the process of site selection, and help oversee the buildout process to ensure you stay on track for your grand opening celebration.
  • In-Person Training - You will visit Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings franchise location for three weeks where you learn every aspect of the business model. You will learn how to prepare our cheesesteaks to perfection, how to manage inventory, how to use our POS system, how to interact with customers, lead a team, and much, much more.
  • Marketing Support - Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings offers cutting edge marketing support. We provide you with a comprehensive marketing plan, including materials, to effectively engage with your customers.
  • Menu Innovation - While Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings has an iconic menu that millions of people love, we’re always looking for ways to innovate and generate excitement amongst our cult-like following.
  • Ongoing Support - Charleys Cheesesteaks & Wings offers comprehensive ongoing training & support. From field visits to your location, to ongoing marketing support and professional development, we provide all the support you need to develop into the entrepreneur you know you can be.

Charleys' Ideal Candidate
While restaurant experience is preferred, it’s not required to franchise with us. Our training platform is designed to help first-time entrepreneurs master our business model and realize their dreams of owning a restaurant. A strong business acumen is required.


“Charleys is the best franchise! We receive so much support and guidance!”Eddy Chan, multi-unit franchisee - NY, NJ, MD, MA and VA
“I can’t believe how many people love Charleys Philly Steaks!”Amgad Attalla - multi-unit franchisee in FL, VA and DE
“As a new entrepreneur with a corporate Cyber Security background, I decided to begin my franchisee journey with Charleys because of my love for the food, my belief in the brand, and my alignment with their core mission and values. I can truly say becoming a Charleys Franchisee was one the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. They have one of the simplest operations in the industry and a strong corporate team to help Franchisees be successful. Their brand awareness is strong and it’s continuing to grow as more locations open up. They genuinely care about their owners and the communities they serve. I look forward to continuing my franchisee journey with Charleys and helping to grow the brand.”Kevyn Scott - Laurel, MD
I migrated to the United States of America, the land of opportunities. For a better life and a better future. I fell in love with the idea that I could achieve any goal I set, as long as I work hard for it. I was then introduced to Hartz Chicken. I ran it successfully for ten years. I was then recommended to try out a donut shop. It went well, although I did not like getting up so early every day. So, I decided to look for something new, something different, something that I don’t have to get up early for, every single day. That’s when my good friend Bruce Kim, introduced me to this amazing franchise called “Charley’s Philly Steaks”. I strongly believe that with the right location, this franchise could prove to be very successful. I wouldn’t have joined Charley’s if I didn’t believe in its potential.Sodany Tep - Porter, TX

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