The Wendy’s Company and Flynn Restaurant Group Announce New Master Franchise Agreement for Australia

"Wendy's partners with Flynn Restaurant Group for Australian expansion, aiming to open 200 restaurants by 2034, leveraging franchise model."

The Wendy’s Company and Flynn Restaurant Group have signed a new master franchise deal that will let them open 200 Wendy’s restaurants in Australia by 2034.

Flynn Restaurant Group has more restaurant franchises than any other company in the world. In Australia, it will be the only master partner.

The news comes after the well-known American hamburger chain said earlier this year that it planned to enter the Australian market. Wendy’s sees Australia as a strategic growth market with high importance, and the partnership with Flynn Restaurant Group shows that Wendy’s wants to use its franchise model to grow internationally.

After Sydney residents liked a one-day Wendy’s pop-up event in 2021 and the company announced plans to open in Australia, it’s clear that fans are ready for Wendy’s to come to Australia.

The Wendy’s Company’s President of International and Chief Development Officer, Abigail Pringle, said, “Australia is a key market for Wendy’s long-term progress. Flynn food Group has a lot of experience in the food business, so we’re excited to work with them more. They have a strong leadership team, a great culture, a lot of experience in the business, and have done well with our brand in the U.S., so we are sure that Flynn Restaurant Group is the right partner to help Wendy’s grow in Australia.

Ron Bellamy, the COO of Flynn Restaurant Group, said, “We couldn’t be happier about growing our relationship with Wendy’s. It’s a great brand with a lot of untapped promise outside of the U.S., and we think it would work especially well in Australia, where people are smart and savvy. We’re looking forward to growing the brand in the market and changing what Australians expect from QSR in the process.”

The deal between Wendy’s and Flynn Restaurant Group will drive growth in Australia, especially after 2025. The goal is to have 200 restaurants across the country by 2034, through a mix of equity stores and sub-franchise partners.

Flynn’s Restaurant Group runs stores all over the US for Applebee’s, Taco Bell, Panera, Arby’s, and Pizza Hut, in addition to Wendy’s. They run nearly 200 Wendy’s stores in five states through their Wendy’s franchise organization, Wend American.

About Wendy’s

Dave Thomas began Wendy’s® in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. Dave built his business on the idea that “Quality is our Recipe®,” which is still the cornerstone of Wendy’s business model. Wendy’s is best known for its square hamburgers made to order with fresh beef that has never been frozen, as well as its newly made salads, chili, baked potatoes, and Frosty® dessert. The Wendy’s Company (Nasdaq: WEN) is dedicated to doing the right thing and making a positive change in the lives of others. This is most clear in how the Company helps the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and its signature Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, which tries to find a loving, permanent home for every child in the North American foster care system who is ready to be adopted. Today, Wendy’s and its franchisees hire hundreds of thousands of people in about 7,000 restaurants around the world. Their goal is to become the most popular and successful restaurant chain in the world. Visit to find out more about franchising. For more information, go to and, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @wendys and on Facebook at

*You can get fresh beef in the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Canada.

About Flynn Restaurant Group

Flynn Restaurant Group LP is the biggest franchise provider in the world and one of the 20 biggest foodservice companies in the United States. Flynn Restaurant Group was started by Chairman and CEO Greg Flynn in 1999. It now owns and runs 2,600 quick service, fast casual, and casual dining restaurants in the U.S. and Australia. These restaurants make $4.5 billion in sales and hire 75,000 people. Its partner company, Flynn Properties Inc., owns 121 hotels in the US and Mexico, 109 of which are leased. At, you can find out more.

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