A&W Franchise Review: Julie Glenz of Minnesota

Longtime A&W franchisee Julie Glenz brings experience, perspective to franchisee-run NAWFA board

The Glenz family stands in an A&W restaurant next to a life-size figure of the A&W mascot, Rooty the Great Root Bear.

The Glenz family

With restaurants in Albany and Richmond, Minnesota, Julie Glenz has been an A&W franchisee since 2001. She has only been on the board of NAWFA (National A&W Franchisees Association) since March, but she’s bringing all her experience with her.

She and the rest of the panel of elected representatives have a big responsibility, meeting regularly to review all of the decisions that go into making a successful franchise. Recently, the NAWFA board was working with A&W’s marketing department to hammer out a final design for new menu boards, a key part of the strategy to support the restaurant franchise’s booming drive-thru sales.

“The board members are from all over the U.S., so everybody has their own unique perspective, that little bit of information that is different from California to Minnesota to Florida,” she says. “It kind of is nice to get everybody’s input on things like that. Everybody has good ideas.”

Long history with a legacy brand 

Glenz and her husband, Jeremy, have been franchisees since 2014 officially, with occasional help from their four young boys, ages 7-13. But she grew up in the business, since her late parents first added an A&W restaurant to their gas station when Glenz was graduating from college in 2001.

Today, she and her husband are partners in several bars and restaurants as well, so Glenz happily handles most of the responsibilities at their A&W franchises. Being involved, being able to recognize her many repeat customers and greet them when they come into the dining room, is one of the most rewarding things about owning an A&W.

“I love interacting with all the customers and just seeing the happy faces when people come in and either it’s, ‘Oh, I haven’t been to A&W in forever’ or the kids getting a Root Beer Float in a frosted mug,” Glenz says.

Running an A&W franchise

The best person for this franchise, says Glenz, is someone who is passionate about and motivated, but more importantly someone who is eager to be involved. More than the financial requirements ($350,000 net worth, $150,000 liquidity), that’s the franchise candidate who will be a good culture fit.

As for the best reason for that candidate to invest in A&W?

Obviously, our longevity and our AUV are two great reasons to invest. But there are intangibles as well.

“I feel like we’re a little family,” says Glenz. “We’re not so big that you don’t know everybody. You can go to anybody here. If I have a question, I can ask CEO Kevin Bazner and he will totally get back to me. Or I can ask our franchise growth leader. Everybody is very helpful.”

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A&W ranked among best franchises for women

Based on surveys, female franchisees feel satisfied with A&W’s leadership, performance and business lifestyle

A hand holds a Root Beer Float in an A&W-branded mug in the foreground while an out-of-focus bacon cheeseburger, fries and strawberry shake are seen in the background.

Our brand of hip nostalgia and All-American food serves up the comfort food our guests crave.

A&W Restaurants was included in Franchise Business Review’s recent ranking of The Top 50 Franchises for Women, which was compiled based on surveys of nearly 8,500 female franchisees from 289 leading brands. Those with the highest satisfaction scores were included in the ranking.

Those who participated in the survey answered 33 questions about leadership, training, core values and other topics pertaining to their franchisor, including business lifestyle and overall enjoyment. 

Franchise Business Review writes, “Over the last decade, women have been flocking to franchising. Today, 29% of all franchises are solely woman-owned, and 32% of franchises opened in the last 24 months are led by women. While the pandemic may have temporarily slowed the rate of business start-ups, the outlook for women in franchising remains optimistic. In fact, our research on the top franchises for women shows that 88% of women say they enjoy operating their business and 75% would recommend their franchise to others.”

No ordinary franchise

A&W stands out as a franchise in many ways, but one of the most extraordinary is the way our ownership is structured. A&W is one of the best franchises for women — and men as well — because we understand exactly what franchise owners want. We should; we’re owned by franchisees.

Franchisees are key to decision-making. A&W owners determine every decision that affects the franchise through the National A&W Franchisees Association (NAWFA) Board, which approves all decisions with our Executive Team. Many franchisors promise a seat at the table, but A&W really delivers.

No one understands better than the franchise owners the impact decisions have at the restaurant level.

We also offer the advantage of a world-class supply vendor. A&W has a long-term relationship with Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (RSCS). RSCS offers us lower prices and greater reach thanks to its size; it provides services to three of the biggest franchises in the U.S.: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC. Franchise owners enjoy greater discounts on food, paper and restaurant supplies thanks to RSCS.

Best of all, A&W is a century-old legacy brand that’s stronger than ever in 2021, with an AUV of over $1 million, up 40% on average in our base-brand model.

Strong financial performance, stability and an equal voice at the table are all a part of the formula that make A&W one of the best franchises for women, in any category.

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