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If you’ve loved 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

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

Before you are approved to purchase a Guthrie’s franchise, you will be required to submit certain financial information, including your net worth and amount of liquid assets.

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 are 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 many other franchises… because it’s the fastest, freshest, and best tasting concept.

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.

Process Overview

  1. Submit your Franchise Application.
  2. Upon approval, you will be contacted by Guthrie’s Franchising, Inc.
  3. Review and sign our Franchisee Agreement.
  4. Select a site for your Guthrie’s.
  5. An architect will customize our plans for your specific location.
  6. Attend Guthrie’s training for important information like store operations.
  7. Open your Guthrie’s to the (hungry) public!


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.

Sorry, no. With over 50 years in the restaurant business, we’ve found that our simple combination of limited product offerings allows us to 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.

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.