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Charleys Philly CheeseSteak Franchise

The world’s largest Philly cheesesteak franchise is rapidly expanding throughout the United States

Are you ready to build your Philly cheesesteak empire? Charley’s Philly cheesesteak franchise, the world’s largest Philly cheesesteak chain, is ready to help you turn your dream into reality. Since our founding in 1986, Charleys Philly Steaks has served the No. 1 Cheesesteak in the World, and over 30 years later, Charleys has more than 630 locations open in the United States and around the world. Charleys Philly Steaks has won millions of fans by:

  • Focusing on quality ingredients, including 100% USDA choice steak
  • Implementing a simple menu
  • Providing incredible customer service

As a franchise opportunity, Charleys Philly Steaks can’t be beaten. With a chic, new restaurant design, the addition of wings to our menu, streamlined operations, and exceptional training, Charleys Philly Steaks is ready for national expansion. Philly cheesesteaks are one of the most popular comfort food sandwiches people seek out – when they do crave a cheesesteak, nothing else will do! We pride ourselves on making authentic cheesesteak sandwiches and a variety of popular sides such as our loaded fries that customers LOVE!

“Our goal is to reach 3,000 stores in the coming years,” says Charley Shin, CEO, and founder of Charleys Philly Steaks. “We’ve been growing at about 60 stores a year for the past several years, and about 70% of our growth comes from our existing franchisees reinvesting in the brand – which is extremely positive. We exist to help our franchisees become successful in business, and we want to help as many entrepreneurs as we can. This brand has never been more successful than it is today, and we’ve never been more excited about the future.”

If you want to own a QSR business that specializes in a hard-to-get and much-loved comfort food, and you want a business that can handle drive-through, third party delivery, and contactless curbside pickup, Charley’s is a smart investment to make!

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We’re growing fast One Cheesesteak at a Time

We Live By Three Words: Make Customers 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 2020, the cheesesteak is a wildly popular sandwich, appearing on menus from pizza chains to chic, high-end restaurants. Today, Charleys Philly Steaks is the largest cheesesteak franchise in the world, largely because of Charley’s commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience.

“We know that in the United States, nobody eats because they’re hungry – customers want an experience,” Charley says. “We’re always working on ways to increase our customer base, and by adding wings to our menu, we get to broaden our appeal. Our cheesesteaks are already head and shoulders above anything found in Philadelphia, and we’re just going to continue to treat our customers as individuals and ensure that they’re happy when they leave our restaurants. This has been the secret to our success.”

How Much Does it Cost?

Charleys Philly Steaks is one of the most affordable franchise opportunities in the QSR industry. The total cost to invest in a Charleys Philly Steaks franchise ranges from $242,137 to $668,000. With incredible brand recognition, low operating costs and a streamlined business model, Charleys Philly Steaks is able to maximize return on investment.

  • Initial Investment Range: $251,637 to $1,002,700
  • Franchise Fee: First unit is $24,500 ($15,000 for each additional unit)
  • Net-worth requirement: $500,000
  • Liquid cash requirement: $175,000
  • Financing: Third-party

*According to Item 19 of our most recent Franchise Disclosure Document.

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"Franchising with Charleys is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Since I invested in the brand in 2007, I've never stopped growing. Our food is so unique, and our brand is so strong, that anytime I see an opportunity to grow I take it. The level of support that Charleys provides is exceptional, and they are truly passionate about making your business a success."

- Chanel Li, multi-unit franchisee

"I always wanted to be my own boss, and when I was exploring franchise opportunities, Charleys was the only brand that made me feel confident that I would succeed. I've been in this business for 13 years and I've been able to give my children a great life. I'm still growing, in fact, I'm about to open my sixth location in the next couple of weeks."

- Julie Vulcain, multi-unit franchisee

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