What Year Did McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Etc. Start?

It is interesting to look up when a certain fast food company first started, plus how many years they have been in business. This list will make it easier to find out when each of these companies started:

A&W Root Beer Stands………………………..1921 – 96 years

Arby’s…………………………………………………1964 – 53 years

Blimpie’s…………………………………………….1964 – 53 years

Bojangle’s……………………………………………1977 – 40 years

Burger King………………………………………..1953 – 64 years

Captain D’s………………………………………….1969 – 48 years

Checkers…………………………………………….1986 – 31 years

Chick – Fil – A………………………………………1946 – 71 years

Church’s Chicken……………………………….1952 – 65 years

Dairy Queen………………………………………..1940 – 77 years

Dunkin’ Donuts…………………………………..1950 – 67 years

Hardee’s………………………………………………1960 – 57 years

Kentucky Fried Chicken……………………..1952 – 65 years

Krispy Kreme………………………………………1937 – 80 years

McDonald”s…………………………………………1940 – 77 years…..46 years since Ray Kroc bought out the McDonald brothers business. 

Popeye’s………………………………………………1972 – 45 years

Quizno’s………………………………………………1975 – 42 years

Sonic Drive In……………………………………..1953 – 64 years

Subway………………………………………………..1965 – 52 years

Taco Bell……………………………………………..1962 –  45 years

Wendy’s……………………………………………….1969 – 48 years

Whataburger……………………………………….1950 – 67 years

It is surprising that no company on the list was founded less than 25 years ago. The oldest company on the list is A&W Root Beer which started 96 years ago in 1921.

I was very surprised that Sonic Drive In had been in business for 64 years, since I had never heard of Sonic till they moved into central Louisiana.

The newest company on the list is Checkers which was founded in 1986 and is now has been in business for 31 years. 

 

 

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “What Year Did McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Etc. Start?”

  1. Interesting facts about the fast food industry. Now I have a trivia question for you. What fast food chain was a department store first by the same name ?

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