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Wendy's
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
IndustryRestaurant
FoundedColumbus, Ohio, United States (September 15, 1969 (1969-09-15))
Founder(s)Dave Thomas
HeadquartersDublin, Ohio, United States
Number of locations6,650 stores (2010)
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleDave Thomas Founder
Wendy Thomas namesake
John T. Schuessler Former CEO, Chairman, and President
ProductsHamburgers
Chicken sandwich
Salads
French fries
Breakfast sandwich
Frozen dessert
RevenueIncrease $2.469 billion USD (2006)
Net incomeIncrease $37.0 million USD (continuing operations) (2006)
Total assetsIncrease $9.45 billion USD (2006)
Employees78,000 (2014)
ParentThe Wendy's Company
Websitewww.wendy's.com
 
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Wendy's
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
IndustryRestaurant
FoundedColumbus, Ohio, United States (September 15, 1969 (1969-09-15))
Founder(s)Dave Thomas
HeadquartersDublin, Ohio, United States
Number of locations6,650 stores (2010)
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleDave Thomas Founder
Wendy Thomas namesake
John T. Schuessler Former CEO, Chairman, and President
ProductsHamburgers
Chicken sandwich
Salads
French fries
Breakfast sandwich
Frozen dessert
RevenueIncrease $2.469 billion USD (2006)
Net incomeIncrease $37.0 million USD (continuing operations) (2006)
Total assetsIncrease $9.45 billion USD (2006)
Employees78,000 (2014)
ParentThe Wendy's Company
Websitewww.wendy's.com

Wendy's is an international fast food chain restaurant founded by Dave Thomas on September 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The company moved its headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, on January 29, 2006. As of March 1999, Wendy's was the world's third largest hamburger fast food chain with approximately 6,650 locations, following Burger King' 12,000+ locations and McDonald's' 31,000+ locations.[1][2][3] On April 24, 2008, the company announced a merger with Triarc, the parent company of Arby's. Despite the new ownership, Wendy's headquarters remained in Dublin.[4] Previously, Wendy's had rejected more than two buyout offers from Triarc Companies Inc. Following the merger, Triarc became known as Wendy's/Arby's Group, a publicly traded company.

Approximately 77% of Wendy's restaurants are franchised, the majority of which are located in North America. Wendy's and its affiliates employ more than 46,000 people in its global operations. In fiscal year 2006, the firm had $2.469 billion (USD) in total sales.[5] While Wendy's sets standards for exterior store appearance, food quality and menu, individual owners have control over hours of operations, interior decor, pricing and staff uniforms and wages.

Wendy's menu consists primarily of hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries and beverages, including the Frosty. Unlike Burger King and McDonald's, the company does not have a signature sandwich, such as the Big Mac or the Whopper. Instead, it has the Dave's Hot 'N Juicy 1/4 lb. Single (introduced in 2011 as a reworking of the longstanding Wendy's Single), a square-pattied burger made with fresh ground beef rather than round frozen patties. Wendy's uses these square hamburger patties as its signature item.

History[edit]

Wendy's freestanding unit in Hillsborough, North Carolina

The chain is known for its square hamburgers, sea salt fries and the Frosty, a form of soft serve ice cream mixed with frozen starches. The idea for Wendy's "old fashioned" hamburgers was actually inspired by Dave Thomas's trips to Kewpee Hamburgers in his home town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Kewpee sold square hamburgers and thick malt shakes, much like the well-known restaurant that Thomas eventually founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969. Within a year, Thomas opened a second restaurant in Columbus, featuring what Wendy's claims in its corporate history was "the first modern-day, drive-thru window," added in 1971.[citation needed] The Columbus location later added a Tim Hortons and was closed on March 2, 2007 after 38 years of business due to declining sales.[6][7] Thomas named the restaurant after his fourth child Melinda Lou "Wendy" Thomas.[8] Photographs of her were on display at the original Wendy's restaurant until it closed.

In 1979, Wendy's was the first fast-food chain to introduce the salad bar.[9] In 1988, Wendy's expanded its bar to a full-blown buffet called the Superbar for $2.99. The Superbar had various stations: “Mexican Fiesta”, the Italian “Pasta Pasta,” and the “Garden Spot”, salad and fruit. The Superbar was popular but difficult to maintain thus was discontinued in 1998.[10]

In response to a 1986 slowdown in the chain's performance, Wendy's restructured its cleanliness standards, menu and other operational details to ensure that stores met the goals and standards of the parent company so that its franchises were competitive in the market.[5]

Garden Sensations salads were added in 2002.[9]

Menu[edit]

Wendy's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio

Wendy's offers two different hamburger patties, a "Junior" 1.78 ounce (50.4 gram) patty and its "Single" 4 ounce (113.4 gram) patty. 4 ounce patties are sold in single, double and triple sizes whereas the junior patties sell in single and double patties. The previous size of 2 ounces per junior patty was altered to its current size in 2007 to save on expenses from rising food costs. Originally Wendy's had only two kinds of chicken sandwiches, fried and grilled. The spicy chicken sandwich started out as a promotional sandwich. It was later put on the menu full-time in 1996 due to its popularity and the fact that, compared to most promotional sandwiches, it was much simpler to make (it used the same condiments as the standard breaded chicken sandwich).

The Frescata line of sandwiches also went from being promotional items to main-menu items. After going through several revisions, the Turkey and Swiss and the Ham and Swiss were put on the menu full-time. However, the Frescata sandwiches were discontinued in mid December 2007.

In 1988, Wendy's was the first fast-food chain to create a single price-point value menu where all items listed on that menu were priced exclusively at 99¢. The menu was restructured in 2007 due to rising costs as the Super Value Menu with prices ranging from 99¢ to $2.00 USD.

Breakfast[edit]

In mid-2007 Wendy's began a national debut of its new breakfast menu in its U.S. and Canadian stores. Wendy's experimented with serving breakfast for a short time in 1985, but the endeavor was unsuccessful due to many issues.[11][12] While approximately 12 Wendy's restaurants in the U.S. and its territories have been serving breakfast since then, Wendy's has not had a company-wide breakfast offering.[12][13] The new breakfast menu was expected be fully deployed to all Wendy's in the United States by the end of 2009, but as of July 2014, many Wendy's franchises across the country still do not have a breakfast menu.

The newer breakfast menu differs slightly from the one featured in 1985, and it is structured similarly to its lunch/dinner menu, with value meals and various sides like blended fruit.[13] Menu items include several breakfast sandwiches served on biscuits, frescuit and Kaiser rolls, breakfast burritos and side orders of hash browns, muffins, and cinnamon sticks.[14] In order to avoid the same issues the original 1985 breakfast offerings faced, the new menu was designed for ease of operation, lower costs, and reduced preparation time.[12]

Notable menu items[edit]

A busy front counter at a Wendy's restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario
A Wendy's outlet in Manila, Philippines.

Advertising[edit]

After successful early growth of the chain, sales flattened as the company struggled to achieve brand differentiation in the highly competitive fast-food market. This situation would turn around in the mid-1980s. Starting on January 9, 1984, elderly actress Clara Peller was featured in the successful "Where's the Beef?" North American commercial campaign written by Cliff Freeman. Her famous line quickly entered the American pop culture (it was even used by Walter Mondale in a debate with Gary Hart in the Democratic primary election) and served to promote Wendy's hamburgers. Peller, age 84, was dropped from the campaign in 1985 because she performed in a commercial for Prego spaghetti sauce, saying she "finally found" the beef.[16]

Peller was soon after replaced by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas himself. Soft-spoken and bashful, the "Dave" ads generally focused on Thomas praising his products and offering a commitment to quality service, although there would occasionally be "wackier" ads as well. In 1997, the company pulled its advertising from the sitcom Ellen after the show's main character came out as a lesbian. The result was a boycott initiated by the gay and lesbian community.[17] After Dave Thomas' death in 2002, Wendy's struggled to find a new advertising campaign. After a round of conventional ads describing the food they serve, in 2004 they tried using a character they made called "Mr. Wendy" who claimed to be the unofficial spokesperson for the chain. These proved to be extremely unsuccessful. After seven months, Wendy's returned to an animated campaign focusing on the difference between Wendy's square hamburgers and the round hamburgers of competitors.

Wendy's marketing arm engages in product placement in films and television and is sometimes seen on ABC's reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, serving food to the more than 100 construction workers. A recent Wendy's commercial features the tune from the Violent Femmes song "Blister in the Sun."

With their "That's right" ad campaign not a success, Wendy's unveiled a new ad campaign, featuring an animated Wendy that's voiced by Luci Christian highlighting certain menu items. The new ad campaign made its debut in late January 2008, with a new slogan: "It's waaaay better than fast food. It's Wendy's."[18] The company's slogan, "you know when it's real," was introduced in 2009.

In April 2012, Morgan Smith Goodwin began appearing in ads with the slogan, as Red, the "Wendy's Girl, "Now that's better."[19]

In 2013, social media advertising featuring Nick Lachey directed at millennials promoted the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger.[20]

A 2014 campaign to promote the Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta sandwich entitled "L'Estrella de la Toscana," or "Star of Tuscany" in English was launched on television and social media.[21]

Slogans[edit]

US – Canada[edit]

International[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  15. ^ Reality Check: Wendy's New Hot 'N Juicy
  16. ^ What happened to Clara Peller
  17. ^ Ellen Degeneres Boycott
  18. ^ CNN Money article on news feed
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  20. ^ Kyle Russell (July 8, 2013). "Wendy's Believes This Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Will Bring In The Millennials". Business Insider. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
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  27. ^ Davide Dukcevich (2002-04-09). "Wendy's Salad Days". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-29. "Earlier this month, Wendy's released a new advertising tagline, "It's Better Here," as part of a campaign that purports to showcase Dublin, Ohio, where it has its headquarters." 

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