Candidate Profile

The Golden Corral Opportunity

The “Golden Corral System” is a proven, time tested concept and business model with over 480 units currently in operation around the US. 

We’ve refined our restaurant systems and processes over the past four decades, providing our franchise partners with a clear road map and hands on field support for successfully executing our successful Golden Corral Buffet, Grill and Bakery concept.

For Independent Restaurant Owners

Golden Corral offers a professionally managed proven concept that allows experienced operators the opportunity to expand their portfolio and maximize their investment in the restaurant business. 

For Restaurant Franchisees

Golden Corral offers a proven concept that allows franchise operators of other concepts to diversify their restaurant operations.

Reasons to consider becoming a Golden Corral franchisee

We are a well-capitalized, privately held company, with an active founder and a stable and talented corporate senior management team having one of the industry's longest tenures.

Comprehensive, well-defined support program at all points: 

  • Site selection
  • Financing
  • Management recruiting
  • Construction
  • Management training
  • Unit opening support
  • Ongoing operations and marketing support

Our best-in-class co-worker training and operational systems have been tested and refined through extensive use at over 480 locations.

Combined purchasing power of a nationwide system with a leading specialty distribution company and equipment supplier with advantageous pricing gives our franchise network a true competitive edge.

We continue to open and manage company stores to sharpen our competitive edge and to ensure our strong connection with the consumers who regularly patronize our locations across the country.

The Buffet category is a $4.5 billion segment, of which Golden Corral has a 38.1% share.    2017 Technomic Top 500 Report

#1 in the Buffet Restaurant Category     2011-2016 Entrepreneur Magazine

#1 Grill-Buffet Segment for 14 years   Nation’s Restaurant News

$1.696 Billion System Revenue in 2016

481 Restaurants open in 41 states as of December 28, 2016

New compact store design opens up exciting new options for investors

Proven ability connecting investors to capital from over 40 of the nation’s lenders

Frequently Asked Questions

2016 Initial Investment:

$2,120,644–$6,170,713 estimated (depending on restaurant size; 11S for smaller markets and 11M for larger markets)

Financial Qualifications:

$2,500,000 net worth for individual or investment group

$500,000 liquid (as part of the $2,500,000 net worth)

2016 Fees:

Initial franchise fee: $50,000 per restaurant

Royalty: 4% of gross sales

Advertising: 2.4% of gross sales minimum

Franchise Agreement Term:

15 years (plus two, 5-year renewal options)

Financial Assistance:

Yes. Third-party financing may be provided from over 40 of the nation’s leading lenders

Site Selection Assistance:

Yes. In-house franchise real estate directors are available


A 13-week training program covering all aspects of restaurant management and operations. The program consists of 13 weeks in certified training restaurants.

Isn’t it time to move to the next level? To get started, call our Golden Corral Franchise Sales Administrator Annette Bagwell (800-284-5673) or apply now.

*This website does not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. We offer franchises, as well as development rights to open multiple franchised stores, only through our Franchise Disclosure Document. In addition, if you are in a state that requires franchisors to register their franchise offering before offering franchises or development rights in the state, we will not proceed with any offer unless we currently are registered in that state.

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