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The Golden Corral Opportunity

The “Golden Corral System” is a proven, time tested concept and business model with units in operation in over 40 states in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 

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 our many locations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Initial Investment:

$2,700,795–$7,037,915 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)

2020 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)

Site Selection Assistance:

Yes. In-house franchise real estate analysis and support 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 Dave Conklin (919-881-5174) and 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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