Wendy's began as the dream of Dave Thomas, Founder, Senior Chairman and "Wendy s dad". Dave wanted to build a better, made-to-order hamburger with fresh toppings. In 1969, he opened his first Wendy s restaurant in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and named it after one of his daughters.
From there, the company grew rapidly, through restaurant development and franchising. Today Wendy s operates over 1,000 Company restaurants and has over 500 franchisees operating more than 4,000 restaurants.
Our customers are passionate about Wendy s. That s why Wendy s employees--from the restaurant teams to the corporate staff--still embrace the simple, effective principles Dave Thomas followed when he opened his first Wendy s restaurant: Serve hot, fresh hamburgers that are made to order with a choice of toppings and treat each customer as a special guest.
That commitment has made Wendy s the third-largest quick service hamburger chain in the world serving the best hamburgers in the business in the United States, Canada, and various countries and territories.
In 1995, Wendy s merged with Tim Horton s, the largest coffee and fresh baked goods restaurant chain in Canada. Together, the restaurant chains now boast over 7,000 locations and combined sales of more than $7 billion.