Junction A&W restaurant is the companies 1st Urban Franchise Associate restaurant a model that A&W designed for millennials that want to own their own restaurant with a lower investment.


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Opening the First Urban Franchise Associate Restaurant

A&W is kicking off 2017 by opening its first-ever Urban Franchise Associate restaurant. The Urban Franchise Associate program was introduced in 2016, and provides millennials and young entrepreneurs a turnkey opportunity to learn the business and to run their own urban restaurant with an initial investment of just $125,000 to $150,000.

Barmil Mallhi joins A&W as the first Urban Franchise Associate to open her restaurant. A wife and mother to a five-year-old, she was attracted to A&W’s unique Urban Franchise Associate program as the opportunity allows her to be her own boss while still focusing on her family. Mallhi moved to Toronto from Winnipeg to achieve her dreams of owning her own business. She has extensive retail and food service experience and entrepreneurial spirit.

“I always wanted to run my own business,” says Barmil Mallhi. “I love food and working with people, so a restaurant just made sense. When I began looking at all the opportunities that are out there, A&W appealed most to me. The Urban Franchise Associate program afforded me the opportunity to get into the business with a lower investment and robust training program, and it was the right move for me.”


Mallhi is the first of several other Urban Franchise Associates planning to open their restaurants in 2017. Her restaurant is located at 2858 Dundas Street in Toronto, ON, and is scheduled to open to the public February 29, 2017.

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