Runza Franchise

At Runza, our recipes and processes might be decades old but our ingredients aren't. We started in Lincoln, Nebraska, then expanded throughout the state and into some neighboring states. To keep it fresh, we chose not to go national. Our signature sandwich is filled with cabbage and people love it. The Runza Sandwich features fresh-baked bread stuffed with ground beef, onions, our secret blend of spices and yes, cabbage.

Runza charges a franchise fee of $30000. They also offer a discount for veterans.


Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name: Runza® National, Inc.
Total Units: 40
Year Founded: 1949
Franchising Since: -
Home Office: Lincoln, Nebraska
Training: Available
Locations Available: See Below*
Franchise Costs

Franchise Costs

Financing: Available
Liquid Capital Required: N/A
Net Worth Required: N/A
Total Investment: $1,250,000 – $2,720,000
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Royalty Type: 5% of Gross Sales
Vetern Discount: Yes

*Runza is currently accepting inquiries from the following locations: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Wyoming

Values & History

We've been around since 1949. Started by Sally Everett, expanded by her son and still run by her grandchildren. The Runza Sandwich is also called Bierocks. Both the Bierock and the Runza sandwich have German-Russian roots going back to the 18th century. This unique recipe was passed down from one generation to the next, eventually finding its way to the Midwest of America and particularly to the states of Kansas and Nebraska (but with different names). Originally the Bierocks were served to the field workers for lunch. Today Bierocks are enjoyed at any time and can be found at just about every church fund-raiser in the Kansas area.

Industry Performance

Why Us?

Owning a Runza Restaurant isn't just about serving sandwiches - it's about serving communities. We opened our first restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1949 and we're still a family-owned business serving communities in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Iowa. Keeping it close to home ensures each Runza Restaurant gets hands-on support from headquarters and each Runza meal is made with the same commitment to quality, chain-wide.

We're always on the lookout for great people to become part of our family and grow our presence in the areas we serve.

Training & Support

Initial training:

  • You'll be invited to attend Runza® university and receive in-store training outlined in our process section.
  • Ongoing educational training.
  • Operational manual.
  • Personal representatives
  • Supply purchasing assistance
  • Accounting software and practices
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Image, trademark, logo and operational rights.
  • Site selection.
  • Location development.

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

If you're driven, dedicated and ready to be committed then we need you on the team.

Purchasing a Runza Franchise

There's an initial franchise fee of $30,000. Minimum liquidity and net worth requirements vary based on specific project costs. But you must own a minimum of 51% equity stake in the business and 40% equity stake must come from non-borrowed sources.

We grant individual as well as area development franchises for new or existing locations. We're actively seeking Franchisee candidates in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri and Wyoming only.

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