Own a Culver’s Franchise

Culver’s owner-operators have one thing in common, and that’s a commitment to our founding principles of hospitality, quality, freshness and service to the community. Our owner-operators are critical to Culver’s success because they’re engaged in their business every day, working side-by-side with their team, leading by example.

Over the years, these shared values have led to thriving relationships between Culver’s and our owner-operators. In fact, in recent surveys by the Franchisee Business Review, Culver’s is rated at the top or near the top in franchisee satisfaction by more than 4,300 franchisees in the United States and Canada.

We’re looking for leaders with the initiative and skills to take a team of people and operate a Culver’s according to our high standards. You need energy and enthusiasm. You have to be willing to work hard. You have to love people and believe, as we do, that having a great heart is also good business.

In 1984, Craig Culver and his family opened the first Culver’s restaurant in Sauk City, Wisconsin, serving their signature ButterBurgers® and Fresh Frozen Custard to friends and neighbors with genuine, from-the-heart hospitality. Their sole financial goal was to support their growing family.

Since then, along with our owner-operators who share the same uncompromising standards we’ve held from day one, Culver’s has grown to over 700 restaurants in 25 states.

Culver’s is leading the way in the industry and in our communities. If you are craving a restaurant business made to order for you, where your financial success is directly related to how well you and your team execute against Culver’s mission that every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy, we invite you to consider becoming a Culver’s franchisee.

Culver’s Franchise Costs & Fees


  • Business Established: 1984
  • Franchising Since: 1990
  • Franchised Units: 685 estimated
  • Initial Franchise Fee: $20,000 to $55,000
  • Advertising Fee: 2.5% of gross sales
  • Total Investment: $1,970,000 to $4,714,000
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