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What it costs to open 12 of the biggest fast-food franchises in the US, including McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, and Taco Bell

Business Insider Logo By Hayley Peterson of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 13: 
  
    It costs more than $1 million to open a McDonald's,
    Taco
    Bell, Burger
    King, or Wendy's
    restaurant.
  
  
    Opening a Chick-fil-A
    restaurant costs just $10,000.
  
  
    We compiled a list of basic financial requirements to
    become a franchisee for 12 major fast-food chains.
  
  
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  Owning a fast food franchise can be a lucrative business,
  but it requires a lot of cash.

  You must have at least $500,000 in liquid assets to open a
  McDonald's, $750,000 to open a Taco Bell, and $2 million to open
  a Wendy's, for example.

  Potential franchisees need a lot of cash available to help fund
  startup costs, which exceed $1 million for most major fast food
  chains in the US.

  In addition to startup costs, franchisees have to pay ongoing
  monthly fees for royalties, advertising, and other services that
  can add up to more than 10% of gross sales.

  We compiled a list of some basic financial requirements for
  becoming a franchise owner of 12 of the biggest fast-food chains
  in the US.

  Following the name of each restaurant chain is the average total
  startup costs to open one new restaurant in the US.

Owning a fast food franchise can be a lucrative business, but it requires a lot of cash.

You must have at least $500,000 in liquid assets to open a McDonald's, $750,000 to open a Taco Bell, and $2 million to open a Wendy's, for example.

Potential franchisees need a lot of cash available to help fund startup costs, which exceed $1 million for most major fast food chains in the U.S.

In addition to startup costs, franchisees have to pay ongoing monthly fees for royalties, advertising and other services that can add up to more than 10% of gross sales.

We compiled a list of some basic financial requirements for becoming a franchise owner of 12 of the biggest fast-food chains in the U.S. Following the name of each restaurant chain is the average total startup costs to open one new restaurant in the U.S. Click ahead to see them.

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