The Wendy’s Company (Wendy’s) is one of America’s most iconic fast food chains. Founded by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969, it is currently the third-largest hamburger chain in the United States.
Wendy’s has a strong presence in the United States, but not in foreign markets, despite a long history of international expansion. Wendy’s first foray into global markets occurred in 1976, when the company opened a restaurant in Canada. Since then, Wendy’s has opened restaurants in many foreign countries including Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Indonesia, Greece, Turkey, Guatemala, and Italy. Wendy’s has at times struggled in the global arena, with failed ventures in Argentina, South Korea, Hong Kong, Russia, and Singapore. While Wendy’s is operating in 32 countries, it has only 637 restaurants operating outside of the United States.
This case deals with the international expansion plans of a fast food giant. Wendy’s international presence is poor, and growth in domestic markets is difficult to achieve as fast food is no longer growing in the United States. Further, the company faces fierce competition from competitors in both the fast food industry and the fast-casual dinning industry. However, there is high growth potential in a number of international markets. In May 2018, the company’s chief executive officer, Todd A. Penegor, needs to determine which foreign market(s) to target as well as
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