facebook pixal

Wendy’s franchisee Carlisle adds 46 more locations

The Memphis-based company bought locations in Alabama and Florida

Carlisle Corp., the 10th-largest operator in the Wendy’s system, on Monday announced that it had acquired 46 locations in Alabama and Florida from the Wendco Group.

Wendco is an organization owned by Roger and Raisa Webb.

“Roger is a Wendy’s Hall-of-Fame inductee and we are beyond honored to carry forward his tradition of excellence,” Carlisle’s CEO Chance Carlisle said in a statement.

The deal continued a period of consolidation in the franchise business, as larger operators buy locations from franchises that are selling off locations or, as in this case, from operators who are retiring.

Webb began working alongside Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas. “We are proud of the work we accomplished with Wendy’s and will cherish the memories and friendships we made along the way,” Roger Webb said in a statement.

The deal gives Carlisle 150 Wendy’s locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The company has been a Wendy’s operator for more than 40 years.

“Chance and his team are first-class people and operators and we know we are leaving our restaurants in great hands,” Webb said.

Carlisle Corp. also owns the better-for-you fast-casual chain LYFE Kitchen. It acquired the brand in 2016, after first purchasing a minority stake in 2014 and relocating the chain's headquarters from California to Memphis.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


A tweet comes between Grubhub and McDonald's franchisees

The Bottom Line: The fast-food burger chain’s former top U.S. corporate relations officer said, “cry me a river” in a now-deleted tweet about McDonald’s franchisees. It didn’t go over well, either with them or his new employer, Grubhub.


Burger King borrows preps from fine dining to innovate the menu

The burger chain’s new culinary focus reflects head chef Chad Brauze’s experience and passion gained in Michelin-starred restaurants.


Why the 2021 restaurant buying spree may come back to haunt some operators

The Bottom Line: Franchisees in particular jumped at the chance to scoop up restaurants in 2021, often paying sky-high multiples in the process. And then inflation hit.


More from our partners