Charley's Philly Steaks

Liquid Capital Required

About Charley's Philly Steaks




Charleys Philly Steak, the iconic cheesesteak franchise, is experiencing a tremendous amount of momentum. With record breaking sales, record breaking expansion, and a partnership with a major Big-Box retailer throughout the United States, it’s no wonder that we just celebrated the opening of our 700th location!



Here’s why franchising with Charleys Philly Steak is a wise choice right now:

We’re on track to surpass 1000+ stores within the next few years

Consecutive years of store sales increases

1 million+ members in our loyalty program with continuous growth

Highly differentiated product that stands out amongst QSR and Fast Casual brands.

Over 35-year track record of helping entrepreneurs thrive in business

The demand for new locations continues to grow!




Ever since Charley Shin persuaded his mother to invest her savings in a relatively unknown cheesesteak restaurant right across the street from The Ohio State University campus in 1986, he’s lived by three words: Make Customers Happy.

At the time, the cheesesteak was relatively unknown outside of Philadelphia, and Charley grew his business one cheesesteak at a time. In 2023, the cheesesteak is a wildly popular sandwich, appearing on menus from pizza chains to chic, high-end restaurants. Today, Charleys Philly Steaks is the largest cheesesteak franchise in the world, largely because of Charley’s commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience.

"We know that in the United States, nobody eats because they’re hungry – customers want an experience," Charley says. "We’re always working on ways to increase our customer base, and by adding wings to our menu, we get to broaden our appeal. Our cheesesteaks are already head and shoulders above anything found in Philadelphia, and we’re just going to continue to treat our customers as individuals and ensure that they’re happy when they leave our restaurants. This has been the secret to our success."




Charleys Philly Steaks is one of the most affordable franchise opportunities in the QSR industry. The total cost to invest in a Charleys Philly Steaks franchise ranges from $251,637 to $1,002,700. With incredible brand recognition, low operating costs and a streamlined business model, Charleys Philly Steaks is able to maximize return on investment.


Initial Investment Range: $251,637 to $1,002,700

Franchise Fee: First unit is $24,500 ($15,000 for each additional unit)

Net-worth requirement: $500,000

Liquid cash requirement: $175,000

Financing: Third-party

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