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They're the third-largest burger chain, but it wasn't enough to prevent a buyout from those guys who make roast beef sandwiches.

Arby's owner buying Wendy's for $2.3 billion stock deal


    COLUMBUS, Ohio - After two past rejections, the owner of Arby's shaved roast beef sandwich restaurants is buying Wendy's, the fast-food chain famous for its made-to-order square hamburgers and chocolate Frosty dessert, for around $2 billion.

    Triarc Companies Inc., which is owned by billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, said Thursday it will pay about $2.34 billion in an all-stock deal for the nation's third-largest hamburger chain started in 1969 by Dave Thomas. Wendy's had rejected at least two buyout offers from Triarc.

    Thomas' daughter Pam Thomas Farber said the family was devastated by the news.

    "It's a very sad day for Wendy's, and our family. We just didn't think this would be the outcome," said Farber, 53.

    If her father were alive to hear news of the buyout, "he would not be amused," she said.


Man, this better not mean Arby's restaurants will start popping up like cockroaches (those who eat at Arby's will see the humor in that statement). Wendy's wasn't great, but I absolutely love having a baked potato with my burger. It'd be a huge shame if they started closing their doors and Arby's started taking their place.

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I've never eaten at either place, but I'd guess Wendy's has enough of a brand built up that there's no way it's just thrown in the trash. Maybe they should just convert all Arby's and Wendy's location to the new ultra fast food joint, Warby's.



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If I could get a Baconator and a Beef N' Cheddar in the same location the fast food wars would be forever over in the SPF household.



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I think both brands could compliment each other. I don't eat at Arby's regularily, but their Jalepeno poppers are awesome.

Here in Canada, there are a number of Wendy's restaurants that are paired with Tim Hortons' donut shops...pairing two restaurants with different menus isn't necessarily a bad thing; the popularity of KFC/Pizza Hut combinations shows that.




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I will begin to care when I have either joint to visit within 50 miles.

I like them both, but I only get to eat either, once or twice a year.
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As long as the Wendy's menu remains unchanged all is well, I just know, I gotta have my Wendy's. Here, Arby's is right across the street from one Wendy's location.






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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by It's False
    It'd be a huge shame if they started closing their doors and Arby's started taking their place.
I can't imagine that happening. I would be shocked if Arby's was buying Wendy's to replace the brand with their own.

As Oliver noted, the brands should compliment each other. Maybe we'll start seeing "5 Baconators for $5" promos.
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As far as I know/can tell, Wendy's is tops amongst the college kids. Arby's... not so much. I don't see the Wendy's menu changing at all, unless it's merely to add some Arby's items. Until I hear otherwise, I'm gonna assume this is merely a change in ownership and nothing more.

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It'll be no different than Yum Brands owning Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silvers and Taco Bell. Arbys and Wendy's are far more similar than the Yums, of course, but different enough to survive next door to each other.

Or, in a smaller area...*drooling*...in the same building. Oh yes.



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After the gastric bypass, Arby's chicken is about the only chicken I can eat every time without stomach complaint. Wendy's chili is highly missed here.



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I would suspect that Triarc is going to emulate the former Tricom (now Yum) and shoot for a couple more groups (PeterStork, you missed A&W ) and start to combine buildings (there are lots of A&W, Taco Bell, LJS combined places in the midwest and south).

I wonder if Triarc might shoot for Tim Hortons - there are many Wendys/Tim horton combos in Ohio. While I assume that's a franchiser, it makes a lot of complementary sense.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.29
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    After the gastric bypass, Arby's chicken is about the only chicken I can eat every time without stomach complaint. Wendy's chili is highly missed here.


Do you guys still not have a Wendy's? I seemed to get caught in the good spots after the mass Wed-America shutdown; Edwardsville, Carbondale, Effingham and now Litchfield all with open restaurants. I heard from a friend that when they re-opened their Swansea location just north of Belleville the line on a weeknight was snaked back onto Illinois 159 backing up traffic. Crazy.

    Originally posted by AWArulz
    (PeterStork, you missed A&W )


I thought about A&W (we've got one coupled with a LJS here and it's always weird ordering an "A2" combo) but they annoy me by not being combined with a Hot Dogs & More like I used to find in lots of malls. Their Chicago Style Hot Dogs were AWESOME. A&W burgers are quite...average.



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How far off are we from this, realistically?





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"Do you guys still not have a Wendy's?"

Still. The one on north Prospect is reopening, but the one right by work is now a bread store.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.68
    Originally posted by PeterStork
    It'll be no different than Yum Brands owning Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silvers and Taco Bell. Arbys and Wendy's are far more similar than the Yums, of course, but different enough to survive next door to each other.

    Or, in a smaller area...*drooling*...in the same building. Oh yes.


This was the prevailing opinion tonight when I told a group of people about this -- you would get a "mega restaurant" like the Pizza Hut/KFC/Taco Bell combo places.

Also, for you Mid-Atlantic people, the deal between Hardee's and Roy Rogers.



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I think Krispy Kreme is in more trouble that Tim Horton's.




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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    I wonder if Triarc might shoot for Tim Horton's - there are many Wendys/Tim Horton's combos in Ohio. While I assume that's a franchiser, it makes a lot of complementary sense.
Wendy's purchased Tim Horton's several years ago. The co-branded stores came about because of that merger. It was an initial test in co-branding.

Wendy's spun off Tim Horton's last year under pressure from a hedge fund that bought into Wendy's and was actively harassing them to make moves to bounce the stock value short-term.

The really STUPID thing about it is that Wendy's is getting ready to expand into the breakfast segment nationwide and is touting a line of coffee. If they'd kept Tim Horton's, this could have been the catapult to roll out Tim Horton's coffee nationwide.
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Also, for you Mid-Atlantic people, the deal between Hardee's and Roy Rogers.

Or later on when Hardees was purchased by Carl's Jr.
    Originally posted by Lise

    I will begin to care when I have either joint to visit within 50 miles.

    I like them both, but I only get to eat either, once or twice a year.

I'd trade them both for a Sonic. Darn it's difficult seeing their ads on national TV, with the closest one 200 miles away in Davenport, IA.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.19
OMG that is totally true about Sonic. We get the ads here too, but we only ever manage to get Sonic when we visit Modesto. It was the same in SD now that I think about it... why show the ads if you can't run out and buy a cherry-limeade and tater tots at a moments notice.
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    Originally posted by Lise
    OMG that is totally true about Sonic. We get the ads here too, but we only ever manage to get Sonic when we visit Modesto. It was the same in SD now that I think about it... why show the ads if you can't run out and buy a cherry-limeade and tater tots at a moments notice.
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(I already know how to make tater tots, and could easily recreate their cherry limeade, so I don't see this as a super big deal)



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