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WENDY'S OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS. Wendy's is an international fast food chain restaurant founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio. The company decided to move its headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, on January 29, 2006. As of March 1999, Wendy's was the world's third largest hamburger fast food chain with approximately 6,650 locations, following McDonald's' 31,000+ locations and Burger King's 12,000+ locations. (1)

On April 24, 2008, the company announced a merger with Triarc, the parent company of Arby's. Despite the new ownership, Wendy's headquarters remained in Dublin.[4] Previously, Wendy's had rejected more than two buyout offers from Triarc Companies Inc. Following the merger, Triarc became known as Wendy's/Arby's Group, a publicly traded company. Approximately 77% of Wendy's restaurants are franchised, the majority of which are located in North America. (2)

The Dubuque store as well as locations in Burlington, Clinton, and Muscatine were developed by C and C Corporation owned by Steve Reid of Davenport and Charles Misfeldt of Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1980 Phillip A. RUPPEL purchased the four Iowa outlets through his company Parco, Ltd. (3)



1. Wikipedia

2. Ibid.

3. "Dubuque Wendy's Purchased," Telegraph Herald, April 6, 1980, p. 34

The 1980 through 2013 Dubuque City Directory listed 810 Wacker Drive.