More than Frostys are for sale

Its red-and-yellow sign and promise of perfectly square hamburger patties have beckoned many into its booths. Now, in case you were thinking about taking the helm of the local Wendy’s, the franchise is for sale.

The Wendy’s franchise in San Bruno at 499 El Camino Real is available, according to broker Carter Asefi, who posted an advertisement for the business on bizben.com. The seller is asking $668,000 for the franchise, which, according to Wendy’s figures, is pricier than normal, given its Bay Area location, and brings in about $1.2 million in annual revenue.

After the property changes hands, the seller also is expected to help with remodeling costs for the restaurant, which has held court on El Camino at Jenevein Avenue for as long as many can remember, regular customer Bob Graening said.

A host of signature items has kept Graening coming to the franchise for years — even more so since he started driving south from Daly City to visit his son. He said he hopes nothing changes much.

Graening acknowledged that while the structure could use a makeover, he thinks the food has retained good quality.

“I’ll keep coming back, sure,” he said.

Though some companies allow their franchises to relocate upon purchase, the Wendy’s site will remain at its El Camino Real location, according to the posting.

Wendy’s, a chain of fast-food restaurants based in Dublin, Ohio, has more than 6,600 locations, according to corporate information. The company’s presence in the Bay Area includes Peninsula locations in San Bruno, South San Francisco and Millbrae.

The chain suffered nationwide in 2005, losing millions, after a woman said she bit into a human finger found in a bowl of the chain’s signature chili. The incident was determined to be a hoax after officials determined the finger was placed in the chili by the woman.

tramroop@examiner.com

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