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Chain Restaurants: How They Got Their Starts


Original Location: Columbus, Ohio

Fun Facts: Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurant in 1969. The second Wendy's featured the first modern-day pick-up window. In 1972, the first franchise sold and was located in Indianapolis, Ind. Thomas who had long been the company's pitchman, died in 2002. In 2007, Wendy's was forced to close the location that started it all due to sagging sales, but there are more than 10,000 remaining.

(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

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