Arby’s franchisee acquires 29 restaurants

Staff report

CARMEL, Ind. — Arby’s franchisee AES Restaurant Group, LLC, HAS announced its acquisition of 29 Arby’s restaurants from GZK, Inc. The restaurants acquired are located in greater Dayton, Ohio area, which includes the Arby’s in Sidney.

With this purchase, AES will now operate 46 Arby’s restaurants across Georgia, Indiana and Ohio. All GZK employees have been hired by AES, including office support staff and members of the maintenance department.

“We are thrilled to welcome GZK, its restaurants, and its team members into the AES family,” said John Wade, President and Founder of AES Restaurant Group. “For more than 50 years, GZK has owned and operated Arby’s restaurants in the greater Dayton, Ohio area. With this acquisition, we will continue the great work that GZK has already achieved.”

AES will begin to remodel restaurant locations in Dayton this year. Remodeled restaurants will feature Arby’s new Inspire design which delivers an upgraded guest experience and features design elements such as wood tones, white brick, subway tiles, stainless steel finishes, chalkboard graphics, and upgraded lighting and landscaping.

AES, an Arby’s franchisee since 2004, operates nearly 50 Arby’s restaurants across Georgia, Indiana and Ohio. For more information, visit

Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,400 restaurants in seven countries. Arby’s is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit and

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