A&W opened a c-store unit in Fremont, Neb., earlier this year. Other units are currently under development in Berkeley and Hayward, Calif.; Salome, Ariz.; Algoma, Wis.; Hershey, Neb.; Mt. Morris, Mich.; and Rock Rapids, Iowa.
A&W was founded in Lodi, Calif., in June 1919. It is currently finalizing plans for its centennial celebration, which include a book to be published in 2019. Its profits will go toward the Disabled American Veterans organization.
"It's really interesting that as we approach our 100th anniversary, A&W is returning to its heritage," Bazner said. "The roadside is very different than it was 50 or 60 years ago, but people still want to stop for a frosty mug of root beer and a quick, high quality, all-American meal."