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Arbys is a fast food restaurant chain in the United States and Canada that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wendys/Arbys Group. It is primarily known for selling roast beef sandwiches and curly fries. The companys target market attempts to be more adult-oriented than other fast food restaurants. The Arbys menu also includes chicken sandwiches, appetizers, salads, Market Fresh (deli-style) sandwiches, wraps, and submarine sandwiches. Its headquarters are in Sandy Springs, Georgia. There are more than 3,600 Arby s restaurants. As of December 30, 2010, there were 1,169 company-owned restaurants, 2,367 franchised and 125 international locations, principally in Canada. There are also locations in Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It owns the franchise T.J. Cinnamons that, as of December 2007, has 243 locations with 225 multi-branded with company stores. They are currently only franchising the T.J. Cinnamons brand. They also have six multi-branded Pasta Connections. Arbys was founded in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964 by Forrest and Leroy Raffel, owners of a restaurant equipment business who believed there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to call their restaurants “Big Tex,” but that name was being used by an Akron business. Instead, they chose the name “Arbys,” based on R.B., the initials of Raffel Brothers. The Raffel brothers opened the first new restaurant in Boardman, Ohio, just outside Youngstown, on July 23, 1964. They initially served only roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and soft drinks. A year later, the first Arbys licensee opened a restaurant in Akron, Ohio. The famous Arbys “hat” was designed by the original signmakers, Peskin Sign Co. (it continues to make signs for Wendys/Arbys Group). Expansion to other states began in 1968, beginning in Pittsburgh (the closest large out-of-state market to Youngstown) and Detroit. The restaurants were initially designed to be more upscale than their hamburger competitors.