This excerpt taken from the WEN 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.
Acquisitions and Dispositions of Arbys Restaurants
As part of ARGs continuous efforts to enhance the Arbys brand, grow the Arbys system and improve Arbys system operations, ARG from time to time acquires or sells individual or multiple Arbys restaurants. ARG may use such transactions as a way of further developing a targeted market. For example, ARG may sell a number of restaurants in a particular market to a franchisee and obtain a commitment from the franchisee to develop additional restaurants in that market. Or, ARG may acquire restaurants from a franchisee demonstrating a limited desire to grow and then seek to further penetrate that market through the development of additional company-owned restaurants. ARG believes that dispositions of multiple restaurants at once can also be an effective strategy for attracting new franchisees who seek to be multiple unit operators with the opportunity to benefit from economies of scale. In addition, ARG may acquire restaurants from a franchisee who wishes to exit the Arbys system. When ARG acquires underperforming restaurants, it seeks to improve their results of operations and then either continues to operate them as company-owned restaurants or re-sells them to new or existing franchisees.