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Real Estate

Site Criteria

Location is an extremely important component in the viability of every Culver’s restaurant. We strongly encourage our owner-operators to work with an established Culver's preferred real estate broker to assist in securing a site. We will furnish you a list of our preferred real estate brokers upon request.

Important items to consider in reviewing sites include, but are not limited to:

  • Good visibility from all angles. Corner lots at signalized intersections are preferred.
  • Ease of ingress and egress—two entry and exit points are preferred.
  • Ability to make left-hand turns into and out of the site.
  • Proper zoning for drive-thru is required.
  • City codes should allow for construction of building and signage with no or few restrictions (changeable reader boards are preferred).
  • Availability to build up to 4,500 sf.
  • There should be no plans by government entities to alter traffic patterns in a manner that would have an adverse effect on your site.
  • Ability and cost of utility hook-ups.
  • Availability to build to a height of 23'.
  • One designated parking stall for every two restaurant seats (typically 55-60 stalls).
  • The vast majority of our owner-operators own their real estate. And most of our restaurants are freestanding.

Site Requirements

Site Detail Preferred  Minimum
"Usable" Square Footage   50,000 45,000
Frontage 175'  150' 
Average Daily Traffic  30,000  15,000 
Speed Limit at Site Front  35 MPH or Less

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For real estate inquiries, please contact:

For Real Estate Inquires, please contact:  Peter Siepe at, Mitch Bastien at or John Cuff at