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A & W Smithers

4086 Highway 16
Smithers, BC
V0J 2N0
250.847.3700

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A&W Restaurants, Inc., is a chain of fast-food restaurants distinguished by its draft root beer and root beer floats. A&W was arguably the first successful food franchise company, starting franchises in California, in 1923. In 1956, the first A&W drive-in restaurant in Canada opened on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. Since then, A&W has continued to grow, expanding into over 770 locations from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. At the heart of that growth is the fact that, while so much of our world has changed, the simple things that made A&W so popular in its early days are the same today. Serving a delicious combination of great-tasting burgers, onion rings and frosted mugs of famous A&W Root Beer®. A&W remains Canada's No. 1 brand of root beer and is available not just in the restaurants, but also in cans and bottles at local grocery store.

I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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