Best Of The Best

The top picks from our Franchise 500 listing.
This story first appeared in the October 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

6757 Arapaho Rd., #761, Dallas, TX 75248

$46.1K-107.5K

113

1

Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

14 Pacella Park Dr., Randolph, MA 02368

$221.6K-295.1K

4,231

18

Frozen Yogurt

Yogen Früz

8300 Woodbine Ave., 5th Fl., Markham, ON, Canada L3R 9Y7

$80K-154K

876

13

Hamburgers

Burger King Corp.

P.O. Box 020783, Miami, FL 33157

$360K-1.4M

7,167

737

Hot Dogs

Wienerschnitzel

4440 Von Karman, Newport Beach, CA 92660

to $170K-470K

284

0

Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins USA Co.

31 Baskin-Robbins Pl., Glendale, CA 91201

to $57.2K-385K

4,192

6

Italian Fast Food

Sbarro The Italian Eatery

763 Larkfield Rd., Commack, NY 11725

$214K-758K

187

592

Juice Bars

Smoothie King

2400 Veterans Blvd., #110, Kenner, LA 70062

$90.5K-198.5K

50

3

Mexican Fast Food

Taco John's Int'l. Inc.

808 W. 20th, Cheyenne, WY 82001

$292.5K-570.5K

415

14

Muffins

My Favorite Muffin

4 Cedar Brook Dr. N., Cranbury, NJ 08512

$183.8K-486.5K

51

5

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

The Steak Escape

222 Neilston St., Columbus, OH 43215

$169K-253.5K

92

12

Pizza

Papa John's Pizza

P.O. Box 99900, Louisville, KY 40269-9990

$168.5K-417.4K

704

233

Pizza, Take & Bake

Figaro's Italian Kitchen

P.O. Box 12575, Salem, OR 97309-0575

$104.5K-149K

53

1

Potato Specialties

New York Fries

1220 Yonge St., #400, Toronto, ON, Canada M4T 1W1

$132K-171K

90

10

Pretzels

Auntie Anne's Inc.

P.O. Box 529, Gap, PA 17527

$161.2K-240K

271

18

Sandwiches, Soups & Salads

Schlotzsky's Deli

200 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

$200K-320K

402

1

Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Dairy Queen

P.O. Box 39286, Minneapolis, MN 55439-0286

$385K-745K

5,587

0

Specialty Ices

Rita's Water Ice

1525 Ford Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020

$76.9K-140K

73

1

Steak Delivery

Steak-Out

1967 Lakeside Pkwy., #420, Tucker, GA 30084

$231.5K-312K

71

1

Submarine Sandwiches

Subway

325 Bic Dr., Milford, CT 06460

$64.3K-147.8K

10,890

0

Misc. Fast Food

Long John Silver's Restaurants Inc.

P.O. Box 11988, Lexington, KY 40579

Varies

498

979

Food/Full-Service Restaurants

Barbecue Restaurants

Bono's Bar-B-Q & Grill

9250 Baymeadows Rd., #200, Jacksonville, FL 32256-1806

$320K-402K

11

6

Family Restaurants

Country Hospitality Worldwide

Carlson Pkwy., P.O. Box 59159, Minneapolis, MN 55459-8203

$606K-1.3M

249

0

Italian Restaurants

Cici's Pizza

1620 Rafe, #114, Carrollton, TX 75006

$258K-387K

114

20

Mexican Restaurants

Pepe's Mexican Restaurants

1325 W. 15th St., Chicago, IL 60608

$165K-265K

53

1

Steakhouses

Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

5151 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612

$1.3M-3.4M

190

240

Misc. Full-Service Restaurants

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

4551 107th St., #100, Overland Park, KS 66207

$1.7M-3.1M

476

116

Food/Retail Sales

Convenience Stores

7-Eleven Convenience Stores

2711 N. Haskell Ave., Box 711, Dallas, TX 75221

Varies

12,024

2383

Ham Stores

Heavenly Ham

20 Mansell Ct. E., #500, Roswell, GA 30076

$103.6K-173.2K

100

1

Health Food Stores

GNC Franchising Inc.

921 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

$102.5K-162.5K

829

1462

Misc. Food Sales/Services

Calido Chile Traders

5360 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS 66203

$137.7K-204.8K

18

4

Home-Improvement Businesses

Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen Tune-Up

131 N. Roosevelt, Aberdeen, SD 57401

$13.3K-29.6K

297

1

Carpet Sales

Floor Coverings Int'l.

5182 Old Dixie Hwy., Forest Park, GA 30050

$22.3K-42.8K

337

0

Closet Systems

The Closet Factory

12800 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061

$99.5K-196.1K

35

1

Furniture Stores

Norwalk Furniture Corp.

100 Furniture Pkwy., Norwalk, OH 44857

$200K-270K

35

7

Furniture Restoration Services

Furniture Medic

277 Southfield Pkwy., #130, Forest Park, GA 30050

$17.7K-19.5K

418

1

Interior Decorating

A World of Decorating

4731 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33445

$31.4K-50.4K

6

0

Painting Services

Certa ProPainters Ltd.

1140 Valley Forge Rd., Valley Forge, PA 19482

$35K-40K

153

0

Window Treatments

Budget Blinds Inc.

1570 Corporate Dr., #B, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

$22.8K-37.5K

118

1

Misc. Decorating Products/Services

Stained Glass Overlay

1827 N. Case St., Orange, CA 92665

$49.3K-98.6K

318

0

Maintenance Businesses

Asphalt Maintenance Services

Jet-Black Int'l. Inc.

9033 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420

$24.6K-30.7K

8

1

Carpet, Uphol. & Drapery Services

Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

1530 N. 1000 West, Logan, UT 84321

$19K-39.2K

4,147

0

Commercial Cleaning

Coverall Cleaning Concepts

3111 Camino Del Rio N., #950, San Diego, CA 92108

$3.6K-37.1K

3,518

12

Lawn Care/Landscaping

Lawn Doctor Inc.

142 Hwy. 34, Holmdel, NJ 07733-0401

$41.5K

307

0

Pest-Control Services

Terminix Termite & Pest Control

860 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120

$32.1K-75.6K

427

411

Plumbing Services

Mr. Rooter

1020 N. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76703

$28.2K-55.3K

277

0

Porcelain/Marble Restoration

Worldwide Refinishing Systems Inc.

1020 N. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76707

$29.3K-62.3K

407

0

Residential Cleaning

Merry Maids

860 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120

$21.8K-37.7K

971

9

Restroom Hygiene Services

Swisher Hygiene Co.

6849 Fairview, Charlotte, NC 28210

$63K-122K

97

5

Vinyl Repair

C.G.I. Inc.

7111 Ohms Ln., Minneapolis, MN 55439

$17.2K-41.8K

99

1

Misc. Maintenance Products/Svcs.

Culligan Water Conditioning

1 Culligan Pkwy., Northbrook, IL 60062-6209

$108K-230K

740

21

Pet Businesses

Bird Stores

Wild Birds Unlimited

3003 E. 96th St., #201, Indianapolis, IN 46240

$71K-122K

203

0

Pet-Care Services

Pets Are Inn

7723 Tanglewood Ct., #150, Minneapolis, MN 55439

$21.1K-25.2K

18

0

Pet Stores

Petland

195 N. Hickory St., Chillicothe, OH 45601

$156.5K-480K

146

1

Photographic Businesses

Photofinishing

Moto Photo Inc.

4444 Lake Center Dr., Dayton, OH 45426

$169.8K+

371

61

Photography Services

Glamour Shots Licensing Inc.

1300 Metropolitan Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73108

$148K

304

4

Videotaping Services

Video Data Services

3136 Winton Rd. S., #304, Rochester, NY 14623

$21K

185

1

Real Estate Businesses

Property-Inspection Services

The HomeTeam Inspection Service

6355 E. Kemper Rd., #250, Cincinnati, OH 45241

$16.5K-34.6K

155

0

Real Estate Services

Century 21 Real Estate Corp.

339 Jefferson Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054

Varies

6,094

0

Recreation Businesses

Campgrounds

Kampgrounds of America Inc.

550 N. 31st St., 4th Fl., Billings, MT 59101

$105K+

531

11

Golf

Nevada Bob's Discount Golf

3311 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV 89121

$227K-298K

251

7

Hotels & Motels

Choice Hotels Int'l.

10750 Columbia Pkwy., Silver Spring, MD 20901

$1.5M-4M

3,299

54

Sports-Event Planning

American Poolplayers Association

1000 Lake St. Louis Blvd., Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Varies

219

1

Sports Equipment/Apparel

Play It Again Sports

4200 Dahlberg Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55422

$159.6K-230K

597

4

Sports Memorabilia Stores

Pro Image

563 W. 500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010

$150K-234K

170

62

Travel Businesses

Uniglobe Travel

1199 W. Pender St., 9th Fl., Vancouver, BC, Canada V6E 2R1

$100K-120K

1,129

0

Misc. Rec. Activities/Facilities

Putt-Putt Golf & Games

3007 Ft. Bragg Rd., Box 35237, Fayetteville, NC 28303

$120K+

254

10

Retail Businesses

Appliance/Furniture Rentals

ColorTyme

1231 Greenway Dr., #900, Irving, TX 75038-2040

$256.2K-474.9K

323

8

Art Products/Services

Deck The Walls

P.O. Box 1187, Houston, TX 77210-1187

$250K-299K

189

3

Bookstores

Little Professor Book Centers Inc.

130 S. First St., #300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

$335K/1.8M

96

0

CDs & Tapes

Disc-Go-Round

4200 Dahlberg Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55422

$106.3K-134.5K

84

1

Computer Businesses

Computer Renaissance

4200 Dahlberg Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55422

$205K-255K

26

4

Flowers

Conroy's 1-800-Flowers

6621 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90803

Varies

88

21

Gifts & Collectibles

Wicks 'N' Sticks

P.O. Box 4586, Houston, TX 77210-4586

$178.6K-274.3K

189

2

Hardware

Snap-On Tools

2801 80th St., P.O. Box 1410, Kenosha, WI 53141-1410

$109.9K-192.8K

2,943

225

Newsstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newsstands

30 E. Beaver Creek Rd., #206, Richmond Hill, ON, Can. L4B 1J2

$60.9K-259.3K

266

0

Party Stores

Party City Corp.

400 Commons Way, #C, Rockaway, NJ 07866

$292K

135

16

Stationery Stores

Papyrus

954-60th St., Oakland, CA 94608

$164K-318.5K

50

17

Videocassette Rentals

Video Update Inc.

287 E. 6th St., #615, St. Paul, MN 55101

$224.5K-400K

23

109

Video Game Stores

Microplay Video Games

918 Dundas St. E., 5th Fl., Mississauga, ON, Canada L4Y 4M9

$97K-197K

121

9

Miscellaneous Retail Sales

Medicap Pharmacy

4700 Westown Pkwy., #300, West Des Moines, IA 50266-6730

$33.5K-214K

124

0

Service Businesses

Dating Services

Together Dating Service

161 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

$88K-327K

131

21

Dinner Delivery

Takeout Taxi

1175 Herndon Pkwy., Herndon, VA 22070

$72.5K-97.2K

96

2

DJ/Party Services

Complete Music

7877 L St., Omaha, NE 68127

$17.5K-26K

124

1

Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services

One Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaning

2005 Ross Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212

$165K-265K

824

0

Dry Cleaning/Laundry Delivery

Pressed4Time Inc.

124 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776

$11.9K-17.2K

74

1

Electronic Repair Services

Mr. Electric

1020 N. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76707

$25.9K+

9

0

Environmental Businesses

Environmental Biotech Inc.

4404 N. Tamaimi Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

$100K-110K

97

0

Income Tax Services

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

4575 Bonney Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

$30K-42.2K

1,222

135

Moving Services

Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

1915 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912

$33.5K-56K

43

1

Plant Maintenance Services

Foliage Design Systems

4496 35th St., Orlando, FL 32811

$27.4K-113.9K

41

6

Postal & Business Services

Mail Boxes Etc.

6060 Cornerstone Ct. W., San Diego, CA 92121

$93.5K-137.4K

2,786

3

Printing Services

Minuteman Press Int'l. Inc.

1640 New Hwy., Farmingdale, NY 11735

$120.6K-204.9K

861

0

Publishing Services

Homes & Land Magazine

P.O. Box 5018, Tallahassee, FL 32314

$47K-92K

209

2

Referral Services

Service Center Inc.

7655 E. Gelding Dr., #A3, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

$39K-51K

14

2

Security & Safety Businesses

Dynamark Security Centers Inc.

19833 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21742

$39.8K-43.5K

139

1

Senior Care Services

Home Instead Senior Care

1104 S. 76th Ave., #A, Omaha, NE 68124

$13K-18.7K

28

1

Shoe Repair

Heel Quik! Inc.

6425 Powers Ferry Rd., #250, Atlanta, GA 30339

$6K-135.5K

633

2

Miscellaneous Services

Fast-Fix Jewelry Repairs

1501 Decker Ave., #107, Stuart, FL 34994

$86.8K-155.6K

76

1

Training Businesses

Computer Training

ExecuTrain Corp.

4800 N. Point Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30202

$180K-225K

124

3

Management Training

Sandler Sales Institute

10411 Stevenson Rd., Stevenson, MD 21153

$36.5K-53.3K

166

0

Vocational Training

Academy Of Learning

100 York Blvd., #400, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada L4B 1J8

$128K-175K

120

1

Misc. Training Systems

Sylvan Learning Systems

9135 Guilford Rd., Columbia, MD 21046

$78.5K-142.4K

529

26

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