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O, Pioneers!

40 companies that helped define franchising success.

Like the wild west, franchising has a hearty share of pioneers: entrepreneurial companies that have broken ground in their industries, claimed impressive territories, lassoed lots of consumers and, most important, survived the onslaught of competitors.

But don't mistake these companies for old-timers content to sit back and reminisce about the early days of franchising. These pioneers are constantly seeking innovative ways to improve their systems and meet consumer demand as they face the new millennium.

As a result of their steadfastness, these franchises have become household names not only among consumers but also with prospective franchisees seeking a tried-and-true trail to success. To introduce you to these grandfathers of franchising, Entrepreneur has compiled the following listing of 40 companies that have been franchising since 1963.

This listing is not intended to endorse, promote or recommend any particular company. When considering buying a franchise, you must conduct your own independent investigation by reading its Uniform Franchise Offering Circular, visiting the locations of existing franchisees, and enlisting the help of an attorney and CPA to review the company's legal documents.

Once you've researched the franchise opportunity thoroughly, you have a much better chance of conquering a territory of your own . . . and riding happily into the sunset.

See the 40 successful franchise companies in our Pioneer Table Listing.

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This article was originally published in the October 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: O, Pioneers!.

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