They say the race goes to the swift-that certainly seems to be the case in international franchising. U.S. franchisors who realize this are opening stores quickly in an attempt to corner global markets. So which U.S. franchises opened the most international locations last year? We've compiled the following top 10 list of the very fastest, based on information from Entrepreneur's 2001 Franchise 500 listing.

1. Burger King Corp.
Hamburgers, fries, breakfast & other items
International unit growth: 1,759

2. McDonald's
Hamburgers, chicken, salads
International unit growth: 1,034

3. Century 21 Real Estate Corp.
Real estate services
International unit growth: 300

4. Worldsites
Internet services
International unit growth: 238

5. KFC Corp.
Chicken
International unit growth: 222

6. Subway
Submarine sandwiches & salads
International unit growth: 211

7. Jani-King
Commercial cleaning
International unit growth: 165

8. Blimpie Int'l. Inc.
Submarine sandwiches & salads
International unit growth: 134

9. Mail Boxes Etc.
Postal, business & communications services
International unit growth: 107

10. Choice Hotels Int'l.
Hotels, inns, suites & resorts
International unit growth: 96