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Brand-Spanking

The nation's top 50 new franchises
February 1, 2000
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/19100

There's rarely been a time when the adjective "new" has been quite as significant as it is now. In this new year . . . century . . .millennium, even the traditional world of franchising has been affected by the new franchises on the block.

Who are the up-and-comers in 2000? That's the question on the minds of many prospective franchisees, who realize uncovering this hot list means getting a chance to possibly pinpoint the best ground-floor opportunities of the early 21st century. To give you a head start on this important quest, we've compiled the following ranking of the top 50 companies that have started franchising since 1995. Rankings are based on information as verified in Entrepreneur's January 2000 Franchise 500® listing.

The following list is not intended to endorse any particular franchise, but simply to provide a starting point for your research. Before you purchase any franchise, you should investigate further. Interview existing franchisees, discuss your options with an attorney and accountant, and read all relevant franchise materials, such as the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular. Good old-fashioned homework is a requisite step toward your new beginning in franchising.

1. Curves for Women

(800) 848-1096/(254)399-9285; http://www.curvesforwomen.com

Women's fitness & weight-loss centers

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $20.6K-31.1K

No. of units: 708

2. Ace America's Cask Express

(800) 713-3338; http://www.acecashexpress.com

Check cashing & related financial services

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $77.5K-186.1K

No. of units: 916

3. Home Instead Senior Care

(888)484-5759/(402)498-4466; http://www.homeinstead.com

Non-medical senior-care services

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $23.1K-29.8K

No. of units: 198

4. Cash Converters Int'l.

(888)910-2274/(847)330-1122; http://www.cashconverters.com

Pre-owned merchandise stores

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $253K-470K

No. of units: 547

5. The Mad Science Group

(800)586-5231; http://www.madscience.org

Science activities for children

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $60K-70K

No. of units: 107

6. Mister Money-USA Inc.

(800)827-7296/(970)493-0574; http://www.mistermoney.com

Pawn shops

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $64K-200K

No. of units: 39

7. House Doctors

(800)319-3359; http://www.housedoctors.com

Handyman services/home repairs

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $18.5K-38.6K

No. of units: 143

8. Atlanta Bread Co.

(770)432-0933; http://www.atlantabread.com

Bakery/cafe

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $362K-584K

No. of units: 79

9. Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

(800)543-9670

Casual-theme restaurant

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $1.1M-2.2M

No. of units: 238

10. Wetzel's Pretzels

(626)432-6900

Hand-rolled soft pretzels

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $111K-180K

No. of units: 84

11. Sport Clips

(800)872-4247; http://www.sportclips.com

Sports-themed hair salons for men & boys

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $98K-166.5K

No. of units: 27

12. Dealer Specialties Int'l. Inc.

(800)647-8425; http://www.getauto.com

Used-car window stickers

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $10.2K-35.4K

No. of units: 172

13. Tilden For Brakes Car Care Centers

(800)845-3367; http://www.tildencarcare.com

Full-service automotive repair

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $131.5K-171.2K

No. of units: 55

14. MilliCare Environmental Services

(888)886-2273; http://www.millicare.com

Commercial carpet maintenance

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $77K-166.9K

No. of units: 74

15. Talking Book World

(800)403-2933/(248)945-9999; http://www.talkingbookworld.com

Audiobook rentals & sales

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $150K-225K

No. of units: 37

16. Colter's Bar-B-Q

(214)987-5910; http://www.coltersbbq.com

Barbecue restaurant

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $150K-650K

No. of units: 18

17. Hayes Handpiece Franchises Inc.

(760)602-0521; http://www.hayeshandpiece.com

Dental handpiece repairs

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $21.5K-23K

No. of units: 49

18. Window Gang

(919)571-3888; http://www.windowgang.com

Window/pressure cleaning

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $30.6K-60.5K

No. of units: 57

19. Little Scientist Franchise Corp.

(800)322-8386/(203)732-3522; http://www.little-scientists.com

Science/educational products & services

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $21.5K-34.5K

No. of units: 30

20. Golf Etc.

(800)806-8633/(817)279-7888; http://www.golfetc.com

Golf supplies & equipment

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $125.9K-135.3K

No. of units: 34

21. Quik Internet

(949)548-2171/(702)841-2860; http://www.quik.com/007

Internet services

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $55K-70K

No. of units: 126

22. Mr. Appliance Corp.

(800)290-1422; http://www.dwyergroup.com

Household appliance services & repairs

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $27.4K+

No. of units: 28

23. Christmas Decor Inc.

(800)687-9551; http://www.christmas-decor.com

Holiday & event decorating services

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $17.6K-37.4K

No. of units: 204

24. Executive Tans Inc.

(877)393-2826/(303)403-1000; http://www.executivetans.com

Tanning salon

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $99.6K

No. of units: 22

25. Worldsites

(905)678-7588; http://www.worldsites.net

Internet services

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $25K-110K

No. of units: 235

26. Hannoush Jewelers

(413)846-4640; http://www.hannoush.com

Jewelry stores

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $291K-717K

No. of units: 45

27. Golf Augusta Pro Shops

(800)465-3051/(706)863-9905; http://www.golfaugustaproshops.com

Custom golf clubs

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $300K-500K

No. of units: 15

28. Express One

(800)399-3971/(801)944-1661; http://www.express1shipping.com

Freight delivery resale business

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $20K-100K

No. of units: 46

29. BioLogix

(800)747-1885

Environmental waste elimination

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $23K

No. of units: 24

30. Boomer McLoud

(860)632-4874; http://www.boomermcloud.com

Car audio sales/installation

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $37.5K-235.3K

No. of units: 48

31. Protocol LLC

(800)227-5336/(651)454-0518; http://www.air-serv.com

Personal-care product vending machines

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $8.7K-29K

No. of units: 45

32. Decor-At-Your-Door Int'l.

(800)936-3326

Mobile window coverings & carpet sales

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $5K

No. of units: 28

33. Truly Nolen

(800)458-3664/(520)977-5817; http://www.truly.com

Pest/termite control & lawn care

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $50K

No. of units: 87

34. Morrone's Italian Ices & Homemade Ice Cream

(888)667-7663; http://www.italianices.com

Italian ices & homemade ice cream

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $127.5K-164.5K

No. of units: 19

35.The Cleaning Authority

(800)783-6243/(410)740-1900; http://www.thecleaningauthority.com

Residential cleaning

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $40.9K-69.4K

No. of units: 28

36. Essentials Protective Coatings

(919)785-3015; http://www.epc-tubs.com

Protective plastic-coating system

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $46.1K-91.7K

No. of units: 24

37. Computer Doctor Franchise Systems Inc.

(888)297-2292/(605)225-4122; http://www.cdfs.com

Computer sales & repair services

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $112.9K-163.7K

No. of units: 14

38. New World Coffee

(732)544-0155; http://www.nwcb.com

Coffee & bagels

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $159K-413.5K

No. of units: 44

39. Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill

(480)483-8602; spfranch@aol.com

Teriyaki chicken, steak, prawns & rice

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $94.4K-114.8K

No. of units: 25

40. I.N.V.U. Portraits

(801)292-4688; http://www.invuportraits.com

Specialty photography

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $29.95K-66K

No. of units: 48

41. Roof America Plus Inc.

(800)291-9817/(219)522-4453; http://www.roofamericaplus.com

Residential roof coating

Franchising since 1996

Total Costs: $12.5K-100K

No. of units: 12

42. The Bone Appetit Bakery

(800)865-2378/(402)434-5620; http://www.boneappetitbakery.com

Gourmet bakery & boutique for dogs

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $35.3K-74.5K

No. of units: 23

43. Home Helpers

(800)216-4196; http://www.bison1.com/homehelpers

Non-medical in-home elder care

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $21.5K-39.6K

No. of units: 31

44. Battery Patrol Franchising LCC

(800)203-6549/(515)266-8207; http://www.batterypatrol.com

Batteries

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $236.7K

No. of units: 13

45. Dry Cleaning To-Your-Door

(800)318-1800; http://www.dctyd.com

Dry cleaning pickup & delivery

Franchising since 1995

Total Costs: $15.5K+

No. of units: 29

46. Airsopure Inc.

(800)752-3322/(972)960-9400; http://www.airsopure.net

Indoor air-purification system

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $19.2K-21.8K

No. of units: 25

47. L.A. Weight Loss Centers Inc.

(215)328-9250; http://www.laweightloss.com

Health services/weight-loss counseling

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $64.6K-97.3K

No. of units: 157

48. Precision Lube Express

(703)777-9095; http://www.precisionac.com

Quick lube services

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $133.6K-272.1K+

No. of units: 14

49. Triple Crown Sports

(970)223-6644; http://www.triplecrownsports.com

Amateur sports events

Franchising since 1997

Total Costs: $19.5K-53K

No. of units: 10

50. The HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe

(678)966-3254; bfaller@hbham.com

Specialty hams & turkeys, cafe

Franchising since 1998

Total Costs: $221.2K-289.9K

No. of units: 132