2008 Top Franchises from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 List

Our 37th Annual Franchise 500 ranking reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth.

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  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 301
Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Caribbean-style food

Initial Investment: $173K - $564K

# 302
BrickKicker Home Inspection, The

BrickKicker Home Inspection, The

Residential and commercial inspections, related services

Initial Investment: $14K - $33K

# 303
DKI

DKI

Insurance/disaster restoration

Initial Investment: $22K - $95K

# 304
Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $46K - $56K

# 305
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Upscale all-suite hotels

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 306
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 307
Geeks On Call

Geeks On Call

On-site computer support

Initial Investment: $37K - $82K

# 308
Friendly Computers

Friendly Computers

Computer and smartphone repairs, services and sales

Initial Investment: $51K - $144K

# 309
zpizza

zpizza

Pizza, sandwiches, salads, calzones

Initial Investment: $249K - $359K

# 310
Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Textile restoration

Initial Investment: $46K - $236K

# 311
A & W Restaurants Inc.

A & W Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, hot dogs, root beer

Initial Investment: $912K - $1.6M

# 312
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 313
Grout Medic, The

Grout Medic, The

Grout and tile maintenance, restoration

Initial Investment: $21K - $56K

# 314
WIN Home Inspection

WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $38K - $54K

# 315
Dinner By Design

Dinner By Design

Do-it-yourself home meal preparation

Initial Investment: $145K - $263K

# 316
Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Restaurant and sports bar

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

# 317
Wing Zone Franchise Corp.

Wing Zone Franchise Corp.

Buffalo wings takeout & delivery

Initial Investment: $248K - $313K

# 318
Villa Italian Kitchen

Villa Italian Kitchen

Pizza, Italian food

Initial Investment: $297K - $894K

# 319
Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

New and used sporting goods/equipment

Initial Investment: $242K - $393K

# 320
Scotts Lawn Service

Scotts Lawn Service

Lawn, tree & shrub care; pest control

Initial Investment: $84K - $300K

# 321
Fetch! Pet Care

Fetch! Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Initial Investment: $31K - $45K

# 322
Schlotzsky's

Schlotzsky's

Sandwiches, pizza, salads

Initial Investment: $504K - $787K

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# 323
Nature's Table Cafe

Nature's Table Cafe

Wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, smoothies, frozen treats

Initial Investment: $56K - $372K

# 324
Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Movement/educational programs

Initial Investment: $15K - $46K

# 325
Filta

Filta

Fryer management/mobile filtration services

Initial Investment: $79K - $89K

# 326
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Auto repair and maintenance, tires, engine diagnostics

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 327
Critter Control Inc.

Critter Control Inc.

Wildlife management, pest control

Initial Investment: $23K - $90K

# 328
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 329
Contours Express

Contours Express

Women's fitness center

Initial Investment: $65K - $95K

# 330
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Paint-your-own-ceramics studio

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 331
FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

Enrichment education

Initial Investment: $48K - $204K

# 332
OctoClean Franchising Systems

OctoClean Franchising Systems

Janitorial services

Initial Investment: $9K - $182K

# 333
Furniture Medic

Furniture Medic

Furniture and wood restoration, repair and refinishing

Initial Investment: $55K - $74K

# 334
Gloria Jean's Coffees

Gloria Jean's Coffees

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $326K - $545K

# 335
Maid To Perfection

Maid To Perfection

Residential & light commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $57K - $63K

# 336
Port Of Subs

Port Of Subs

Submarine sandwiches

Initial Investment: $169K - $300K

# 337
Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Pizza, take-and-bake pizza

Initial Investment: $123K - $398K

# 338
Golf USA Inc.

Golf USA Inc.

Golf store

Initial Investment: $230K - $365K

# 339
Inspect-It 1st LLC

Inspect-It 1st LLC

Property inspections

Initial Investment: $45K - $56K

# 340
Image Sun Tanning Centers

Image Sun Tanning Centers

Indoor tanning salon

Initial Investment: $195K - $867K

# 341
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations

Kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $99K - $351K

# 342
Golden Chick

Golden Chick

Chicken

Initial Investment: $759K - $1.7M

# 343
Learning Express

Learning Express

Specialty toy store

Initial Investment: $210K - $298K

# 344
Owens Corning Basement Finishing System

Owens Corning Basement Finishing System

Basement finishing system

Initial Investment: $73K - $234K

# 345
Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders Inc.

Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders Inc.

Oven-baked grinders, pizza

Initial Investment: $279K - $422K

# 346
Express Oil Change

Express Oil Change

Oil changes, brakes, tire services, tune-ups

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $2.1M

# 347
Computer Explorers

Computer Explorers

Technology education for children & adults

Initial Investment: $63K - $73K

# 348
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $100K

# 349
Tax Centers of America

Tax Centers of America

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $20K - $64K

# 350
Great Wraps Grill

Great Wraps Grill

Hot wrapped sandwiches, paninis, rice bowls, salads, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $486K

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Understanding the Ranking

There's a lot that goes into putting together the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Entrepreneur's 37th annual Franchise 500®.

The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

Only franchise companies that supply a full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing. To be eligible for the Franchise 500®, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one franchise located in the U.S. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the U.S., and it cannot be in Chapter 11 at the time the ranking is compiled. (The exception to these rules is Canada-based companies that are expanding only in Canada.)

All companies are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA.

We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style. The objective factors are plugged into our exclusive Franchise 500® formula, with each eligible company receiving a cumulative score.

Remember that the Franchise 500® is not intended to endorse, advertise or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise. Read the FDD and related materials carefully, get help from a franchise attorney and a CPA in reviewing any legal or financial documents, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as possible and visit their outlets. The best way to protect yourself is to do your homework.

Research compiled by Tracy Stapp Herold and J.R. Jimenez with assistance from Hava Arieh, Rick Ignarra, Nicole Jurinek, Yvette Madrid, Jessica Nguyen and Giuseppe Ricapito; technical assistance from Angel Cool and Daniel Sibitzky; financial analysis by David R. Juedes, CPA; graphic design by Karen Meneghin.

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