2009 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
# 451
Froots

Froots

Smoothies, juices, wraps, paninis, salads, soups

Initial Investment: $88K - $317K

# 452
DoodyCalls

DoodyCalls

Pet-waste removal

Initial Investment: $36K - $53K

# 453
Grout Medic, The

Grout Medic, The

Grout and tile maintenance, restoration

Initial Investment: $21K - $56K

# 454
Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

Real, authentic Italian ice and gelato

Initial Investment: $152K - $176K

# 455
Indigo Joe's Sports Pub & Restaurant

Indigo Joe's Sports Pub & Restaurant

Sports pub & restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.2M - $1.3M

# 456
Foot Solutions Inc.

Foot Solutions Inc.

Comfort shoes and inserts for ages 40+

Initial Investment: $204K - $250K

# 457
Native New Yorker Franchising LLC

Native New Yorker Franchising LLC

Restaurant and sports bar

Initial Investment: $584K - $2.2M

# 458
Bandana's Bar-B-Q

Bandana's Bar-B-Q

Barbecue restaurant

Initial Investment: $380K - $1.1M

# 459
Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout, tile and stone maintenance

Initial Investment: $20K - $33K

# 460
Juice It Up Frozen Yogurt

Juice It Up Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $164K - $418K

# 461
Interior Magic Int'l.

Interior Magic Int'l.

Auto appearance reconditioning

Initial Investment: $33K - $100K

# 462
Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $661K - $1.4M

# 463
Bar-B-Cutie

Bar-B-Cutie

Barbecue restaurant

Initial Investment: $318K - $448K

# 464
Original Basket Boutique, The

Original Basket Boutique, The

Gifts, gift baskets, corporate gifts

Initial Investment: $48K - $59K

# 465
ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

Custom pull-out shelving for cabinets and pantries

Initial Investment: $70K - $131K

# 466
First Choice Business Brokers

First Choice Business Brokers

Business brokerage

Initial Investment: $41K - $119K

# 467
Get A Grip Franchising LLC

Get A Grip Franchising LLC

Countertop, tub and tile resurfacing

Initial Investment: $44K - $93K

# 468
IM=X Pilates Studio

IM=X Pilates Studio

Pilates studio

Initial Investment: $51K - $168K

# 469
Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Mobile locksmith and security services

Initial Investment: $100K - $135K

# 470
Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor

Women's clothing and accessories resale store

Initial Investment: $162K - $259K

# 471
Aero Colours

Aero Colours

Mobile automotive paint repair

Initial Investment: $52K - $66K

# 472
CottageCare Inc.

CottageCare Inc.

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $68K - $100K

# 473
Vype High School Sports Magazine

Vype High School Sports Magazine

High school sports magazine

Initial Investment: $58K - $145K

# 474
American Prosperity Group (APG)

American Prosperity Group (APG)

Retirement and estate financial services

Initial Investment: $87K - $118K

# 475
Touching Hearts At Home

Touching Hearts At Home

Nonmedical home care for seniors and people with disabilities

Initial Investment: $48K - $69K

# 476
Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club

Membership boat club

Initial Investment: $144K - $179K

# 477
Referral Institute LLC

Referral Institute LLC

Referral training, coaching, consulting

Initial Investment: $28K - $31K

# 478
Preppy Pet

Preppy Pet

Pet daycare, boarding, grooming

Initial Investment: $97K - $259K

# 479
Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 480
Philly Pretzel Factory

Philly Pretzel Factory

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $119K - $379K

# 481
Pet Butler

Pet Butler

Pet-waste cleanup and removal

Initial Investment: $30K - $42K

# 482
Glass Guru, The

Glass Guru, The

Window and glass restoration and replacement

Initial Investment: $32K - $122K

# 483
Nanny Poppinz

Nanny Poppinz

Nanny placement services

Initial Investment: $64K - $86K

# 484
Personal Training Institute

Personal Training Institute

Nutritional counseling & personal training

Initial Investment: $112K - $222K

# 485
Plan Ahead Events

Plan Ahead Events

Corporate event planning

Initial Investment: $46K - $71K

# 486
HomeWell Senior Care

HomeWell Senior Care

Home care

Initial Investment: $60K - $120K

# 487
Whole Child Learning Co., The

Whole Child Learning Co., The

Enrichment and tutoring programs

Initial Investment: $33K - $39K

# 488
Flat Rate Realty

Flat Rate Realty

Real estate

Initial Investment: $10K - $25K

# 489
JumpBunch Inc.

JumpBunch Inc.

Mobile children's sports and fitness programs

Initial Investment: $40K - $74K

# 490
Wings Over...

Wings Over...

Chicken wings

Initial Investment: $157K - $339K

# 491
Chyten Educational Services

Chyten Educational Services

Tutoring, test preparation, college counseling

Initial Investment: $139K - $262K

# 492
Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor

Tutoring

Initial Investment: $66K - $104K

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# 493
Pets Are Inn

Pets Are Inn

Pet care in private homes

Initial Investment: $60K - $85K

# 494
College Assistance Plus LLC

College Assistance Plus LLC

College consulting services

Initial Investment: $15K - $52K

# 495
Contours Express

Contours Express

Women's fitness center

Initial Investment: $65K - $95K

# 496
UFC Gym

UFC Gym

Fitness, boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes

Initial Investment: $390K - $891K

# 497
Racing Limos

Racing Limos

Race-theme limo services

Initial Investment: $58K - $240K

# 498
Big Box Storage Franchising Inc.

Big Box Storage Franchising Inc.

Mobile storage

Initial Investment: $155K - $226K

# 499
Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Grout, tile, stone and wood restoration

Initial Investment: $94K - $144K

# 500
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Family-style restaurant

Initial Investment: $2M - $3.6M

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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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