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
# 201
Right at Home Inc.

Right at Home Inc.

Home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $78K - $132K

# 202
Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

On-site children's fitness program

Initial Investment: $30K - $30K

# 203
Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Fondue restaurant

Initial Investment: $955K - $1.4M

# 204
TacoTime

TacoTime

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $201K - $818K

# 205
Homes & Land

Homes & Land

Real-estate marketing magazine

Initial Investment: $47K - $127K

# 206
Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs

Grilled subs

Initial Investment: $269K - $535K

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# 207
Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

Carpet and upholstery cleaning

Initial Investment: $104K - $250K

# 208
Fox's Pizza Den

Fox's Pizza Den

Pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $111K - $210K

# 209
DirectBuy Inc.

DirectBuy Inc.

Consumer buying club

Initial Investment: $359K - $904K

# 210
Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Business and franchise brokerage, commercial real estate

Initial Investment: $54K - $114K

# 211
Gymboree Play & Music

Gymboree Play & Music

Parent/child play and learning programs

Initial Investment: $120K - $277K

# 212
Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Moving services

Initial Investment: $178K - $556K

# 213
Yogen Fruz

Yogen Fruz

Frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream

Initial Investment: $136K - $472K

# 214
American Poolplayers Association

American Poolplayers Association

Recreational billiard league

Initial Investment: $17K - $20K

# 215
MARS Int'l. Inc.

MARS Int'l. Inc.

Auto appearance reconditioning services

Initial Investment: $500 - $147K

# 216
Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Barbecue-theme restaurant

Initial Investment: $637K - $4.2M

# 217
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 218
Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Air-duct cleaning, HVAC Restoration, dryer-vent cleaning

Initial Investment: $80K - $131K

# 219
Maid To Perfection

Maid To Perfection

Residential & light commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $57K - $63K

# 220
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Auto repair and maintenance, tires, engine diagnostics

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 221
Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Car Care Centers

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $200K - $466K

# 222
Colors On Parade

Colors On Parade

Mobile auto paint and dent repair

Initial Investment: $34K - $441K

# 223
Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc., The

Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc., The

Ice cream, frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $145K - $457K

# 224
Hollywood Tans

Hollywood Tans

Tanning services & lotions

Initial Investment: $279K - $471K

# 225
MaidPro

MaidPro

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $38K - $203K

# 226
Entrepreneur's Source, The

Entrepreneur's Source, The

Franchise/business coaching and development services

Initial Investment: $67K - $75K

# 227
Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing

Initial Investment: $27K - $88K

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# 228
Wetzel's Pretzels

Wetzel's Pretzels

Soft pretzels, lemonade, hot dogs

Initial Investment: $157K - $371K

# 229
Mr. Appliance LLC

Mr. Appliance LLC

Household appliance services and repairs

Initial Investment: $58K - $117K

# 230
Pak Mail

Pak Mail

Packing, shipping, crating, freight, mailboxes, business services

Initial Investment: $134K - $180K

# 231
Leadership Management Inc.

Leadership Management Inc.

Leadership, organization, training, development

Initial Investment: $20K - $28K

# 232
Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Bakery cafe

Initial Investment: $148K - $497K

# 233
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $33K - $43K

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# 234
Surf City Squeeze

Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

Initial Investment: $78K - $287K

# 235
RedBrick Pizza

RedBrick Pizza

Pizza, pasta, sandwichs, salads, gelato

Initial Investment: $197K - $571K

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# 236
Marco's Franchising LLC

Marco's Franchising LLC

Pizza, subs, wings, cheese bread

Initial Investment: $222K - $547K

# 237
AlphaGraphics

AlphaGraphics

Digital publishing, internet services, printing, marketing and communications

Initial Investment: $258K - $396K

# 238
Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

Window cleaning

Initial Investment: $78K - $140K

# 239
Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited

Bird-feeding supplies and nature gift items

Initial Investment: $123K - $192K

# 240
Dryclean USA

Dryclean USA

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $262K - $607K

# 241
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 242
Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton

Upscale hotels and resorts

Initial Investment: $35.5M - $62.4M

# 243
Assist-2-Sell

Assist-2-Sell

Discount real estate

Initial Investment: $24K - $46K

# 244
Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods

Initial Investment: $238K - $372K

# 245
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $50K - $365K

# 246
SeaMaster Cruises

SeaMaster Cruises

Cruises

Initial Investment: $10K - $17K

# 247
Fastframe USA Inc.

Fastframe USA Inc.

Custom picture framing & art sales

Initial Investment: $106K - $150K

# 248
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 249
Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $2K - $52K

# 250
Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hotels

Initial Investment: $134K - $2.6M

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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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