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
# 251
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Batteries

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 252
Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Children's safety products and services

Initial Investment: $34K - $44K

# 253
Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $45K - $421K

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# 254
Glamour Secrets

Glamour Secrets

Beauty retail store

Initial Investment: $250K - $400K

# 255
NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

Smoothies, meal-replacement shakes, protein bars

Initial Investment: $99K - $341K

# 256
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffee and smoothies

Initial Investment: $75K - $469K

# 257
Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies

Cookies

Initial Investment: $183K - $317K

# 258
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Initial Investment: $195K - $489K

# 259
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 260
National Property Inspections, Inc.

National Property Inspections, Inc.

Home and commercial property inspections

Initial Investment: $43K - $47K

# 261
Learning Express

Learning Express

Specialty toy store

Initial Investment: $210K - $298K

# 262
Property Damage Appraisers

Property Damage Appraisers

Commercial and residential property management

Initial Investment: $22K - $49K

# 263
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 264
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 265
U.S. Lawns

U.S. Lawns

Commercial grounds care

Initial Investment: $33K - $79K

# 266
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Chocolate, fudge, ice cream

Initial Investment: $352K - $622K

# 267
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 268
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Upscale all-suite hotels

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 269
N-Hance

N-Hance

Wood floor and cabinet refinishing

Initial Investment: $24K - $145K

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# 270
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

# 271
Signs Now

Signs Now

Signs, graphics

Initial Investment: $187K - $351K

# 272
Saladworks

Saladworks

Salads, soups, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $494K - $533K

# 273
Navis Pack & Ship

Navis Pack & Ship

Packing, crating and shipping of fragile, large, awkward and valuable items

Initial Investment: $97K - $173K

# 274
Window Gang

Window Gang

Window, exterior, dryer-vent and chimney cleaning; deck and fence sealing

Initial Investment: $34K - $81K

# 275
Dr. Vinyl & Associates Ltd.

Dr. Vinyl & Associates Ltd.

Auto vinyl, leather, fabric and plastic repair

Initial Investment: $41K - $72K

# 276
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 277
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 278
Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Home furnishings

Initial Investment: $539K - $2M

# 279
Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets

Initial Investment: $262K - $1.3M

# 280
Wirth Business Credit

Wirth Business Credit

Equipment leasing & financing

Initial Investment: $40K - $75K

# 281
City Publications

City Publications

Publication for affluent homeowners

Initial Investment: $93K - $268K

# 282
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Lease-to-own and retail wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 283
Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $414K - $3.6M

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# 284
Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $83K - $169K

# 285
U-Save Car & Truck Rental

U-Save Car & Truck Rental

Car & truck rentals

Initial Investment: $73K - $686K

# 286
Christmas Decor Inc.

Christmas Decor Inc.

Holiday & event decorating services

Initial Investment: $13K - $35K

# 287
Pro-Cuts Classic

Pro-Cuts Classic

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $95K - $185K

# 288
Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $17K

# 289
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 290
Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Bread bakery

Initial Investment: $113K - $642K

# 291
ProSource Wholesale

ProSource Wholesale

Wholesale floor coverings, kitchen and bath products

Initial Investment: $565K - $593K

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# 292
Petland

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Initial Investment: $274K - $1M

# 293
Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid

Children's identification and safety products and services

Initial Investment: $21K - $39K

# 294
Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals

Recreational rentals

Initial Investment: $46K - $230K

# 295
ComForCare Home Care

ComForCare Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $156K

# 296
Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, baked potatoes

Initial Investment: $147K - $439K

# 297
OctoClean Franchising Systems

OctoClean Franchising Systems

Janitorial services

Initial Investment: $9K - $182K

# 298
ColorTyme

ColorTyme

Rent-to-own electronics/furniture/appliances

Initial Investment: $450K - $698K

# 299
Maid Brigade

Maid Brigade

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $85K - $124K

# 300
Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Carpet, upholstery, air-duct & dryer-vent cleaning; garage solutions

Initial Investment: $11K - $192K

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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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