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
# 351
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 352
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 353
Magicuts

Magicuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $138K - $205K

# 354
Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Movement/educational programs

Initial Investment: $15K - $46K

# 355
Culver Franchising System Inc.

Culver Franchising System Inc.

Frozen custard, specialty burgers

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $3.7M

# 356
Tailored Living

Tailored Living

Home organization products and services

Initial Investment: $111K - $249K

# 357
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $100K

# 358
United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing

Check cashing and other financial services

Initial Investment: $226K - $297K

# 359
Handyman Connection

Handyman Connection

Home repairs, remodeling

Initial Investment: $103K - $159K

# 360
Daily Grind Unwind Coffee House & Cafe

Daily Grind Unwind Coffee House & Cafe

Coffeehouse & cafe

Initial Investment: $157K - $458K

# 361
Tax Centers of America

Tax Centers of America

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $20K - $64K

# 362
Snelling Staffing Services

Snelling Staffing Services

Staffing services

Initial Investment: $105K - $184K

# 363
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Kitchen, bath and interior remodeling

Initial Investment: $95K - $258K

# 364
Accessible Home Health Care

Accessible Home Health Care

Medical & nonmedical home care & staffing

Initial Investment: $94K - $123K

# 365
Four Seasons Sunrooms

Four Seasons Sunrooms

Sunrooms, patio rooms, conservatories

Initial Investment: $80K - $185K

# 366
HomeVestors of America Inc.

HomeVestors of America Inc.

Home buying, repair and selling

Initial Investment: $42K - $347K

# 367
Dunn Bros Coffee

Dunn Bros Coffee

Coffee

Initial Investment: $188K - $556K

# 368
EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

Motorcycle, scooter, ATV & watercraft rentals & tours

Initial Investment: $49K - $179K

# 369
Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies

Initial Investment: $273K - $397K

# 370
1-800-Got-Junk?

1-800-Got-Junk?

Junk removal

Initial Investment: $127K - $159K

# 371
Dentist's Choice, The

Dentist's Choice, The

Dental-handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $54K - $59K

# 372
Donatos Pizza

Donatos Pizza

Pizza, subs, salads

Initial Investment: $461K - $667K

# 373
Woodcraft Franchise LLC

Woodcraft Franchise LLC

Woodworking supply specialty store

Initial Investment: $505K - $650K

# 374
Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Pizza, take-and-bake pizza

Initial Investment: $123K - $398K

# 375
Screenmobile, The

Screenmobile, The

Mobile window and door screening

Initial Investment: $84K - $119K

# 376
Wireless Toyz

Wireless Toyz

Wireless devices & satellite TV services

Initial Investment: $215K - $693K

# 377
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations

Kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $99K - $351K

# 378
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Pizza, subs, pasta

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

# 379
Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Sports Restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

# 380
Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $169K - $654K

# 381
Curves

Curves

Women's fitness & weight-loss center

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 382
Gatti's Pizza

Gatti's Pizza

Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $200K - $4.8M

# 383
Planet Beach Franchising Corporation

Planet Beach Franchising Corporation

Spray tanning, spa services

Initial Investment: $177K - $351K

# 384
Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

Grilled sandwiches, burgers, baked potatoes, salads, fries

Initial Investment: $218K - $620K

# 385
Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom

Pizza, calzones, hoagies, salads

Initial Investment: $927K - $3.1M

# 386
MonitorClosely.com

MonitorClosely.com

Digital surveillance systems

Initial Investment: $45K - $60K

# 387
Mister Sparky

Mister Sparky

Residential electrical maintenance, repair and replacement services

Initial Investment: $67K - $473K

# 388
Salad Creations LLC

Salad Creations LLC

Salads, wraps, soups

Initial Investment: $160K - $446K

# 389
Tan Company, The

Tan Company, The

Tanning services, skincare and beauty products

Initial Investment: $393K - $740K

# 390
Weed Man

Weed Man

Lawn care

Initial Investment: $68K - $86K

# 391
Tanworld

Tanworld

Tanning services, lotions & skin-care products

Initial Investment: $323K - $564K

# 392
Geeks On Call

Geeks On Call

On-site computer support

Initial Investment: $37K - $82K

# 393
FocalPoint Coaching Inc.

FocalPoint Coaching Inc.

Business coaching and consulting

Initial Investment: $72K - $119K

# 394
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition products, weight-loss consulting, athletic apparel

Initial Investment: $131K - $281K

# 395
Spicy Pickle

Spicy Pickle

Panini, salads, subs, soups, pizzetti

Initial Investment: $273K - $516K

# 396
Farmer Boys

Farmer Boys

Burgers and breakfast

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.2M

# 397
Port Of Subs

Port Of Subs

Submarine sandwiches

Initial Investment: $169K - $300K

# 398
Griswold Home Care

Griswold Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $99K - $121K

# 399
College Hunks Hauling Junk/College Hunks Moving

College Hunks Hauling Junk/College Hunks Moving

Junk removal, moving and labor services

Initial Investment: $95K - $208K

# 400
Facelogic

Facelogic

Skin care services

Initial Investment: $213K - $356K

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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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