2010 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
# 51
Snap Fitness Inc.

Snap Fitness Inc.

24-hour fitness centers

Initial Investment: $110K - $286K

# 52
Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Burgers

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $1.9M

# 53
Minuteman Press Int'l. Inc.

Minuteman Press Int'l. Inc.

Printing, graphics and mailing center

Initial Investment: $64K - $185K

# 54
Coffee News

Coffee News

Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants

Initial Investment: $10K - $11K

# 55
AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

Transmission repair and car care

Initial Investment: $227K - $333K

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# 56
WSI Digital Marketing

WSI Digital Marketing

Internet services

Initial Investment: $64K - $172K

# 57
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Ice cream, burgers, chicken

Initial Investment: $356K - $1.8M

# 58
System4

System4

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $6K - $38K

# 59
Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care

Initial Investment: $30K - $143K

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# 60
Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Realty

Real Estate

Initial Investment: $175K - $328K

# 61
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Gourmet sandwiches

Initial Investment: $323K - $544K

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# 62
Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $23K

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# 63
Home Helpers/Direct Link

Home Helpers/Direct Link

Medical/nonmedical personal care

Initial Investment: $68K - $127K

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# 64
Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care

Nonmedical senior care

Initial Investment: $102K - $118K

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# 65
ActionCoach

ActionCoach

Business coaching

Initial Investment: $69K - $477K

# 66
Signarama

Signarama

Signs

Initial Investment: $97K - $248K

# 67
Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers

Home care

Initial Investment: $83K - $114K

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# 68
GNC Franchising

GNC Franchising

Vitamins and nutrition products

Initial Investment: $191K - $322K

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# 69
Sport Clips

Sport Clips

Men's sports-theme hair salon

Initial Investment: $168K - $327K

# 70
Long John Silver's Restaurants Inc.

Long John Silver's Restaurants Inc.

Fish & chicken

Initial Investment: $833K - $1.4M

# 71
MRINetwork

MRINetwork

Permanent placement and contract staffing

Initial Investment: $61K - $86K

# 72
Proforma

Proforma

Printing and promotional products

Initial Investment: $5K - $50K

# 73
CiCi's Pizza

CiCi's Pizza

All-you-can-eat pizza buffet

Initial Investment: $489K - $758K

# 74
Orion Food Systems LLC

Orion Food Systems LLC

Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets

Initial Investment: $59K - $134K

# 75
Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals

Staffing, HR solutions

Initial Investment: $120K - $196K

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# 76
Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, fries

Initial Investment: $155K - $1.3M

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# 77
Budget Blinds Inc.

Budget Blinds Inc.

Window coverings, window film, rugs, accessories

Initial Investment: $89K - $187K

# 78
United Country Real Estate

United Country Real Estate

Real-estate, auction and marketing services

Initial Investment: $16K - $27K

# 79
CleanNet USA Inc.

CleanNet USA Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $10K - $98K

# 80
Smoothie King

Smoothie King

Smoothies, health products

Initial Investment: $181K - $423K

# 81
Molly Maid

Molly Maid

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $86K - $131K

# 82
Rita's Italian Ice

Rita's Italian Ice

Italian ice, frozen custard

Initial Investment: $141K - $414K

# 83
Choice Hotels Int'l.

Choice Hotels Int'l.

Hotels

Initial Investment: $88K - $13.2M

# 84
RE/MAX LLC

RE/MAX LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $38K - $280K

# 85
FastSigns Int'l. Inc.

FastSigns Int'l. Inc.

Signs, graphics

Initial Investment: $169K - $309K

# 86
Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo wings, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $3.6M

# 87
Rooter-Man

Rooter-Man

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Initial Investment: $47K - $138K

# 88
Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa

Therapeutic massage and facial services

Initial Investment: $414K - $961K

# 89
Novus Glass

Novus Glass

Auto glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $47K - $229K

# 90
CruiseOne

CruiseOne

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $3K - $22K

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# 91
Lawn Doctor

Lawn Doctor

Lawn, tree and shrub care; mosquito and tick control

Initial Investment: $82K - $100K

# 92
Cinnabon

Cinnabon

Cinnamon rolls, baked goods, coffee

Initial Investment: $181K - $388K

# 93
CertaPro Painters Ltd.

CertaPro Painters Ltd.

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $130K - $163K

# 94
Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

Family steakhouse, buffet and bakery

Initial Investment: $2M - $5.5M

# 95
Maaco Franchising Inc.

Maaco Franchising Inc.

Auto painting and collision repair

Initial Investment: $375K - $487K

# 96
Heaven's Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Heaven's Best Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet and upholstery cleaning

Initial Investment: $55K - $84K

# 97
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.6M - $7.9M

# 98
Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, smoothies

Initial Investment: $156K - $486K

# 99
Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Upscale midprice hotels

Initial Investment: $11.7M - $22.3M

# 100
Great Clips

Great Clips

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $122K - $233K

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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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