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.

Understanding the Ranking Franchise Buying Guide More Franchise Articles

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 101
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

In-home tutoring

Initial Investment: $33K - $57K

Request More Info
# 102
Qdoba Mexican Grill

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Mexican Food

Initial Investment: $623K - $815K

# 103
Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision

Eye care and eyewear

Initial Investment: $410K - $614K

# 104
Wingstop Restaurants Inc.

Wingstop Restaurants Inc.

Chicken wings

Initial Investment: $192K - $688K

# 105
Expense Reduction Analysts Inc.

Expense Reduction Analysts Inc.

Cost-management consulting

Initial Investment: $66K - $86K

# 106
Spherion Staffing

Spherion Staffing

Staffing, recruiting

Initial Investment: $100K - $168K

# 107
Padgett Business Services

Padgett Business Services

Financial, payroll, consulting and tax services

Initial Investment: $100K - $100K

# 108
EmbroidMe

EmbroidMe

Embroidery, screen printing, promotional products

Initial Investment: $94K - $256K

# 109
Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym

Health and fitness centers

Initial Investment: $1M - $4M

# 110
Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $64K - $105K

Request More Info
# 111
Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Newsstand and sundry store

Initial Investment: $56K - $502K

# 112
Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $162K - $8.7M

# 113
Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs

Subs

Initial Investment: $129K - $1.2M

# 114
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Tutoring and test prep

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

Request More Info
# 115
Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

In-home dog training

Initial Investment: $51K - $97K

# 116
Charleys Philly Steaks

Charleys Philly Steaks

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, lemonade

Initial Investment: $153K - $450K

# 117
Batteries Plus Bulbs

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Batteries, light bulbs, related products

Initial Investment: $215K - $389K

Request More Info
# 118
Fitness Together

Fitness Together

Personal fitness training

Initial Investment: $141K - $254K

# 119
Express Tax

Express Tax

Tax preparation & electronic filing

Initial Investment: $16K - $48K

# 120
Ramada Worldwide

Ramada Worldwide

Hotels

Initial Investment: $196K - $13.1M

# 121
Goddard Systems Inc.

Goddard Systems Inc.

Preschool/educational child care

Initial Investment: $707K - $751K

Request More Info
# 122
OpenWorks

OpenWorks

Commercial cleaning, facility services

Initial Investment: $17K - $124K

# 123
Moe's Southwest Grill

Moe's Southwest Grill

Southwestern food

Initial Investment: $369K - $916K

# 124
Bojangles' Restaurants Inc.

Bojangles' Restaurants Inc.

Cajun chicken, biscuits, iced tea

Initial Investment: $357K - $559K

# 125
Eye Level Learning Centers

Eye Level Learning Centers

Supplemental education

Initial Investment: $76K - $139K

Request More Info
# 126
Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Upscale hotels and resorts

Initial Investment: $56M - $97.1M

# 127
American Leak Detection

American Leak Detection

Concealed water, gas and sewer leak-detection

Initial Investment: $77K - $260K

# 128
Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Home maintenance and repairs

Initial Investment: $103K - $132K

# 129
Pretzelmaker

Pretzelmaker

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $155K - $238K

# 130
HouseMaster

HouseMaster

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $61K - $108K

# 131
ERA Franchise Systems LLC

ERA Franchise Systems LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $48K - $210K

# 132
Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Car Care Centers

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $200K - $466K

# 133
Huddle House

Huddle House

Family-style diner

Initial Investment: $620K - $1.4M

# 134
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 135
Knights Inn

Knights Inn

Hotels

Initial Investment: $109K - $7.4M

# 136
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Chocolates, confections

Initial Investment: $116K - $499K

# 137
Athlete's Foot, The

Athlete's Foot, The

Athletic footwear & related sports accessories

Initial Investment: $210K - $495K

# 138
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $4.5M - $6.9M

# 139
Mr. Rooter

Mr. Rooter

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Initial Investment: $74K - $187K

# 140
El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

Flame-grilled chicken meals & Mexican entrees

Initial Investment: $428K - $802K

# 141
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Development/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 142
American Poolplayers Association

American Poolplayers Association

Recreational billiard league

Initial Investment: $17K - $20K

# 143
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Plumbing service, repair, maintenance

Initial Investment: $82K - $414K

# 144
Wireless Zone

Wireless Zone

Wireless-communications store

Initial Investment: $127K - $393K

# 145
Cartridge World

Cartridge World

Ink and toner cartridges, printers, printer services and supplies

Initial Investment: $69K - $151K

# 146
Steamatic Inc.

Steamatic Inc.

Insurance/disaster restoration, cleaning, mold remediation

Initial Investment: $137K - $162K

# 147
Jersey Mike's Subs

Jersey Mike's Subs

Subs

Initial Investment: $203K - $681K

# 148
PuroClean

PuroClean

Property damage restoration and remediation

Initial Investment: $142K - $164K

# 149
Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

Carpet and upholstery cleaning

Initial Investment: $104K - $250K

# 150
Realty World Inc.

Realty World Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $16K - $227K

For reprints and licensing questions, click here.

Promoted Opportunities

Free Franchise Consultation

Free Franchise Consultation

We've helped over 5,000 people find the right franchise. Get a FREE consultation and find out how you can be next.

Start Now

Fund Your Franchise with Guidant

Guidant Financal Learn how to invest your IRA or 401k into a franchise. ($50k min)
Today's Most Read

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.

More Franchise Rankings

Top Low-Cost Franchises

87 franchises for under $50,000

Top Homebased/Mobile Franchises

These 100 businesses can be managed from home

Fastest-Growing Franchises

These companies have shown rapid unit expansion over the last two years

Top New Franchises

The top 75 companies that began franchising in the last five years

Top Global Franchises

200 North American franchisors seeking international franchisees

For reprints and licensing questions, click here.

Previous Years Rankings

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012