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
# 151
Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $46K - $56K

# 152
Baymont Inn & Suites

Baymont Inn & Suites

Hotels

Initial Investment: $172K - $6.4M

# 153
Plato's Closet

Plato's Closet

Teen- and young-adult-clothing resale store

Initial Investment: $231K - $398K

# 154
Homes & Land

Homes & Land

Real-estate marketing magazine

Initial Investment: $47K - $127K

# 155
Goin' Postal

Goin' Postal

Retail shipping and business services

Initial Investment: $47K - $112K

# 156
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Upscale extended-stay hotels

Initial Investment: $9.9M - $20.5M

# 157
Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness

Fitness clubs

Initial Investment: $728K - $3.8M

# 158
Maid To Perfection

Maid To Perfection

Residential & light commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $57K - $63K

# 159
TacoTime

TacoTime

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $201K - $818K

# 160
Pita Pit Inc.

Pita Pit Inc.

Pita sandwiches

Initial Investment: $166K - $323K

# 161
Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $2K - $52K

# 162
Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

On-site children's fitness program

Initial Investment: $30K - $30K

# 163
Travelodge

Travelodge

Hotels

Initial Investment: $173K - $7.5M

# 164
First Choice Haircutters

First Choice Haircutters

Family hair salon

Initial Investment: $182K - $274K

# 165
PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

Packing, shipping, printing, signs, marketing solutions

Initial Investment: $170K - $212K

# 166
Once Upon A Child

Once Upon A Child

New and used children's clothing, equipment, furniture, toys

Initial Investment: $245K - $377K

# 167
Wetzel's Pretzels

Wetzel's Pretzels

Soft pretzels, lemonade, hot dogs

Initial Investment: $157K - $371K

# 168
Fox's Pizza Den

Fox's Pizza Den

Pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $111K - $210K

# 169
Colors On Parade

Colors On Parade

Mobile auto paint and dent repair

Initial Investment: $34K - $441K

# 170
Labor Finders

Labor Finders

Industrial staffing

Initial Investment: $120K - $207K

# 171
One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

Residential HVAC service/replacement

Initial Investment: $74K - $541K

# 172
Entrepreneur's Source, The

Entrepreneur's Source, The

Franchise/business coaching and development services

Initial Investment: $67K - $75K

# 173
Nathan's Famous Inc.

Nathan's Famous Inc.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, seafood, chicken, cheesesteaks

Initial Investment: $276K - $1.1M

# 174
Aire Serv LLC

Aire Serv LLC

HVAC services

Initial Investment: $80K - $204K

# 175
Palm Beach Tan

Palm Beach Tan

Tanning

Initial Investment: $503K - $810K

# 176
Mathnasium Learning Centers

Mathnasium Learning Centers

Math tutoring

Initial Investment: $91K - $138K

# 177
Re-Bath LLC

Re-Bath LLC

Bathroom and kitchen remodeling

Initial Investment: $81K - $353K

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# 178
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 179
Right at Home Inc.

Right at Home Inc.

Home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $78K - $132K

# 180
Primrose School Franchising Co.

Primrose School Franchising Co.

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $659K - $5.5M

# 181
Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads

Initial Investment: $196K - $427K

# 182
Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

Fish Window Cleaning Services Inc.

Window cleaning

Initial Investment: $78K - $140K

# 183
Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs

Grilled subs

Initial Investment: $269K - $535K

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# 184
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

# 185
Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Family sports restaurant

Initial Investment: $257K - $867K

# 186
Fast-teks On-site Computer Services

Fast-teks On-site Computer Services

On-site computer-repair services

Initial Investment: $36K - $62K

# 187
Maid Brigade

Maid Brigade

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $85K - $124K

# 188
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 189
Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Children's safety products and services

Initial Investment: $34K - $44K

# 190
Senior Helpers

Senior Helpers

Personal, companion and Alzheimer's home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $117K

# 191
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 192
Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton

Upscale hotels and resorts

Initial Investment: $35.5M - $62.4M

# 193
Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Bread bakery

Initial Investment: $118K - $623K

# 194
Homewatch CareGivers

Homewatch CareGivers

Home care, nursing-care coordination, memory care

Initial Investment: $83K - $138K

# 195
Window Gang

Window Gang

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

Initial Investment: $34K - $81K

# 196
Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Printing, marketing and mail services

Initial Investment: $162K - $593K

# 197
Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Moving services

Initial Investment: $178K - $556K

# 198
Cost Cutters Family Hair Care

Cost Cutters Family Hair Care

Family hair salon

Initial Investment: $140K - $287K

# 199
Tuffy Associates Corp.

Tuffy Associates Corp.

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $229K - $419K

# 200
Marco's Franchising LLC

Marco's Franchising LLC

Pizza, subs, wings, cheese bread

Initial Investment: $222K - $547K

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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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