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
# 251
Decorating Den Interiors

Decorating Den Interiors

Interior decorating services and products

Initial Investment: $56K - $80K

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# 252
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Batteries

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 253
Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing

Initial Investment: $27K - $88K

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# 254
RedBrick Pizza

RedBrick Pizza

Pizza, pasta, sandwichs, salads, gelato

Initial Investment: $197K - $571K

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# 255
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Lease-to-own and retail wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 256
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Kitchen and bathroom surface refinishing

Initial Investment: $75K - $120K

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# 257
Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $83K - $169K

# 258
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab

HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab

Chiropractic, rehab, nutrition and wellness services

Initial Investment: $58K - $249K

# 259
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Paint-your-own-ceramics studio

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 260
Oreck Clean Home Center

Oreck Clean Home Center

Vacuum cleaners, air purifiers & related home care products

Initial Investment: $85K - $221K

# 261
Furniture Medic

Furniture Medic

Furniture and wood restoration, repair and refinishing

Initial Investment: $55K - $74K

# 262
Yogen Fruz

Yogen Fruz

Frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream

Initial Investment: $136K - $472K

# 263
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Initial Investment: $195K - $489K

# 264
Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $414K - $3.6M

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# 265
City Publications

City Publications

Publication for affluent homeowners

Initial Investment: $93K - $268K

# 266
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 267
ComForCare Home Care

ComForCare Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $156K

# 268
RSVP Publications

RSVP Publications

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $45K - $176K

# 269
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 270
Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Movement/educational programs

Initial Investment: $15K - $46K

# 271
Critter Control Inc.

Critter Control Inc.

Wildlife management, pest control

Initial Investment: $23K - $90K

# 272
Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Ad agency specializing in outdoor media

Initial Investment: $44K - $69K

# 273
Rapid Refill

Rapid Refill

Ink, toner, printers, related products

Initial Investment: $106K - $162K

# 274
Screenmobile, The

Screenmobile, The

Mobile window and door screening

Initial Investment: $84K - $119K

# 275
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Chocolate, fudge, ice cream

Initial Investment: $352K - $622K

# 276
Alternative Board (TAB), The

Alternative Board (TAB), The

Peer advisory boards, business coaching

Initial Investment: $41K - $92K

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# 277
Planet Smoothie

Planet Smoothie

Smoothies & snacks

Initial Investment: $177K - $368K

# 278
Interface Financial Corp.

Interface Financial Corp.

Invoice discounting

Initial Investment: $91K - $142K

# 279
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $100K

# 280
Carvel

Carvel

Ice cream, ice-cream cakes

Initial Investment: $250K - $383K

# 281
MaggieMoo's

MaggieMoo's

Ice cream, smoothies, cakes

Initial Investment: $226K - $355K

# 282
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations

Kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $99K - $351K

# 283
Tax Centers of America

Tax Centers of America

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $20K - $64K

# 284
Chester's

Chester's

Chicken

Initial Investment: $21K - $303K

# 285
Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $229K - $279K

# 286
Postal Annex+

Postal Annex+

Packing, shipping, postal and business services

Initial Investment: $139K - $205K

# 287
Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid

Children's identification and safety products and services

Initial Investment: $21K - $39K

# 288
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Pizza, subs, pasta

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

# 289
A & W Restaurants Inc.

A & W Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, hot dogs, root beer

Initial Investment: $912K - $1.6M

# 290
Leadership Management Inc.

Leadership Management Inc.

Leadership, organization, training, development

Initial Investment: $20K - $28K

# 291
Dunn Bros Coffee

Dunn Bros Coffee

Coffee

Initial Investment: $188K - $556K

# 292
Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Pizza, take-and-bake pizza

Initial Investment: $123K - $398K

# 293
Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Home furnishings

Initial Investment: $539K - $2M

# 294
Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies

Cookies

Initial Investment: $183K - $317K

# 295
Saladworks

Saladworks

Salads, soups, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $494K - $533K

# 296
Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals

Recreational rentals

Initial Investment: $46K - $230K

# 297
Port Of Subs

Port Of Subs

Submarine sandwiches

Initial Investment: $169K - $300K

# 298
Donatos Pizza

Donatos Pizza

Pizza, subs, salads

Initial Investment: $461K - $667K

# 299
LearningRx

LearningRx

Learning enhancement, cognitive training, reading training

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 300
Griswold Home Care

Griswold Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $99K - $121K

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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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