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
# 301
Scooter's Coffee

Scooter's Coffee

Specialty coffee, smoothies, pastries

Initial Investment: $273K - $394K

# 302
zpizza

zpizza

Pizza, sandwiches, salads, calzones

Initial Investment: $249K - $359K

# 303
Image Sun Tanning Centers

Image Sun Tanning Centers

Indoor tanning salon

Initial Investment: $195K - $867K

# 304
Passport Health Inc.

Passport Health Inc.

Immunization/vaccination & counseling for international travelers

Initial Investment: $74K - $102K

# 305
Magicuts

Magicuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $138K - $205K

# 306
Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited

Bird-feeding supplies and nature gift items

Initial Investment: $123K - $192K

# 307
Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Restroom deodorizing services

Initial Investment: $10K - $25K

# 308
Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus

Retail pet supplies and services

Initial Investment: $549K - $1.1M

# 309
EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

Motorcycle, scooter, ATV & watercraft rentals & tours

Initial Investment: $49K - $179K

# 310
Farmer Boys

Farmer Boys

Burgers and breakfast

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.2M

# 311
Gymboree Play & Music

Gymboree Play & Music

Parent/child play and learning programs

Initial Investment: $120K - $277K

# 312
1-800-Water Damage

1-800-Water Damage

Restoration services

Initial Investment: $105K - $141K

# 313
MTOclean Inc.

MTOclean Inc.

Residential, commercial & carpet cleaning, pressure washing

Initial Investment: $17K - $87K

# 314
Friendly Computers

Friendly Computers

Computer and smartphone repairs, services and sales

Initial Investment: $51K - $144K

# 315
Property Damage Appraisers

Property Damage Appraisers

Commercial and residential property management

Initial Investment: $22K - $49K

# 316
Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $52K - $79K

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# 317
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 318
Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $169K - $654K

# 319
Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $446K - $675K

# 320
Tan Company, The

Tan Company, The

Tanning services, skincare and beauty products

Initial Investment: $393K - $740K

# 321
Closets By Design Franchising

Closets By Design Franchising

Custom closet and home/office organization systems

Initial Investment: $126K - $297K

# 322
Tanworld

Tanworld

Tanning services, lotions & skin-care products

Initial Investment: $323K - $564K

# 323
ColorTyme

ColorTyme

Rent-to-own electronics/furniture/appliances

Initial Investment: $450K - $698K

# 324
Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hotels

Initial Investment: $134K - $2.6M

# 325
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Auto repair and maintenance, tires, engine diagnostics

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 326
Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Sports Restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

# 327
Golden Chick

Golden Chick

Chicken

Initial Investment: $759K - $1.7M

# 328
Pressed4Time Inc.

Pressed4Time Inc.

Dry-cleaning pickup & delivery, shoe repair

Initial Investment: $36K - $45K

# 329
Amramp

Amramp

Wheelchair ramp rentals and sales

Initial Investment: $133K - $215K

# 330
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $484K - $684K

# 331
AlphaGraphics

AlphaGraphics

Digital publishing, internet services, printing, marketing and communications

Initial Investment: $258K - $396K

# 332
Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Gelato, pastries, beverages

Initial Investment: $84K - $137K

# 333
Aussie Pet Mobile

Aussie Pet Mobile

Mobile pet grooming

Initial Investment: $137K - $146K

# 334
Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops

Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops

Auto repair, maintenance and tires

Initial Investment: $251K - $408K

# 335
Salad Creations LLC

Salad Creations LLC

Salads, wraps, soups

Initial Investment: $160K - $446K

# 336
Educational Outfitters

Educational Outfitters

School, business & team uniforms

Initial Investment: $93K - $202K

# 337
Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters

Technology consulting and services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $32K - $48K

# 338
Crye-Leike Franchises Inc.

Crye-Leike Franchises Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $59K - $160K

# 339
Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

After-school drama classes and summer camps

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

# 340
Spicy Pickle

Spicy Pickle

Panini, salads, subs, soups, pizzetti

Initial Investment: $273K - $516K

# 341
AtWork Medical Services

AtWork Medical Services

Temporary & full-time medical staffing services

Initial Investment: $68K - $112K

# 342
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $33K - $43K

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# 343
AdviCoach

AdviCoach

Business coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 344
Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Business and franchise brokerage, commercial real estate

Initial Investment: $54K - $114K

# 345
Apricot Lane

Apricot Lane

Women's clothing, accessories, gifts

Initial Investment: $131K - $410K

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# 346
Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle

Art-education programs

Initial Investment: $38K - $80K

# 347
Cartex Limited

Cartex Limited

Leather, vinyl, plastic & cloth repair

Initial Investment: $40K - $91K

# 348
City Wide Maintenance

City Wide Maintenance

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $102K - $197K

# 349
Grout Medic, The

Grout Medic, The

Grout and tile maintenance, restoration

Initial Investment: $21K - $56K

# 350
Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $45K - $421K

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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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