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
# 351
Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Build-your-own Asian stir-fry restaurant

Initial Investment: $347K - $974K

# 352
Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid

New and used children's and maternity clothing and products

Initial Investment: $249K - $373K

# 353
Bandana's Bar-B-Q

Bandana's Bar-B-Q

Barbecue restaurant

Initial Investment: $380K - $1.1M

# 354
Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods

Initial Investment: $238K - $372K

# 355
Vapiano

Vapiano

Pizza & pasta

Initial Investment: $869K - $1.6M

# 356
Duct Doctor USA Inc.

Duct Doctor USA Inc.

Residential and commercial air-duct cleaning

Initial Investment: $41K - $137K

# 357
Surface Specialists

Surface Specialists

Bathtub repair and refinishing, tub liners, bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $43K - $56K

# 358
Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout, tile and stone maintenance

Initial Investment: $20K - $33K

# 359
National Property Inspections, Inc.

National Property Inspections, Inc.

Home and commercial property inspections

Initial Investment: $43K - $47K

# 360
InXpress

InXpress

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $55K - $160K

# 361
Link Staffing Services

Link Staffing Services

Staffing, human resourece solutions

Initial Investment: $100K - $174K

# 362
TSS Photography

TSS Photography

Youth sports, school and event photography

Initial Investment: $36K - $74K

# 363
Precision Concrete Cutting

Precision Concrete Cutting

Uneven-sidewalk repair

Initial Investment: $150K - $177K

# 364
Fastframe USA Inc.

Fastframe USA Inc.

Custom picture framing & art sales

Initial Investment: $106K - $150K

# 365
Whole Child Learning Co., The

Whole Child Learning Co., The

Enrichment and tutoring programs

Initial Investment: $33K - $39K

# 366
AIM Mail Centers

AIM Mail Centers

Packing, shipping, postal and business services

Initial Investment: $139K - $205K

# 367
Referral Institute LLC

Referral Institute LLC

Referral training, coaching, consulting

Initial Investment: $28K - $31K

# 368
Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club

Membership boat club

Initial Investment: $144K - $179K

# 369
Original Basket Boutique, The

Original Basket Boutique, The

Gifts, gift baskets, corporate gifts

Initial Investment: $48K - $59K

# 370
DoodyCalls

DoodyCalls

Pet-waste removal

Initial Investment: $36K - $53K

# 371
Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Child care

Initial Investment: $634K - $4M

# 372
Signs Now

Signs Now

Signs, graphics

Initial Investment: $187K - $351K

# 373
Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $193K - $506K

# 374
Interior Magic Int'l.

Interior Magic Int'l.

Auto appearance reconditioning

Initial Investment: $33K - $100K

# 375
Ziebart

Ziebart

Auto appearance and protection services

Initial Investment: $172K - $331K

# 376
DigiKids

DigiKids

Children's identification program

Initial Investment: $32K - $40K

# 377
HomeWell Senior Care

HomeWell Senior Care

Home care

Initial Investment: $60K - $120K

# 378
JumpBunch Inc.

JumpBunch Inc.

Mobile children's sports and fitness programs

Initial Investment: $40K - $74K

# 379
Pets Are Inn

Pets Are Inn

Pet care in private homes

Initial Investment: $60K - $85K

# 380
Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $120K - $265K

# 381
Colbert/Ball Tax Service

Colbert/Ball Tax Service

Tax preparation & electronic filing

Initial Investment: $33K - $51K

# 382
Christmas Decor Inc.

Christmas Decor Inc.

Holiday & event decorating services

Initial Investment: $13K - $35K

# 383
Planet Beach Franchising Corporation

Planet Beach Franchising Corporation

Spray tanning, spa services

Initial Investment: $177K - $351K

# 384
Pigtails & Crewcuts

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Children's hair salon

Initial Investment: $94K - $168K

# 385
Froots

Froots

Smoothies, juices, wraps, paninis, salads, soups

Initial Investment: $88K - $317K

# 386
HuHot Mongolian Grills

HuHot Mongolian Grills

Mongolian grill restaurant

Initial Investment: $777K - $977K

# 387
Complete Weddings + Events

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

Initial Investment: $30K - $49K

# 388
Native New Yorker Franchising LLC

Native New Yorker Franchising LLC

Restaurant and sports bar

Initial Investment: $584K - $2.2M

# 389
Buck's Pizza

Buck's Pizza

Pizza, chicken, salads, pasta

Initial Investment: $165K - $345K

# 390
Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $661K - $1.4M

# 391
Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Carpet, upholstery, hardwood floor, tile and grout cleaning

Initial Investment: $39K - $67K

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# 392
Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor

Tutoring

Initial Investment: $66K - $104K

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# 393
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition products, weight-loss consulting, athletic apparel

Initial Investment: $131K - $281K

# 394
Bar-B-Cutie

Bar-B-Cutie

Barbecue restaurant

Initial Investment: $318K - $448K

# 395
My Friend's Place

My Friend's Place

Sandwiches, salads, desserts, catering

Initial Investment: $157K - $260K

# 396
Tutoring Club LLC

Tutoring Club LLC

Individualized instruction for K-12 students

Initial Investment: $26K - $127K

# 397
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 398
Mister Sparky

Mister Sparky

Residential electrical maintenance, repair and replacement services

Initial Investment: $67K - $473K

# 399
Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, baked potatoes

Initial Investment: $147K - $439K

# 400
Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $17K

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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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