2011 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
# 451
Massage Heights

Massage Heights

Therapeutic massage services and products

Initial Investment: $360K - $637K

# 452
Happy Joe's

Happy Joe's

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $310K - $1M

# 453
Lenny's Sub Shop

Lenny's Sub Shop

Subs, philly cheesesteaks, salads

Initial Investment: $140K - $355K

# 454
Pizza Fusion

Pizza Fusion

Organic pizza, sandwiches, salads

Initial Investment: $328K - $571K

# 455
Zips Dry Cleaners

Zips Dry Cleaners

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $769K - $1M

# 456
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Lease-to-own and retail wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 457
Kidville

Kidville

Enrichment classes, parties and products

Initial Investment: $300K - $450K

# 458
Handle With Care Packaging Store

Handle With Care Packaging Store

Packing, crating and shipping of fragile, large, awkward and valuable items

Initial Investment: $97K - $173K

# 459
ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

Swimming pool maintenance, repairs and renovations

Initial Investment: $65K - $88K

# 460
Decor&You

Decor&You

Decorating services and products

Initial Investment: $50K - $344K

# 461
A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

Concrete leveling and repairs

Initial Investment: $111K - $141K

# 462
PortraitEFX Photography Franchise

PortraitEFX Photography Franchise

Photography

Initial Investment: $32K - $49K

# 463
Port Of Subs

Port Of Subs

Submarine sandwiches

Initial Investment: $169K - $300K

# 464
Fiesta Auto Insurance and Tax

Fiesta Auto Insurance and Tax

Insurance and tax-preparation services

Initial Investment: $50K - $107K

# 465
Precision Door Service

Precision Door Service

Garage-door repairs and installation

Initial Investment: $68K - $512K

# 466
Great Wraps Grill

Great Wraps Grill

Hot wrapped sandwiches, paninis, rice bowls, salads, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $486K

# 467
Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, baked potatoes

Initial Investment: $147K - $439K

# 468
Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Smoothies, juices, healthful snacks

Initial Investment: $229K - $340K

# 469
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations

Kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $99K - $351K

# 470
Mountain Mudd Espresso

Mountain Mudd Espresso

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $23K - $266K

# 471
Monkey Joe's Parties & Play

Monkey Joe's Parties & Play

Family entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $458K - $756K

# 472
CMIT Solutions Inc.

CMIT Solutions Inc.

IT and business services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $126K - $174K

# 473
Express Oil Change

Express Oil Change

Oil changes, brakes, tire services, tune-ups

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $2.1M

# 474
Crestcom International

Crestcom International

Training Programs

Initial Investment: $85K - $102K

# 475
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $276K - $12.1M

# 476
United States Seamless Inc.

United States Seamless Inc.

Seamless steel siding, gutters, accessories

Initial Investment: $52K - $111K

# 477
AtWork Group

AtWork Group

Temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire staffing

Initial Investment: $100K - $175K

# 478
LearningRx

LearningRx

Learning enhancement, cognitive training, reading training

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 479
Rapid Refill

Rapid Refill

Ink, toner, printers, related products

Initial Investment: $106K - $162K

# 480
Computer Medics of America Inc.

Computer Medics of America Inc.

Mobile computer-repair services

Initial Investment: $10K - $60K

# 481
FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

Enrichment education

Initial Investment: $48K - $204K

# 482
HomeWell Senior Care

HomeWell Senior Care

Home care

Initial Investment: $60K - $120K

# 483
GarageTek Inc.

GarageTek Inc.

Garage organization systems

Initial Investment: $89K - $115K

# 484
Kitchen Solvers

Kitchen Solvers

Kitchen and bath remodeling and design

Initial Investment: $54K - $97K

# 485
Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $83K - $169K

# 486
Beauty Supply Outlet

Beauty Supply Outlet

Hair & beauty products; salon services

Initial Investment: $229K - $291K

# 487
Apricot Lane

Apricot Lane

Women's clothing, accessories, gifts

Initial Investment: $131K - $410K

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# 488
Milex Complete Auto Care

Milex Complete Auto Care

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $168K - $252K

# 489
Closet Factory

Closet Factory

Custom closet and storage systems

Initial Investment: $183K - $310K

# 490
Hoodz

Hoodz

Commercial kitchen-exhaust cleaning

Initial Investment: $101K - $169K

# 491
Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $4.8M

# 492
Cartex Limited

Cartex Limited

Leather, vinyl, plastic & cloth repair

Initial Investment: $40K - $91K

# 493
Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $169K - $654K

# 494
Music Go Round

Music Go Round

New and used musical instruments and sound equipment

Initial Investment: $259K - $333K

# 495
Sparkle Wash

Sparkle Wash

Professional pressure washing, restoration and preservation services

Initial Investment: $35K - $118K

# 496
Five Star Painting

Five Star Painting

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $55K - $129K

# 497
Jet-Black Franchise Group

Jet-Black Franchise Group

Asphalt maintenance

Initial Investment: $43K - $104K

# 498
UFC Gym

UFC Gym

Fitness, boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes

Initial Investment: $390K - $891K

# 499
Window Genie

Window Genie

Residential window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing

Initial Investment: $90K - $139K

# 500
Kwik Kopy Business Centers Inc.

Kwik Kopy Business Centers Inc.

Printing, copying, marketing solutions

Initial Investment: $219K - $246K

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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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