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
# 151
Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton

Upscale hotels and resorts

Initial Investment: $35.5M - $62.4M

# 152
BrightStar Care

BrightStar Care

Medical/nonmedical home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $94K - $173K

# 153
Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Moving services

Initial Investment: $178K - $556K

# 154
Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $2K - $52K

# 155
Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Bread bakery

Initial Investment: $118K - $623K

# 156
Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Oil changes, preventive maintenance

Initial Investment: $164K - $320K

# 157
DKI

DKI

Insurance/disaster restoration

Initial Investment: $22K - $95K

# 158
Primrose School Franchising Co.

Primrose School Franchising Co.

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $659K - $5.5M

# 159
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Batteries

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 160
Sport Clips

Sport Clips

Men's sports-theme hair salon

Initial Investment: $168K - $327K

# 161
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 162
Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing

Initial Investment: $27K - $88K

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# 163
Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Newsstand and sundry store

Initial Investment: $56K - $502K

# 164
ComForCare Home Care

ComForCare Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $156K

# 165
Right at Home Inc.

Right at Home Inc.

Home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $78K - $132K

# 166
Fetch! Pet Care

Fetch! Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Initial Investment: $31K - $45K

# 167
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 168
Real Living Real Estate LLC

Real Living Real Estate LLC

Residential real estate

Initial Investment: $32K - $196K

# 169
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Upscale all-suite hotels

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 170
Paul Davis Restoration

Paul Davis Restoration

Insurance restoration

Initial Investment: $183K - $357K

# 171
PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

Packing, shipping, printing, signs, marketing solutions

Initial Investment: $170K - $212K

# 172
Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $162K - $8.7M

# 173
Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid

Children's identification and safety products and services

Initial Investment: $21K - $39K

# 174
Always Best Care Senior Services

Always Best Care Senior Services

Medical and nonmedical home care, assisted-living placement

Initial Investment: $62K - $111K

# 175
ActionCoach

ActionCoach

Business coaching

Initial Investment: $69K - $477K

# 176
Extreme Pita

Extreme Pita

Pita wrap sandwiches, pizzas, smoothies, salads

Initial Investment: $160K - $442K

# 177
Togo's Franchisor LLC

Togo's Franchisor LLC

Specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps

Initial Investment: $240K - $501K

# 178
Signarama

Signarama

Signs

Initial Investment: $97K - $248K

# 179
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 180
Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger's Bagels

Bagels, breads, sandwiches, soups, salads

Initial Investment: $390K - $592K

# 181
HouseMaster

HouseMaster

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $61K - $108K

# 182
Synergy HomeCare

Synergy HomeCare

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $59K - $148K

# 183
Homewatch CareGivers

Homewatch CareGivers

Home care, nursing-care coordination, memory care

Initial Investment: $83K - $138K

# 184
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Asian-American food

Initial Investment: $130K - $521K

# 185
Magicuts

Magicuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $138K - $205K

# 186
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 187
Tax Centers of America

Tax Centers of America

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $20K - $64K

# 188
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Initial Investment: $195K - $489K

# 189
Steamatic Inc.

Steamatic Inc.

Insurance/disaster restoration, cleaning, mold remediation

Initial Investment: $137K - $162K

# 190
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 191
Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Staffing

Initial Investment: $139K - $226K

# 192
Travelodge

Travelodge

Hotels

Initial Investment: $173K - $7.5M

# 193
Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Pizza, chicken, salad bar, buffet

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.8M

# 194
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 195
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 196
Accessible Home Health Care

Accessible Home Health Care

Medical & nonmedical home care & staffing

Initial Investment: $94K - $123K

# 197
Aire Serv LLC

Aire Serv LLC

HVAC services

Initial Investment: $80K - $204K

# 198
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $23K - $55K

# 199
Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Fondue restaurant

Initial Investment: $955K - $1.4M

# 200
Mr. Appliance LLC

Mr. Appliance LLC

Household appliance services and repairs

Initial Investment: $58K - $117K

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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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