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
# 301
Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $661K - $1.4M

# 302
Dryer Vent Wizard Int'l. LLC

Dryer Vent Wizard Int'l. LLC

Dryer-vent cleaning, replacement

Initial Investment: $53K - $75K

# 303
SeekingSitters Franchise System Inc.

SeekingSitters Franchise System Inc.

Babysitting-referral service

Initial Investment: $59K - $91K

# 304
Service Team of Professionals Inc.

Service Team of Professionals Inc.

Water/fire restoration, mold remediation

Initial Investment: $75K - $131K

# 305
Precision Concrete Cutting

Precision Concrete Cutting

Uneven-sidewalk repair

Initial Investment: $150K - $177K

# 306
CeX

CeX

Electronics resale store

Initial Investment: $150K - $250K

# 307
FRSTeam

FRSTeam

Restoration dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $32K - $381K

# 308
Cartridge World

Cartridge World

Ink and toner cartridges, printers, printer services and supplies

Initial Investment: $69K - $151K

# 309
Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

Real, authentic Italian ice and gelato

Initial Investment: $152K - $176K

# 310
Scooter's Coffee

Scooter's Coffee

Specialty coffee, smoothies, pastries

Initial Investment: $273K - $394K

# 311
Street Corner

Street Corner

Convenience stores

Initial Investment: $89K - $301K

# 312
Interior Magic Int'l.

Interior Magic Int'l.

Auto appearance reconditioning

Initial Investment: $33K - $100K

# 313
Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club

Membership boat club

Initial Investment: $144K - $179K

# 314
Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Child care

Initial Investment: $634K - $4M

# 315
Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Air-duct cleaning, HVAC Restoration, dryer-vent cleaning

Initial Investment: $80K - $131K

# 316
Zoup! Systems LLC

Zoup! Systems LLC

Soups, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $321K - $589K

# 317
Groucho's Deli

Groucho's Deli

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $70K - $362K

# 318
School of Rock

School of Rock

Music education

Initial Investment: $138K - $327K

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# 319
TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf

Youth golf programs

Initial Investment: $16K - $67K

# 320
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 321
Original Basket Boutique, The

Original Basket Boutique, The

Gifts, gift baskets, corporate gifts

Initial Investment: $48K - $59K

# 322
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $50K - $365K

# 323
Advance Realty USA

Advance Realty USA

Real estate

Initial Investment: $40K - $118K

# 324
Decor Group Inc., The

Decor Group Inc., The

Holiday and event lighting

Initial Investment: $18K - $60K

# 325
ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

Custom pull-out shelving for cabinets and pantries

Initial Investment: $70K - $131K

# 326
VooDoo BBQ & Grill

VooDoo BBQ & Grill

Barbecue

Initial Investment: $341K - $625K

# 327
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

# 328
JumpBunch Inc.

JumpBunch Inc.

Mobile children's sports and fitness programs

Initial Investment: $40K - $74K

# 329
Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Mobile children's fitness and entertainment

Initial Investment: $85K - $115K

# 330
TSS Photography

TSS Photography

Youth sports, school and event photography

Initial Investment: $36K - $74K

# 331
Pigtails & Crewcuts

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Children's hair salon

Initial Investment: $94K - $168K

# 332
Navis Pack & Ship

Navis Pack & Ship

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

Initial Investment: $97K - $173K

# 333
Spherion Staffing

Spherion Staffing

Staffing, recruiting

Initial Investment: $100K - $168K

# 334
Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Home maintenance and repairs

Initial Investment: $103K - $132K

# 335
Toppers Pizza

Toppers Pizza

Pizza, breadsticks, wings

Initial Investment: $263K - $491K

# 336
Hurricane Grill & Wings

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Chicken wings, sandwiches, salads

Initial Investment: $450K - $895K

# 337
Personal Training Institute

Personal Training Institute

Nutritional counseling & personal training

Initial Investment: $112K - $222K

# 338
Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $193K - $506K

# 339
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Sports-theme restaurant and bar

Initial Investment: $1.5M - $1.8M

# 340
Dollar Rent A Car Inc.

Dollar Rent A Car Inc.

Car rentals

Initial Investment: $639K - $6.8M

# 341
Complete Weddings + Events

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

Initial Investment: $30K - $49K

# 342
HandyPro Int'l. LLC

HandyPro Int'l. LLC

Handyman and home-modification services

Initial Investment: $71K - $129K

# 343
Aussie Pet Mobile

Aussie Pet Mobile

Mobile pet grooming

Initial Investment: $137K - $146K

# 344
Hungry Heart Franchise LLC

Hungry Heart Franchise LLC

Nutritional counseling & hypnotherapy

Initial Investment: $43K - $58K

# 345
Pro-Cuts Classic

Pro-Cuts Classic

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $95K - $185K

# 346
Expense Reduction Coaching

Expense Reduction Coaching

Cost-reduction services and coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 347
Results! Travel

Results! Travel

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $25 - $10K

# 348
Christmas Decor Inc.

Christmas Decor Inc.

Holiday & event decorating services

Initial Investment: $13K - $35K

# 349
Preppy Pet

Preppy Pet

Pet daycare, boarding, grooming

Initial Investment: $97K - $259K

# 350
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

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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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