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
# 351
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 352
Maid To Perfection

Maid To Perfection

Residential & light commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $57K - $63K

# 353
ColorTyme

ColorTyme

Rent-to-own electronics/furniture/appliances

Initial Investment: $450K - $698K

# 354
Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Textile restoration

Initial Investment: $46K - $236K

# 355
Foot Solutions Inc.

Foot Solutions Inc.

Comfort shoes and inserts for ages 40+

Initial Investment: $204K - $250K

# 356
Medi-Weightloss Franchising USA LLC

Medi-Weightloss Franchising USA LLC

Medical weight-loss and wellness program

Initial Investment: $207K - $384K

# 357
Signal 88, LLC

Signal 88, LLC

Private security guard and patrol services

Initial Investment: $70K - $136K

# 358
Growth Coach, The

Growth Coach, The

Small-business and sales coaching and mentoring

Initial Investment: $55K - $85K

# 359
RE/MAX LLC

RE/MAX LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $38K - $280K

# 360
Signs Now

Signs Now

Signs, graphics

Initial Investment: $187K - $351K

# 361
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 362
Games2U Inc.

Games2U Inc.

Mobile entertainment services

Initial Investment: $58K - $197K

# 363
Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

On-site children's fitness program

Initial Investment: $30K - $30K

# 364
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 365
Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets

Initial Investment: $262K - $1.3M

# 366
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Kitchen and bathroom surface refinishing

Initial Investment: $75K - $120K

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# 367
Mazzio's

Mazzio's

Pizza & pasta

Initial Investment: $367K - $2.5M

# 368
Tutoring Club LLC

Tutoring Club LLC

Individualized instruction for K-12 students

Initial Investment: $26K - $127K

# 369
Homes & Land

Homes & Land

Real-estate marketing magazine

Initial Investment: $47K - $127K

# 370
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 371
ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

Automated teller machines

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

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# 372
Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Barbecue-theme restaurant

Initial Investment: $637K - $4.2M

# 373
Preferred Care at Home

Preferred Care at Home

Senior home care

Initial Investment: $63K - $85K

# 374
Alternative Board (TAB), The

Alternative Board (TAB), The

Peer advisory boards, business coaching

Initial Investment: $41K - $92K

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# 375
Orion Food Systems LLC

Orion Food Systems LLC

Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets

Initial Investment: $59K - $134K

# 376
Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Carpet, upholstery, air-duct & dryer-vent cleaning; garage solutions

Initial Investment: $11K - $192K

# 377
Complete Nutrition

Complete Nutrition

Weight-loss and nutrition products

Initial Investment: $164K - $283K

# 378
United Country Real Estate

United Country Real Estate

Real-estate, auction and marketing services

Initial Investment: $16K - $27K

# 379
Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Children's entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $366K - $790K

# 380
Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, fries

Initial Investment: $155K - $1.3M

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# 381
Mr. Payroll Corp.

Mr. Payroll Corp.

Check cashing, money orders, wire transfers, bill pay, ATM

Initial Investment: $69K - $328K

# 382
Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads

Initial Investment: $196K - $427K

# 383
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 384
Cleaning Authority, The

Cleaning Authority, The

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $87K - $136K

# 385
Surf City Squeeze

Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

Initial Investment: $78K - $287K

# 386
City Wide Maintenance

City Wide Maintenance

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $102K - $197K

# 387
Biggby Coffee

Biggby Coffee

Specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods

Initial Investment: $160K - $317K

# 388
Screenmobile, The

Screenmobile, The

Mobile window and door screening

Initial Investment: $84K - $119K

# 389
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 390
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 391
RimTyme

RimTyme

Rent-to-own custom wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $321K - $684K

# 392
Golden Chick

Golden Chick

Chicken

Initial Investment: $759K - $1.7M

# 393
Get A Grip Franchising LLC

Get A Grip Franchising LLC

Countertop, tub and tile resurfacing

Initial Investment: $44K - $93K

# 394
Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow

Dog daycare, boarding, training, grooming; in-home pet care

Initial Investment: $357K - $1M

# 395
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Transmission repair and services

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

# 396
WoodSpring Suites

WoodSpring Suites

Limited-service extended-stay lodging

Initial Investment: $5M - $7M

# 397
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

General hobbies and supplies, toys

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 398
Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $45K - $421K

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# 399
Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care

Lawn and tree care

Initial Investment: $89K - $103K

# 400
Glass Guru, The

Glass Guru, The

Window and glass restoration and replacement

Initial Investment: $32K - $122K

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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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