2012 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
Togo's Franchisor LLC

Togo's Franchisor LLC

Specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps

Initial Investment: $240K - $501K

# 152
CiCi's Pizza

CiCi's Pizza

All-you-can-eat pizza buffet

Initial Investment: $489K - $758K

# 153
Ziebart

Ziebart

Auto appearance and protection services

Initial Investment: $172K - $331K

# 154
Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Moving services

Initial Investment: $178K - $556K

# 155
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Batteries

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 156
Rita's Italian Ice

Rita's Italian Ice

Italian ice, frozen custard

Initial Investment: $141K - $414K

# 157
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 158
Travelodge

Travelodge

Hotels

Initial Investment: $173K - $7.5M

# 159
Real Property Management

Real Property Management

Property management

Initial Investment: $77K - $100K

# 160
Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Staffing

Initial Investment: $139K - $226K

# 161
Griswold Home Care

Griswold Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $99K - $121K

# 162
Taco John's Int'l. Inc.

Taco John's Int'l. Inc.

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $768K - $1.1M

# 163
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 164
Seniors Helping Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $87K - $141K

# 165
Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies

Cookies

Initial Investment: $183K - $317K

# 166
Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Bread bakery

Initial Investment: $118K - $623K

# 167
Tax Centers of America

Tax Centers of America

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $20K - $64K

# 168
Red Roof Franchising LLC

Red Roof Franchising LLC

Economy hotels

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $4.8M

# 169
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Upscale all-suite hotels

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 170
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Auto repair and maintenance, tires, engine diagnostics

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 171
Homewatch CareGivers

Homewatch CareGivers

Home care, nursing-care coordination, memory care

Initial Investment: $83K - $138K

# 172
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Initial Investment: $195K - $489K

# 173
ComForCare Home Care

ComForCare Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $156K

# 174
Maaco Franchising Inc.

Maaco Franchising Inc.

Auto painting and collision repair

Initial Investment: $375K - $487K

# 175
N-Hance

N-Hance

Wood floor and cabinet refinishing

Initial Investment: $24K - $145K

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# 176
CertaPro Painters Ltd.

CertaPro Painters Ltd.

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $130K - $163K

# 177
Synergy HomeCare

Synergy HomeCare

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $59K - $148K

# 178
Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Realty

Real Estate

Initial Investment: $175K - $328K

# 179
Window Gang

Window Gang

Window, exterior, dryer-vent and chimney cleaning; deck and fence sealing

Initial Investment: $34K - $81K

# 180
Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Newsstand and sundry store

Initial Investment: $56K - $502K

# 181
Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions

Sales of estates and household goods

Initial Investment: $56K - $85K

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# 182
WSI Digital Marketing

WSI Digital Marketing

Internet services

Initial Investment: $64K - $172K

# 183
Paul Davis Restoration

Paul Davis Restoration

Insurance restoration

Initial Investment: $183K - $357K

# 184
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 185
Complete Nutrition

Complete Nutrition

Weight-loss and nutrition products

Initial Investment: $164K - $283K

# 186
Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

Sears Home & Business Franchises Inc.

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

Initial Investment: $11K - $192K

# 187
Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $17K

# 188
Villa Italian Kitchen

Villa Italian Kitchen

Pizza, Italian food

Initial Investment: $297K - $894K

# 189
Growth Coach, The

Growth Coach, The

Small-business and sales coaching and mentoring

Initial Investment: $55K - $85K

# 190
Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Pizza, chicken, salad bar, buffet

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.8M

# 191
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $23K - $55K

# 192
Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym

Health and fitness centers

Initial Investment: $1M - $4M

# 193
Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, The

Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, The

Preschool/educational child care

Initial Investment: $495K - $3.6M

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# 194
Aussie Pet Mobile

Aussie Pet Mobile

Mobile pet grooming

Initial Investment: $137K - $146K

# 195
Line-X LLC

Line-X LLC

Spray-on truck-bed liners, truck accessories, protective coatings

Initial Investment: $155K - $334K

# 196
Aire Serv LLC

Aire Serv LLC

HVAC services

Initial Investment: $80K - $204K

# 197
PuroClean

PuroClean

Property damage restoration and remediation

Initial Investment: $142K - $164K

# 198
Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, fries

Initial Investment: $155K - $1.3M

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# 199
Carvel

Carvel

Ice cream, ice-cream cakes

Initial Investment: $250K - $383K

# 200
SpeedPro Imaging

SpeedPro Imaging

Graphics and large-format imaging

Initial Investment: $225K - $365K

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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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