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
# 201
MaidPro

MaidPro

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $38K - $203K

# 202
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 203
Magicuts

Magicuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $138K - $205K

# 204
Palm Beach Tan

Palm Beach Tan

Tanning

Initial Investment: $503K - $810K

# 205
NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

Smoothies, meal-replacement shakes, protein bars

Initial Investment: $99K - $341K

# 206
Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid

Children's identification and safety products and services

Initial Investment: $21K - $39K

# 207
Yogurtland Franchising Inc.

Yogurtland Franchising Inc.

Self-serve frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $307K - $700K

# 208
Cartridge World

Cartridge World

Ink and toner cartridges, printers, printer services and supplies

Initial Investment: $69K - $151K

# 209
Mr. Appliance LLC

Mr. Appliance LLC

Household appliance services and repairs

Initial Investment: $58K - $117K

# 210
ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

Custom pull-out shelving for cabinets and pantries

Initial Investment: $70K - $131K

# 211
Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $45K - $421K

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# 212
Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Barbecue-theme restaurant

Initial Investment: $637K - $4.2M

# 213
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 214
Dentist's Choice, The

Dentist's Choice, The

Dental-handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $54K - $59K

# 215
Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $162K - $8.7M

# 216
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $33K - $43K

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# 217
Retro Fitness

Retro Fitness

Health clubs

Initial Investment: $781K - $1.6M

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# 218
Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 219
AdviCoach

AdviCoach

Business coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 220
Coffee News

Coffee News

Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants

Initial Investment: $10K - $11K

# 221
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 222
Complete Weddings + Events

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

Initial Investment: $30K - $49K

# 223
Floor Coverings International

Floor Coverings International

Flooring

Initial Investment: $138K - $310K

# 224
College Nannies and Tutors

College Nannies and Tutors

Nanny-placement, babysitting, tutoring

Initial Investment: $177K - $229K

# 225
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 226
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Kitchen and bathroom surface refinishing

Initial Investment: $75K - $120K

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# 227
HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

Specialty ham and turkey store/cafe

Initial Investment: $285K - $444K

# 228
Interface Financial Corp.

Interface Financial Corp.

Invoice discounting

Initial Investment: $91K - $142K

# 229
Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

New and used sporting goods/equipment

Initial Investment: $242K - $393K

# 230
Rooter-Man

Rooter-Man

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Initial Investment: $47K - $138K

# 231
Steamatic Inc.

Steamatic Inc.

Insurance/disaster restoration, cleaning, mold remediation

Initial Investment: $137K - $162K

# 232
OpenWorks

OpenWorks

Commercial cleaning, facility services

Initial Investment: $17K - $124K

# 233
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Paint-your-own-ceramics studio

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 234
Express Oil Change

Express Oil Change

Oil changes, brakes, tire services, tune-ups

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $2.1M

# 235
Yogen Fruz

Yogen Fruz

Frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream

Initial Investment: $136K - $472K

# 236
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

In-home tutoring

Initial Investment: $33K - $57K

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# 237
PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

Packing, shipping, printing, signs, marketing solutions

Initial Investment: $170K - $212K

# 238
Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, smoothies

Initial Investment: $156K - $486K

# 239
Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Children's safety products and services

Initial Investment: $34K - $44K

# 240
Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc.

Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc.

Children's and maternity consignment events

Initial Investment: $27K - $39K

# 241
CPR-Cell Phone Repair

CPR-Cell Phone Repair

Electronics repairs and sales

Initial Investment: $25K - $229K

# 242
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Pizza, subs, pasta

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

# 243
Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $5K - $45K

# 244
Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $403K - $475K

# 245
Pretzelmaker

Pretzelmaker

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $155K - $238K

# 246
A & W Restaurants Inc.

A & W Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, hot dogs, root beer

Initial Investment: $912K - $1.6M

# 247
CMIT Solutions Inc.

CMIT Solutions Inc.

IT and business services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $126K - $174K

# 248
Get In Shape For Women

Get In Shape For Women

Small-group personal training for women

Initial Investment: $56K - $189K

# 249
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition products, weight-loss consulting, athletic apparel

Initial Investment: $131K - $281K

# 250
Donatos Pizza

Donatos Pizza

Pizza, subs, salads

Initial Investment: $461K - $667K

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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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