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
# 401
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations

Kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $99K - $351K

# 402
Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Caribbean-style food

Initial Investment: $173K - $564K

# 403
Pro-Cuts Classic

Pro-Cuts Classic

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $95K - $185K

# 404
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 405
BookKeeping Express

BookKeeping Express

Bookkeeping

Initial Investment: $39K - $55K

# 406
ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

Automated teller machines

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

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# 407
Window Genie

Window Genie

Residential window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing

Initial Investment: $90K - $139K

# 408
Aire-Master of America Inc.

Aire-Master of America Inc.

Restroom deodorizing and maintenance

Initial Investment: $38K - $138K

# 409
Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

Cupcakes

Initial Investment: $236K - $396K

# 410
Companion Connection Senior Care

Companion Connection Senior Care

Medical/nonmedical personal care

Initial Investment: $23K - $26K

# 411
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries

Burgers & fries

Initial Investment: $175K - $626K

# 412
Repower by Solar Universe

Repower by Solar Universe

Solar-panel and smart home technology sales and installation

Initial Investment: $104K - $348K

# 413
AArrow Advertising

AArrow Advertising

Advertising, sign spinning, guerilla marketing

Initial Investment: $37K - $80K

# 414
Mr. Payroll Corp.

Mr. Payroll Corp.

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

Initial Investment: $69K - $328K

# 415
Ductz Int'l. Inc.

Ductz Int'l. Inc.

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

Initial Investment: $80K - $131K

# 416
Saladworks

Saladworks

Salads, soups, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $494K - $533K

# 417
California Closets

California Closets

Custom storage systems

Initial Investment: $128K - $377K

# 418
PIP Printing & Marketing Services

PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $50K - $279K

# 419
Worldwide Express

Worldwide Express

Discounted air express & freight services

Initial Investment: $46K - $365K

# 420
Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies

Initial Investment: $273K - $397K

# 421
Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Smoothies, juices, healthful snacks

Initial Investment: $229K - $340K

# 422
Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow

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

Initial Investment: $357K - $1M

# 423
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 424
Red Mango - Yogurt Cafe & Juice Bar

Red Mango - Yogurt Cafe & Juice Bar

Frozen yogurt, smoothies, juices, wraps

Initial Investment: $193K - $501K

# 425
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $191K - $514K

# 426
Utility Company, The

Utility Company, The

IT services

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 427
1-800-DryClean

1-800-DryClean

Dry cleaning pickup & delivery

Initial Investment: $70K - $92K

# 428
Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Business and franchise brokerage, commercial real estate

Initial Investment: $54K - $114K

# 429
Foot Solutions Inc.

Foot Solutions Inc.

Comfort shoes and inserts for ages 40+

Initial Investment: $204K - $250K

# 430
Fairway Divorce Solutions

Fairway Divorce Solutions

Divorce dispute-resolution services

Initial Investment: $10K - $35K

# 431
Port Of Subs

Port Of Subs

Submarine sandwiches

Initial Investment: $169K - $300K

# 432
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 433
Dryer Vent Wizard Int'l. LLC

Dryer Vent Wizard Int'l. LLC

Dryer-vent cleaning, replacement

Initial Investment: $53K - $75K

# 434
FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

Enrichment education

Initial Investment: $48K - $204K

# 435
Kidville

Kidville

Enrichment classes, parties and products

Initial Investment: $300K - $450K

# 436
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Transmission repair and services

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

# 437
Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Initial Investment: $12K - $22K

# 438
Screenmobile, The

Screenmobile, The

Mobile window and door screening

Initial Investment: $84K - $119K

# 439
Great Wraps Grill

Great Wraps Grill

Hot wrapped sandwiches, paninis, rice bowls, salads, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $486K

# 440
Big Boy Restaurants Int'l.

Big Boy Restaurants Int'l.

Family restaurant

Initial Investment: $862K - $3.6M

# 441
Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $46K - $56K

# 442
Elevation Burger

Elevation Burger

Organic burgers, fries, shakes

Initial Investment: $409K - $822K

# 443
Precision Door Service

Precision Door Service

Garage-door repairs and installation

Initial Investment: $68K - $512K

# 444
Mr. Clean Carwash

Mr. Clean Carwash

Car wash & quick-lube services

Initial Investment: $2.4M - $3.3M

# 445
Accessible Home Health Care

Accessible Home Health Care

Medical & nonmedical home care & staffing

Initial Investment: $94K - $123K

# 446
Decor&You

Decor&You

Decorating services and products

Initial Investment: $50K - $344K

# 447
Tutoring Club LLC

Tutoring Club LLC

Individualized instruction for K-12 students

Initial Investment: $26K - $127K

# 448
EarthWise Pet Supply

EarthWise Pet Supply

Pet food and supplies, grooming and self-wash services

Initial Investment: $209K - $474K

# 449
ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

Swimming pool maintenance, repairs and renovations

Initial Investment: $65K - $88K

# 450
Fleet Feet Sports

Fleet Feet Sports

Athletic footwear, apparel, accessories

Initial Investment: $180K - $338K

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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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