2013 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
# 451
iTan Franchising Inc.

iTan Franchising Inc.

UV tanning, spray tanning, spa services

Initial Investment: $326K - $650K

# 452
Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Carpet, upholstery, hardwood floor, tile and grout cleaning

Initial Investment: $39K - $67K

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# 453
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Trampoline playing court

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.7M

# 454
Mom Corps

Mom Corps

Staffing

Initial Investment: $39K - $64K

# 455
Koko FitClub LLC

Koko FitClub LLC

Fitness clubs

Initial Investment: $203K - $396K

# 456
Sports Image

Sports Image

Sports marketing for high schools and organizations

Initial Investment: $15K - $39K

# 457
PIP Printing & Marketing Services

PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $50K - $279K

# 458
Precision Door Service

Precision Door Service

Garage-door repairs and installation

Initial Investment: $68K - $512K

# 459
Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Home maintenance and repairs

Initial Investment: $103K - $132K

# 460
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $484K - $684K

# 461
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 462
Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Home furnishings

Initial Investment: $539K - $2M

# 463
Petland

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Initial Investment: $274K - $1M

# 464
Manchu Wok

Manchu Wok

Chinese fast food

Initial Investment: $396K - $590K

# 465
Zoom Room

Zoom Room

Indoor dog training and socialization, pet products

Initial Investment: $133K - $309K

# 466
Tutoring Club LLC

Tutoring Club LLC

Individualized instruction for K-12 students

Initial Investment: $26K - $127K

# 467
Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Arch supports, related products

Initial Investment: $40K - $202K

# 468
Assist-2-Sell

Assist-2-Sell

Discount real estate

Initial Investment: $24K - $46K

# 469
UFC Gym

UFC Gym

Fitness, boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes

Initial Investment: $390K - $891K

# 470
Tide Dry Cleaners

Tide Dry Cleaners

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $633K - $1.5M

# 471
Sparkle Wash

Sparkle Wash

Professional pressure washing, restoration and preservation services

Initial Investment: $35K - $118K

# 472
Chemstation

Chemstation

Industrial cleanser manufacturing and distribution

Initial Investment: $305K - $425K

# 473
Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Cruise and vacation travel agency

Initial Investment: $95K - $180K

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# 474
Pressed4Time Inc.

Pressed4Time Inc.

Dry-cleaning pickup & delivery, shoe repair

Initial Investment: $36K - $45K

# 475
ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

Automated teller machines

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

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# 476
Discovery Point Franchising Inc.

Discovery Point Franchising Inc.

Child care

Initial Investment: $370K - $3.4M

# 477
Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Murphy Business & Financial Corp. LLC

Business and franchise brokerage, commercial real estate

Initial Investment: $54K - $114K

# 478
Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Checkers and Rally's Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, fries

Initial Investment: $155K - $1.3M

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# 479
LaRosa's Inc.

LaRosa's Inc.

Pizza, Italian food

Initial Investment: $821K - $833K

# 480
A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

Concrete leveling and repairs

Initial Investment: $111K - $141K

# 481
Tax Centers of America

Tax Centers of America

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $20K - $64K

# 482
CKO Kickboxing

CKO Kickboxing

Kickboxing fitness classes

Initial Investment: $108K - $364K

# 483
Mad Science Group Inc.

Mad Science Group Inc.

Science education and entertainment programs

Initial Investment: $70K - $90K

# 484
United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing

Check cashing and other financial services

Initial Investment: $226K - $297K

# 485
Lil' Angels Photography

Lil' Angels Photography

School, child-care and family photography

Initial Investment: $24K - $29K

# 486
zpizza

zpizza

Pizza, sandwiches, salads, calzones

Initial Investment: $249K - $359K

# 487
Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle

Art-education programs

Initial Investment: $38K - $80K

# 488
Amramp

Amramp

Wheelchair ramp rentals and sales

Initial Investment: $133K - $215K

# 489
Craters & Freighters

Craters & Freighters

Specialty packing and freight-handling services

Initial Investment: $89K - $140K

# 490
Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Concrete landscape edging, walkways, stepping stones, custom boulder signage

Initial Investment: $56K - $130K

# 491
Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Pizza, take-and-bake pizza

Initial Investment: $123K - $398K

# 492
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 493
Home Video Studio

Home Video Studio

Video production and postproduction services

Initial Investment: $79K - $107K

# 494
Closet Factory

Closet Factory

Custom closet and storage systems

Initial Investment: $183K - $310K

# 495
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Lease-to-own and retail wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 496
CompuChild

CompuChild

Science, technology, engineering, art and math classes

Initial Investment: $18K - $33K

# 497
Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $414K - $3.6M

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# 498
Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $169K - $654K

# 499
Rosati's Pizza

Rosati's Pizza

Pizza, Italian food

Initial Investment: $137K - $733K

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# 500
Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $4.8M

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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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