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
# 201
Biggby Coffee

Biggby Coffee

Specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods

Initial Investment: $160K - $317K

# 202
Gymboree Play & Music

Gymboree Play & Music

Parent/child play and learning programs

Initial Investment: $120K - $277K

# 203
Smashburger Franchising LLC

Smashburger Franchising LLC

Burgers

Initial Investment: $546K - $895K

# 204
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition products, weight-loss consulting, athletic apparel

Initial Investment: $131K - $281K

# 205
Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $52K - $79K

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# 206
AdvantaClean

AdvantaClean

Environmental services

Initial Investment: $121K - $218K

# 207
Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc.

Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc.

Children's and maternity consignment events

Initial Investment: $27K - $39K

# 208
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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# 209
Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets

Initial Investment: $262K - $1.3M

# 210
WoodSpring Suites

WoodSpring Suites

Limited-service extended-stay lodging

Initial Investment: $5M - $7M

# 211
School of Rock

School of Rock

Music education

Initial Investment: $138K - $327K

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# 212
Complete Weddings + Events

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

Initial Investment: $30K - $49K

# 213
Get In Shape For Women

Get In Shape For Women

Small-group personal training for women

Initial Investment: $56K - $189K

# 214
Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow

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

Initial Investment: $357K - $1M

# 215
Line-X LLC

Line-X LLC

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

Initial Investment: $155K - $334K

# 216
CMIT Solutions Inc.

CMIT Solutions Inc.

IT and business services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $126K - $174K

# 217
CPR-Cell Phone Repair

CPR-Cell Phone Repair

Electronics repairs and sales

Initial Investment: $25K - $229K

# 218
GameTruck Licensing LLC

GameTruck Licensing LLC

Mobile video-game theaters

Initial Investment: $121K - $303K

# 219
Mr. Appliance LLC

Mr. Appliance LLC

Household appliance services and repairs

Initial Investment: $58K - $117K

# 220
Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC

Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC

Frozen custard, steakburgers, hot dogs

Initial Investment: $596K - $1.1M

# 221
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 222
Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $162K - $8.7M

# 223
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Kitchen and bathroom surface refinishing

Initial Investment: $75K - $120K

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# 224
Paul Davis Emergency Services

Paul Davis Emergency Services

Emergency restoration

Initial Investment: $43K - $157K

# 225
Huddle House

Huddle House

Family-style diner

Initial Investment: $620K - $1.4M

# 226
Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $403K - $475K

# 227
Lenny's Sub Shop

Lenny's Sub Shop

Subs, philly cheesesteaks, salads

Initial Investment: $140K - $355K

# 228
ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

Swimming pool maintenance, repairs and renovations

Initial Investment: $65K - $88K

# 229
Pretzelmaker

Pretzelmaker

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $155K - $238K

# 230
Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops

Flip-flops and casual footwear

Initial Investment: $174K - $280K

# 231
Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies

Cookies

Initial Investment: $183K - $317K

# 232
Signal 88, LLC

Signal 88, LLC

Private security guard and patrol services

Initial Investment: $70K - $136K

# 233
Growth Coach, The

Growth Coach, The

Small-business and sales coaching and mentoring

Initial Investment: $55K - $85K

# 234
Scooter's Coffee

Scooter's Coffee

Specialty coffee, smoothies, pastries

Initial Investment: $273K - $394K

# 235
Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor

Women's clothing and accessories resale store

Initial Investment: $162K - $259K

# 236
Roosters Men's Grooming Centers

Roosters Men's Grooming Centers

Men's grooming services and products

Initial Investment: $174K - $303K

# 237
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $4.5M - $6.9M

# 238
Mac Tools

Mac Tools

Automotive tools and equipment

Initial Investment: $86K - $240K

# 239
Granite Transformations

Granite Transformations

Kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $99K - $351K

# 240
InXpress

InXpress

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $55K - $160K

# 241
Transworld Business Advisors

Transworld Business Advisors

Business brokerage; franchise consulting

Initial Investment: $60K - $82K

# 242
Interface Financial Corp.

Interface Financial Corp.

Invoice discounting

Initial Investment: $91K - $142K

# 243
City Publications

City Publications

Publication for affluent homeowners

Initial Investment: $93K - $268K

# 244
Postal Annex+

Postal Annex+

Packing, shipping, postal and business services

Initial Investment: $139K - $205K

# 245
Golden Chick

Golden Chick

Chicken

Initial Investment: $759K - $1.7M

# 246
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $50K - $365K

# 247
Great Wraps Grill

Great Wraps Grill

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

Initial Investment: $160K - $486K

# 248
Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Massage and spa services

Initial Investment: $407K - $522K

# 249
Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Bakery cafe

Initial Investment: $148K - $497K

# 250
Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods

Initial Investment: $238K - $372K

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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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