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
# 251
Dentist's Choice, The

Dentist's Choice, The

Dental-handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $54K - $59K

# 252
Apricot Lane

Apricot Lane

Women's clothing, accessories, gifts

Initial Investment: $131K - $410K

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# 253
Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Printing, marketing and mail services

Initial Investment: $162K - $593K

# 254
Floor Coverings International

Floor Coverings International

Flooring

Initial Investment: $138K - $310K

# 255
Doc Popcorn

Doc Popcorn

Kettle-cooked popcorn

Initial Investment: $40K - $355K

# 256
Estrella Insurance

Estrella Insurance

Auto, home and business insurance

Initial Investment: $50K - $84K

# 257
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Martial-arts and fitness programs

Initial Investment: $87K - $184K

# 258
Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

New and used sporting goods/equipment

Initial Investment: $242K - $393K

# 259
Expense Reduction Analysts Inc.

Expense Reduction Analysts Inc.

Cost-management consulting

Initial Investment: $66K - $86K

# 260
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 261
CareMinders Home Care Inc.

CareMinders Home Care Inc.

Medical & nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $138K - $199K

# 262
Glass Guru, The

Glass Guru, The

Window and glass restoration and replacement

Initial Investment: $32K - $122K

# 263
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $33K - $43K

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# 264
EmbroidMe

EmbroidMe

Embroidery, screen printing, promotional products

Initial Investment: $94K - $256K

# 265
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Chocolate, fudge, ice cream

Initial Investment: $352K - $622K

# 266
NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

Smoothies, meal-replacement shakes, protein bars

Initial Investment: $99K - $341K

# 267
Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $17K

# 268
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Hotels

Initial Investment: $564K - $65M

# 269
LearningRx

LearningRx

Learning enhancement, cognitive training, reading training

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 270
Retro Fitness

Retro Fitness

Health clubs

Initial Investment: $781K - $1.6M

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# 271
Plan Ahead Events

Plan Ahead Events

Corporate event planning

Initial Investment: $46K - $71K

# 272
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Tutoring and test prep

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

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# 273
GolfTEC

GolfTEC

Indoor high-tech golf instruction

Initial Investment: $125K - $470K

# 274
Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Movement/educational programs

Initial Investment: $15K - $46K

# 275
AdviCoach

AdviCoach

Business coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 276
Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. LLC

Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $20K - $119K

# 277
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $100K

# 278
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Chocolates, confections

Initial Investment: $116K - $499K

# 279
1-800-Water Damage

1-800-Water Damage

Restoration services

Initial Investment: $105K - $141K

# 280
Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hotels

Initial Investment: $134K - $2.6M

# 281
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 282
Philly Pretzel Factory

Philly Pretzel Factory

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $119K - $379K

# 283
Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes

Educational sports programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $56K

# 284
Tuffy Associates Corp.

Tuffy Associates Corp.

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $229K - $419K

# 285
Joint Corp., The

Joint Corp., The

Chiropractic services

Initial Investment: $142K - $337K

# 286
Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Residential and commercial repair, restoration and maintenance

Initial Investment: $64K - $119K

# 287
Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Dog training

Initial Investment: $51K - $124K

# 288
Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $446K - $675K

# 289
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Inc.

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Inc.

Subs

Initial Investment: $364K - $848K

# 290
Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

After-school drama classes and summer camps

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

# 291
Senior Helpers

Senior Helpers

Personal, companion and Alzheimer's home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $117K

# 292
Pak Mail

Pak Mail

Packing, shipping, crating, freight, mailboxes, business services

Initial Investment: $134K - $180K

# 293
Intelligent Office

Intelligent Office

Office suites & business services

Initial Investment: $316K - $497K

# 294
Real Deals on Home Decor

Real Deals on Home Decor

Home decor, furniture & accessories

Initial Investment: $102K - $162K

# 295
TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf

Youth golf programs

Initial Investment: $16K - $67K

# 296
Studio 6

Studio 6

Extended-stay lodging

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $4.5M

# 297
Ziebart

Ziebart

Auto appearance and protection services

Initial Investment: $172K - $331K

# 298
Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery Cafe

Breads, salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods

Initial Investment: $843K - $2.4M

# 299
Grounds Guys LLC, The

Grounds Guys LLC, The

Landscape maintenance

Initial Investment: $71K - $195K

# 300
HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

Specialty ham and turkey store/cafe

Initial Investment: $285K - $444K

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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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