2014 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
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 452
Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Jewelry and watch repairs

Initial Investment: $186K - $358K

# 453
Sunbelt Business Brokers

Sunbelt Business Brokers

Business brokerage

Initial Investment: $41K - $105K

# 454
Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Children's entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $366K - $790K

# 455
PuroClean

PuroClean

Property damage restoration and remediation

Initial Investment: $142K - $164K

# 456
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 457
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffee and smoothies

Initial Investment: $75K - $469K

# 458
Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow

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

Initial Investment: $357K - $1M

# 459
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 460
Window Gang

Window Gang

Window, exterior, dryer-vent and chimney cleaning; deck and fence sealing

Initial Investment: $34K - $81K

# 461
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 462
Surf City Squeeze

Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

Initial Investment: $78K - $287K

# 463
Foot Solutions Inc.

Foot Solutions Inc.

Comfort shoes and inserts for ages 40+

Initial Investment: $204K - $250K

# 464
Alternative Board (TAB), The

Alternative Board (TAB), The

Peer advisory boards, business coaching

Initial Investment: $41K - $92K

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# 465
Entrepreneur's Source, The

Entrepreneur's Source, The

Franchise/business coaching and development services

Initial Investment: $67K - $75K

# 466
Assist-2-Sell

Assist-2-Sell

Discount real estate

Initial Investment: $24K - $46K

# 467
1-800-Got-Junk?

1-800-Got-Junk?

Junk removal

Initial Investment: $127K - $159K

# 468
Dryclean USA

Dryclean USA

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $262K - $607K

# 469
Parisi Speed School

Parisi Speed School

Youth performance training

Initial Investment: $10K - $172K

# 470
Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care

Lawn and tree care

Initial Investment: $89K - $103K

# 471
Petland

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Initial Investment: $274K - $1M

# 472
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 473
Pro-Cuts Classic

Pro-Cuts Classic

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $95K - $185K

# 474
Mr. Appliance LLC

Mr. Appliance LLC

Household appliance services and repairs

Initial Investment: $58K - $117K

# 475
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 476
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 477
Fresh Healthy Vending

Fresh Healthy Vending

Snack and beverage vending machines

Initial Investment: $121K - $206K

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# 478
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Transmission repair and services

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

# 479
A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections

A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $36K - $42K

# 480
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Martial-arts and fitness programs

Initial Investment: $87K - $184K

# 481
NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

NrGize Lifestyle Cafe

Smoothies, meal-replacement shakes, protein bars

Initial Investment: $99K - $341K

# 482
Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets

Initial Investment: $262K - $1.3M

# 483
Cousins Subs

Cousins Subs

Hot/cold subs, salads, soups, desserts

Initial Investment: $145K - $388K

# 484
Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Carpet, upholstery, hardwood floor, tile and grout cleaning

Initial Investment: $39K - $67K

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# 485
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Pizza, subs, pasta

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

# 486
Comet Cleaners

Comet Cleaners

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $100K - $795K

# 487
Koko FitClub LLC

Koko FitClub LLC

Fitness clubs

Initial Investment: $203K - $396K

# 488
Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Arch supports, related products

Initial Investment: $40K - $202K

# 489
IceBorn

IceBorn

Ice and water vending machines

Initial Investment: $27K - $214K

# 490
Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Children's safety products and services

Initial Investment: $34K - $44K

# 491
Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies

Initial Investment: $273K - $397K

# 492
Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Caribbean-style food

Initial Investment: $173K - $564K

# 493
ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

Automated teller machines

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

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# 494
Biggby Coffee

Biggby Coffee

Specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods

Initial Investment: $160K - $317K

# 495
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 496
Screenmobile, The

Screenmobile, The

Mobile window and door screening

Initial Investment: $84K - $119K

# 497
Critter Control Inc.

Critter Control Inc.

Wildlife management, pest control

Initial Investment: $23K - $90K

# 498
Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

After-school drama classes and summer camps

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

# 499
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 500
Yogen Fruz

Yogen Fruz

Frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream

Initial Investment: $136K - $472K

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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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