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
# 151
Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited

Bird-feeding supplies and nature gift items

Initial Investment: $123K - $192K

# 152
U.S. Lawns

U.S. Lawns

Commercial grounds care

Initial Investment: $33K - $79K

# 153
Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs

Grilled subs

Initial Investment: $269K - $535K

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# 154
Real Property Management

Real Property Management

Property management

Initial Investment: $77K - $100K

# 155
Lawn Doctor

Lawn Doctor

Lawn, tree and shrub care; mosquito and tick control

Initial Investment: $82K - $100K

# 156
TacoTime

TacoTime

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $201K - $818K

# 157
Wetzel's Pretzels

Wetzel's Pretzels

Soft pretzels, lemonade, hot dogs

Initial Investment: $157K - $371K

# 158
Rainbow Int'l. Restoration & Cleaning

Rainbow Int'l. Restoration & Cleaning

Indoor cleaning and restoration

Initial Investment: $156K - $256K

# 159
Palm Beach Tan

Palm Beach Tan

Tanning

Initial Investment: $503K - $810K

# 160
BrightStar Care

BrightStar Care

Medical/nonmedical home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $94K - $173K

# 161
Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores

Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores

Appliances, hardware

Initial Investment: $116K - $2.2M

# 162
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Auto repair and maintenance, tires, engine diagnostics

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 163
HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Cafe, The

Specialty ham and turkey store/cafe

Initial Investment: $285K - $444K

# 164
McAlister's Deli

McAlister's Deli

Sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes

Initial Investment: $579K - $1.5M

# 165
Homewatch CareGivers

Homewatch CareGivers

Home care, nursing-care coordination, memory care

Initial Investment: $83K - $138K

# 166
Maaco Franchising Inc.

Maaco Franchising Inc.

Auto painting and collision repair

Initial Investment: $375K - $487K

# 167
Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Two Men and a Truck Int'l. Inc.

Moving services

Initial Investment: $178K - $556K

# 168
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Batteries

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 169
TSS Photography

TSS Photography

Youth sports, school and event photography

Initial Investment: $36K - $74K

# 170
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 171
Yogurtland Franchising Inc.

Yogurtland Franchising Inc.

Self-serve frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $307K - $700K

# 172
Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $45K - $421K

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# 173
Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Staffing

Initial Investment: $139K - $226K

# 174
Seniors Helping Seniors

Seniors Helping Seniors

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $87K - $141K

# 175
OpenWorks

OpenWorks

Commercial cleaning, facility services

Initial Investment: $17K - $124K

# 176
Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Great Harvest Franchising Inc.

Bread bakery

Initial Investment: $118K - $623K

# 177
Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. LLC

Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $20K - $119K

# 178
MaidPro

MaidPro

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $38K - $203K

# 179
Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Mr. Sandless/Dr. DecknFence

Interior and exterior sandless wood refinishing

Initial Investment: $27K - $88K

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# 180
CPR-Cell Phone Repair

CPR-Cell Phone Repair

Electronics repairs and sales

Initial Investment: $25K - $229K

# 181
Maid Brigade

Maid Brigade

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $85K - $124K

# 182
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 183
Joint Corp., The

Joint Corp., The

Chiropractic services

Initial Investment: $142K - $337K

# 184
WSI Digital Marketing

WSI Digital Marketing

Internet services

Initial Investment: $64K - $172K

# 185
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Upscale all-suite hotels

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 186
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

# 187
Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 188
Padgett Business Services

Padgett Business Services

Financial, payroll, consulting and tax services

Initial Investment: $100K - $100K

# 189
Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $162K - $8.7M

# 190
ComForCare Home Care

ComForCare Home Care

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $156K

# 191
JEI Learning Centers

JEI Learning Centers

Individualized supplemental education

Initial Investment: $61K - $100K

# 192
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.6M - $7.9M

# 193
Fitness Revolution

Fitness Revolution

Personal and group fitness training

Initial Investment: $12K - $121K

# 194
AdvantaClean

AdvantaClean

Environmental services

Initial Investment: $121K - $218K

# 195
Window Genie

Window Genie

Residential window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing

Initial Investment: $90K - $139K

# 196
High Touch-High Tech

High Touch-High Tech

Science activities for schools/parties

Initial Investment: $60K - $64K

# 197
ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

ASP-America's Swimming Pool Co.

Swimming pool maintenance, repairs and renovations

Initial Investment: $65K - $88K

# 198
SpeedPro Imaging

SpeedPro Imaging

Graphics and large-format imaging

Initial Investment: $225K - $365K

# 199
HappyFeet Legends Int'l.

HappyFeet Legends Int'l.

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 18

Initial Investment: $23K - $29K

# 200
Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Cruise and vacation travel agency

Initial Investment: $95K - $180K

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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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