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
# 201
Complete Nutrition

Complete Nutrition

Weight-loss and nutrition products

Initial Investment: $164K - $283K

# 202
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 203
Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger's Bagels

Bagels, breads, sandwiches, soups, salads

Initial Investment: $390K - $592K

# 204
Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Pizza, chicken, salad bar, buffet

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.8M

# 205
Smashburger Franchising LLC

Smashburger Franchising LLC

Burgers

Initial Investment: $546K - $895K

# 206
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Asian-American food

Initial Investment: $130K - $521K

# 207
Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $17K

# 208
WIN Home Inspection

WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $38K - $54K

# 209
Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus

Retail pet supplies and services

Initial Investment: $549K - $1.1M

# 210
Gold's Gym

Gold's Gym

Health and fitness centers

Initial Investment: $1M - $4M

# 211
Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $46K - $56K

# 212
Elements Massage

Elements Massage

Therapeutic massage services

Initial Investment: $215K - $381K

# 213
Grounds Guys LLC, The

Grounds Guys LLC, The

Landscape maintenance

Initial Investment: $71K - $195K

# 214
Wireless Zone

Wireless Zone

Wireless-communications store

Initial Investment: $127K - $393K

# 215
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

General hobbies and supplies, toys

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 216
School of Rock

School of Rock

Music education

Initial Investment: $138K - $327K

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# 217
Paul Davis Emergency Services

Paul Davis Emergency Services

Emergency restoration

Initial Investment: $43K - $157K

# 218
ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

ShelfGenie Franchise Systems LLC

Custom pull-out shelving for cabinets and pantries

Initial Investment: $70K - $131K

# 219
Blimpie Subs & Salads

Blimpie Subs & Salads

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $130K - $359K

# 220
Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc.

Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc.

Children's and maternity consignment events

Initial Investment: $27K - $39K

# 221
Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor

Women's clothing and accessories resale store

Initial Investment: $162K - $259K

# 222
Golden Chick

Golden Chick

Chicken

Initial Investment: $759K - $1.7M

# 223
Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC

Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC

Frozen custard, steakburgers, hot dogs

Initial Investment: $596K - $1.1M

# 224
Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $52K - $79K

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# 225
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 226
Transworld Business Advisors

Transworld Business Advisors

Business brokerage; franchise consulting

Initial Investment: $60K - $82K

# 227
Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions

Sales of estates and household goods

Initial Investment: $56K - $85K

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# 228
CiCi's Pizza

CiCi's Pizza

All-you-can-eat pizza buffet

Initial Investment: $489K - $758K

# 229
Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops

Flip-flops and casual footwear

Initial Investment: $174K - $280K

# 230
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Kitchen and bathroom surface refinishing

Initial Investment: $75K - $120K

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# 231
CMIT Solutions Inc.

CMIT Solutions Inc.

IT and business services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $126K - $174K

# 232
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 233
Captain D's

Captain D's

Seafood

Initial Investment: $771K - $1M

# 234
Doc Popcorn

Doc Popcorn

Kettle-cooked popcorn

Initial Investment: $40K - $355K

# 235
Title Boxing Club

Title Boxing Club

Boxing and kickboxing fitness classes, personal training, apparel

Initial Investment: $165K - $395K

# 236
Aire Serv LLC

Aire Serv LLC

HVAC services

Initial Investment: $80K - $204K

# 237
Tuffy Associates Corp.

Tuffy Associates Corp.

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $229K - $419K

# 238
Dale Carnegie Training

Dale Carnegie Training

Workplace training and development

Initial Investment: $20K - $175K

# 239
Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods

Initial Investment: $238K - $372K

# 240
Signal 88, LLC

Signal 88, LLC

Private security guard and patrol services

Initial Investment: $70K - $136K

# 241
Express Oil Change

Express Oil Change

Oil changes, brakes, tire services, tune-ups

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $2.1M

# 242
Estrella Insurance

Estrella Insurance

Auto, home and business insurance

Initial Investment: $50K - $84K

# 243
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Paint-your-own-ceramics studio

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 244
Glass Guru, The

Glass Guru, The

Window and glass restoration and replacement

Initial Investment: $32K - $122K

# 245
InXpress

InXpress

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $55K - $160K

# 246
Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid

Children's identification and safety products and services

Initial Investment: $21K - $39K

# 247
Plan Ahead Events

Plan Ahead Events

Corporate event planning

Initial Investment: $46K - $71K

# 248
Interface Financial Corp.

Interface Financial Corp.

Invoice discounting

Initial Investment: $91K - $142K

# 249
Roosters Men's Grooming Centers

Roosters Men's Grooming Centers

Men's grooming services and products

Initial Investment: $174K - $303K

# 250
Pretzelmaker

Pretzelmaker

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $155K - $238K

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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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