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
# 301
FirstLight HomeCare

FirstLight HomeCare

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $87K - $131K

# 302
9Round-30 min Kickbox Fitness

9Round-30 min Kickbox Fitness

Kickboxing fitness programs

Initial Investment: $58K - $93K

# 303
Philly Pretzel Factory

Philly Pretzel Factory

Pretzels

Initial Investment: $119K - $379K

# 304
Color Glo Int'l.

Color Glo Int'l.

Leather, vinyl, fabric, carpet and surface repair and restoration

Initial Investment: $56K - $61K

# 305
Go Mini's Portable Storage & Moving

Go Mini's Portable Storage & Moving

Portable storage containers

Initial Investment: $208K - $397K

# 306
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Self-serve frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $283K - $468K

# 307
Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals

Recreational rentals

Initial Investment: $46K - $230K

# 308
College Hunks Hauling Junk/College Hunks Moving

College Hunks Hauling Junk/College Hunks Moving

Junk removal, moving and labor services

Initial Investment: $95K - $208K

# 309
Interim Healthcare

Interim Healthcare

Medical home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $124K - $197K

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# 310
PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers

Packing, shipping, printing, signs, marketing solutions

Initial Investment: $170K - $212K

# 311
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Tutoring and test prep

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

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# 312
Great Wraps Grill

Great Wraps Grill

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

Initial Investment: $160K - $486K

# 313
Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Dog training

Initial Investment: $51K - $124K

# 314
Mooyah Franchise LLC

Mooyah Franchise LLC

Burgers, fries, shakes

Initial Investment: $383K - $598K

# 315
Five Star Painting

Five Star Painting

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $55K - $129K

# 316
Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club

Membership boat club

Initial Investment: $144K - $179K

# 317
Pak Mail

Pak Mail

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

Initial Investment: $134K - $180K

# 318
Rosati's Pizza

Rosati's Pizza

Pizza, Italian food

Initial Investment: $137K - $733K

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# 319
UFC Gym

UFC Gym

Fitness, boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes

Initial Investment: $390K - $891K

# 320
Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Ad agency specializing in outdoor media

Initial Investment: $44K - $69K

# 321
Togo's Franchisor LLC

Togo's Franchisor LLC

Specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps

Initial Investment: $240K - $501K

# 322
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Lease-to-own and retail wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 323
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Chocolates, confections

Initial Investment: $116K - $499K

# 324
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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# 325
Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery Cafe

Breads, salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods

Initial Investment: $843K - $2.4M

# 326
Senior Helpers

Senior Helpers

Personal, companion and Alzheimer's home care

Initial Investment: $81K - $117K

# 327
Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hotels

Initial Investment: $134K - $2.6M

# 328
Pancheros Mexican Grill

Pancheros Mexican Grill

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $374K - $863K

# 329
Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

Chicken wings, burgers, salads, steaks

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $3.3M

# 330
LaVida Massage

LaVida Massage

Massage and spa services

Initial Investment: $162K - $358K

# 331
Studio 6

Studio 6

Extended-stay lodging

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $4.5M

# 332
Zoup! Systems LLC

Zoup! Systems LLC

Soups, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $321K - $589K

# 333
Lenny's Sub Shop

Lenny's Sub Shop

Subs, philly cheesesteaks, salads

Initial Investment: $140K - $355K

# 334
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 335
Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes

Educational sports programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $56K

# 336
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition products, weight-loss consulting, athletic apparel

Initial Investment: $131K - $281K

# 337
Hallmark Homecare Inc.

Hallmark Homecare Inc.

Caregiver search, recruitment and placement

Initial Investment: $33K - $46K

# 338
PrideStaff

PrideStaff

Staffing

Initial Investment: $148K - $208K

# 339
Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Concrete landscape edging, walkways, stepping stones, custom boulder signage

Initial Investment: $56K - $130K

# 340
Precision Concrete Cutting

Precision Concrete Cutting

Uneven-sidewalk repair

Initial Investment: $150K - $177K

# 341
Decor Group Inc., The

Decor Group Inc., The

Holiday and event lighting

Initial Investment: $18K - $60K

# 342
Fox's Pizza Den

Fox's Pizza Den

Pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $111K - $210K

# 343
Closets By Design Franchising

Closets By Design Franchising

Custom closet and home/office organization systems

Initial Investment: $126K - $297K

# 344
Ziebart

Ziebart

Auto appearance and protection services

Initial Investment: $172K - $331K

# 345
Yesco

Yesco

Sign and lighting services

Initial Investment: $64K - $350K

# 346
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Plumbing service, repair, maintenance

Initial Investment: $82K - $414K

# 347
KidzArt

KidzArt

Art-education programs, products and services

Initial Investment: $36K - $44K

# 348
Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

Medical/nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $106K - $159K

# 349
Billy Sims BBQ

Billy Sims BBQ

Barbecue

Initial Investment: $169K - $433K

# 350
Happy's Pizza

Happy's Pizza

Pizza, ribs, chicken, seafood

Initial Investment: $337K - $608K

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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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