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
# 351
Tutoring Center, The

Tutoring Center, The

Tutoring

Initial Investment: $89K - $131K

# 352
Phenix Salon Suites Franchising LLC

Phenix Salon Suites Franchising LLC

Salon suites

Initial Investment: $283K - $938K

# 353
Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate

Young-adult-clothing resale store

Initial Investment: $262K - $385K

# 354
Seva Beauty

Seva Beauty

Threading, eyelash extensions, waxing, spa services and products

Initial Investment: $114K - $200K

# 355
Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $193K - $506K

# 356
Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Grout, tile, stone and wood restoration

Initial Investment: $94K - $144K

# 357
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $23K - $55K

# 358
Decorating Den Interiors

Decorating Den Interiors

Interior decorating services and products

Initial Investment: $56K - $80K

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# 359
Paul Davis Restoration

Paul Davis Restoration

Insurance restoration

Initial Investment: $183K - $357K

# 360
Groucho's Deli

Groucho's Deli

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $70K - $362K

# 361
Brickhouse Cardio Club

Brickhouse Cardio Club

Fitness studios

Initial Investment: $22K - $39K

# 362
RimTyme

RimTyme

Rent-to-own custom wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $321K - $684K

# 363
Counter Custom Built Burgers, The

Counter Custom Built Burgers, The

Build-your-own-burger restaurant

Initial Investment: $751K - $2.5M

# 364
East Coast Wings Corp.

East Coast Wings Corp.

Buffalo wings

Initial Investment: $659K - $1.1M

# 365
National Property Inspections, Inc.

National Property Inspections, Inc.

Home and commercial property inspections

Initial Investment: $43K - $47K

# 366
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Development/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 367
Pro-Cuts Sport

Pro-Cuts Sport

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $168K - $259K

# 368
Zippy Shell Self Storage & Moving

Zippy Shell Self Storage & Moving

Mobile self-storage and moving services

Initial Investment: $505K - $891K

# 369
Restoration 1

Restoration 1

Insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning

Initial Investment: $68K - $154K

# 370
Happy & Healthy Products Inc.

Happy & Healthy Products Inc.

Frozen fruit bars

Initial Investment: $37K - $116K

# 371
Safe Ship

Safe Ship

Packing, shipping, office supplies, freight

Initial Investment: $60K - $149K

# 372
Elevation Burger

Elevation Burger

Organic burgers, fries, shakes

Initial Investment: $409K - $822K

# 373
MassageLuXe

MassageLuXe

Therapeutic massage, facials, waxing

Initial Investment: $215K - $400K

# 374
Sub Zero Ice Cream

Sub Zero Ice Cream

Ice cream, yogurt, custard, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $381K

# 375
Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Printing, marketing and mail services

Initial Investment: $162K - $593K

# 376
Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Breakfast, brunch and lunch cafe

Initial Investment: $460K - $1.1M

# 377
Homes & Land

Homes & Land

Real-estate marketing magazine

Initial Investment: $47K - $127K

# 378
Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Home care

Initial Investment: $59K - $102K

# 379
You've Got Maids

You've Got Maids

Environmentally friendly residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $34K - $109K

# 380
BlueGrace Logistics

BlueGrace Logistics

Transportation management

Initial Investment: $40K - $181K

# 381
Hooters Restaurant

Hooters Restaurant

Casual restaurant

Initial Investment: $907K - $3.2M

# 382
Kosama

Kosama

Group fitness

Initial Investment: $67K - $229K

# 383
Renew Crew

Renew Crew

Environmentally friendly exterior surface cleaning and protection

Initial Investment: $44K - $70K

# 384
AtWork Group

AtWork Group

Temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire staffing

Initial Investment: $100K - $175K

# 385
Let's Yo!

Let's Yo!

Self-serve frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $356K - $549K

# 386
Hurricane Grill & Wings

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Chicken wings, sandwiches, salads

Initial Investment: $450K - $895K

# 387
BookKeeping Express

BookKeeping Express

Bookkeeping

Initial Investment: $39K - $55K

# 388
Toppers Pizza

Toppers Pizza

Pizza, breadsticks, wings

Initial Investment: $263K - $491K

# 389
Bahama Buck's Original Shaved Ice Co.

Bahama Buck's Original Shaved Ice Co.

Shaved ice, fruit smoothies

Initial Investment: $223K - $721K

# 390
Dogtopia

Dogtopia

Dog daycare, boarding, training, spa services

Initial Investment: $338K - $680K

# 391
HuHot Mongolian Grills

HuHot Mongolian Grills

Mongolian grill restaurant

Initial Investment: $777K - $977K

# 392
Enviro-Master Franchise LLC

Enviro-Master Franchise LLC

Restroom hygiene products and services

Initial Investment: $156K - $283K

# 393
Jantize America

Jantize America

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $207K

# 394
Repower by Solar Universe

Repower by Solar Universe

Solar-panel and smart home technology sales and installation

Initial Investment: $104K - $348K

# 395
Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Family sports restaurant

Initial Investment: $257K - $867K

# 396
Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $446K - $675K

# 397
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Trampoline playing court

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.7M

# 398
Expense Reduction Analysts Inc.

Expense Reduction Analysts Inc.

Cost-management consulting

Initial Investment: $66K - $86K

# 399
Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads

Initial Investment: $196K - $427K

# 400
Crunch Franchising LLC

Crunch Franchising LLC

Fitness centers

Initial Investment: $305K - $1.4M

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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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