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
# 401
Furniture Medic

Furniture Medic

Furniture and wood restoration, repair and refinishing

Initial Investment: $55K - $74K

# 402
uBreakiFix

uBreakiFix

Electronics repairs

Initial Investment: $75K - $166K

# 403
Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness

Group personal training

Initial Investment: $438K - $772K

# 404
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 405
Pro Martial Arts Franchise Corp.

Pro Martial Arts Franchise Corp.

Martial-arts instruction, fitness

Initial Investment: $143K - $200K

# 406
Mosquito Joe

Mosquito Joe

Outdoor pest control

Initial Investment: $63K - $126K

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# 407
Woodhouse Day Spa, The

Woodhouse Day Spa, The

Spa services and treatments, bath, body and wellness products

Initial Investment: $498K - $692K

# 408
Quesada Burritos - Tacos

Quesada Burritos - Tacos

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $161K - $239K

# 409
Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Child care

Initial Investment: $634K - $4M

# 410
HandyPro Int'l. LLC

HandyPro Int'l. LLC

Handyman and home-modification services

Initial Investment: $71K - $129K

# 411
Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Massage and spa services

Initial Investment: $407K - $522K

# 412
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Sports-theme restaurant and bar

Initial Investment: $1.5M - $1.8M

# 413
CEO Focus

CEO Focus

Peer consulting groups for small-business owners

Initial Investment: $42K - $63K

# 414
Granny Nannies Licensing Group LLC

Granny Nannies Licensing Group LLC

Home care

Initial Investment: $60K - $100K

# 415
Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Realty

Real Estate

Initial Investment: $175K - $328K

# 416
Mainstream Boutique

Mainstream Boutique

Women's clothing, accessories, gifts

Initial Investment: $49K - $170K

# 417
Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Initial Investment: $12K - $22K

# 418
Savory Spice Shop

Savory Spice Shop

Spices, seasonings, extracts, sauce mixes

Initial Investment: $187K - $310K

# 419
EarthWise Pet Supply

EarthWise Pet Supply

Pet food and supplies, grooming and self-wash services

Initial Investment: $209K - $474K

# 420
Sports Image

Sports Image

Sports marketing for high schools and organizations

Initial Investment: $15K - $39K

# 421
Waiting Game, The

Waiting Game, The

Free monthly waiting-room publication

Initial Investment: $9K - $11K

# 422
Above Grade Level In-Home Tutoring

Above Grade Level In-Home Tutoring

Tutoring

Initial Investment: $52K - $77K

# 423
Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette

Paint-and-sip studio

Initial Investment: $74K - $194K

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# 424
TGA Premier Youth Tennis

TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Youth tennis programs

Initial Investment: $16K - $67K

# 425
Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $229K - $279K

# 426
Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters

Technology consulting and services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $32K - $48K

# 427
Mr. Rooter

Mr. Rooter

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Initial Investment: $74K - $187K

# 428
fab'rik

fab'rik

Women's clothing

Initial Investment: $114K - $191K

# 429
Zoom Room

Zoom Room

Indoor dog training and socialization, pet products

Initial Investment: $133K - $309K

# 430
NZone Sports of America Inc.

NZone Sports of America Inc.

Sports leagues and camps for ages 3 to 18

Initial Investment: $41K - $56K

# 431
Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc., The

Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co. Inc., The

Ice cream, frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $145K - $457K

# 432
Tide Dry Cleaners

Tide Dry Cleaners

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $633K - $1.5M

# 433
Labor Finders

Labor Finders

Industrial staffing

Initial Investment: $120K - $207K

# 434
British Swim School USA

British Swim School USA

Swimming lessons for ages 3 months and older

Initial Investment: $75K - $113K

# 435
Exercise Coach, The

Exercise Coach, The

Personal training, nutritional guidance

Initial Investment: $107K - $246K

# 436
Red Mango - Yogurt Cafe & Juice Bar

Red Mango - Yogurt Cafe & Juice Bar

Frozen yogurt, smoothies, juices, wraps

Initial Investment: $193K - $501K

# 437
Taste of Mediterranean

Taste of Mediterranean

Greek and Middle Eastern food

Initial Investment: $99K - $287K

# 438
Tippi Toes Inc.

Tippi Toes Inc.

Children's dance classes

Initial Investment: $52K - $63K

# 439
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

Japanese barbeque restaurant

Initial Investment: $782K - $2.1M

# 440
SuperGreen Solutions

SuperGreen Solutions

Energy-efficiency products and services

Initial Investment: $115K - $175K

# 441
Great Play Children's Gyms

Great Play Children's Gyms

Children's gyms

Initial Investment: $189K - $427K

# 442
Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Prenatal and postnatal fitness; women's private and small-group training

Initial Investment: $5K - $10K

# 443
VivoPools

VivoPools

Pool and spa services, repairs, remodeling

Initial Investment: $14K - $64K

# 444
Imagination Yoga

Imagination Yoga

Yoga programs for children

Initial Investment: $7K - $13K

# 445
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 446
Spherion Staffing

Spherion Staffing

Staffing, recruiting

Initial Investment: $100K - $168K

# 447
Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Home maintenance and repairs

Initial Investment: $103K - $132K

# 448
360clean

360clean

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $14K - $21K

# 449
Dentist's Choice, The

Dentist's Choice, The

Dental-handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $54K - $59K

# 450
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

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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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