Pizza Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 11
Pizza Hut Inc.

Pizza Hut Inc.

Initial Investment: $297K - $2.1M

# 19
Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy's

Initial Investment: $265K - $446K

# 30
Papa John's Int'l. Inc.

Papa John's Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $130K - $844K

# 81
Marco's Franchising LLC

Marco's Franchising LLC

Initial Investment: $222K - $547K

# 88
Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs

Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs

Initial Investment: $240K - $472K

# 126
Jet's Pizza

Jet's Pizza

Initial Investment: $351K - $615K

# 205
Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.8M

# 244
Villa Italian Kitchen

Villa Italian Kitchen

Initial Investment: $297K - $894K

# 277
Rosati's Pizza

Rosati's Pizza

Initial Investment: $137K - $733K

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# 337
Toppers Pizza

Toppers Pizza

Initial Investment: $263K - $491K

# 389
Fox's Pizza Den

Fox's Pizza Den

Initial Investment: $111K - $210K

# 391
Your Pie

Your Pie

Initial Investment: $312K - $475K

# 479
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

# 480
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

NR
1000 Degrees Pizzeria

1000 Degrees Pizzeria

Initial Investment: $135K - $479K

NR
Ameci Pizza & Pasta

Ameci Pizza & Pasta

Initial Investment: $225K - $325K

NR
Aurelio's Pizza

Aurelio's Pizza

Initial Investment: $864K - $1.2M

NR
Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders Inc.

Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders Inc.

Initial Investment: $279K - $422K

NR
Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza

Initial Investment: $394K - $857K

NR
Blocks Pizza

Blocks Pizza

Initial Investment: $222K - $327K

NR
Buck's Pizza

Buck's Pizza

Initial Investment: $165K - $345K

NR
Captain Tony's Pizza & Pasta Emporium

Captain Tony's Pizza & Pasta Emporium

Initial Investment: $198K - $390K

NR
Cottage Inn Pizza

Cottage Inn Pizza

Initial Investment: $104K - $199K

NR
Donatos Pizza

Donatos Pizza

Initial Investment: $461K - $667K

NR
East of Chicago Pizza

East of Chicago Pizza

Initial Investment: $172K - $472K

NR
Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Initial Investment: $123K - $398K

NR
Flippin' Pizza

Flippin' Pizza

Initial Investment: $221K - $398K

NR
Happy Joe's

Happy Joe's

Initial Investment: $310K - $1M

NR
Happy's Pizza

Happy's Pizza

Initial Investment: $337K - $608K

NR
Italian Joe's

Italian Joe's

Initial Investment: $185K - $475K

NR
LaRosa's Inc.

LaRosa's Inc.

Initial Investment: $821K - $833K

NR
Little Caesars Enterprises Inc.

Little Caesars Enterprises Inc.

Initial Investment: $221K - $654K

NR
NYPD Pizza

NYPD Pizza

Initial Investment: $305K - $790K

NR
Perfect Pizza

Perfect Pizza

Initial Investment: $119K - $409K

NR
Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria

Initial Investment: $243K - $507K

NR
Pizza 9 Franchise System

Pizza 9 Franchise System

Initial Investment: $65K - $354K

NR
Pizza Amore

Pizza Amore

Initial Investment: $55K - $439K

NR
Pizza Rev

Pizza Rev

Initial Investment: $509K - $903K

NR
Pizza Schmizza

Pizza Schmizza

Initial Investment: $91K - $362K

NR
Pizza Studio

Pizza Studio

Initial Investment: $245K - $560K

NR
Red Boy Pizza Franchising Corp.

Red Boy Pizza Franchising Corp.

Initial Investment: $186K - $407K

NR
RedBrick Pizza

RedBrick Pizza

Initial Investment: $197K - $571K

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NR
Romeo's Pizza

Romeo's Pizza

Initial Investment: $98K - $396K

NR
Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Russo's New York Pizzeria Inc.

Initial Investment: $661K - $1.4M

NR
Sam & Louie's

Sam & Louie's

Initial Investment: $328K - $469K

NR
Sid's Pizza

Sid's Pizza

Initial Investment: $228K - $439K

NR
Snappy Tomato Pizza

Snappy Tomato Pizza

Initial Investment: $73K - $142K

NR
zpizza

zpizza

Initial Investment: $249K - $359K

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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.

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