Retail Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 7
7-Eleven Inc.

7-Eleven Inc.

Initial Investment: $38K - $1.1M

# 14
Ace Hardware Corp.

Ace Hardware Corp.

Initial Investment: $239K - $1.6M

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# 15
GNC Franchising

GNC Franchising

Initial Investment: $191K - $322K

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# 17
UPS Store, The

UPS Store, The

Initial Investment: $168K - $354K

# 20
Aaron's

Aaron's

Initial Investment: $276K - $783K

# 22
Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools

Initial Investment: $160K - $316K

# 35
Edible Arrangements Int'l. LLC

Edible Arrangements Int'l. LLC

Initial Investment: $193K - $326K

# 36
Circle K

Circle K

Initial Investment: $211K - $1.6M

# 37
Matco Tools

Matco Tools

Initial Investment: $85K - $248K

# 44
Miracle-Ear Inc.

Miracle-Ear Inc.

Initial Investment: $119K - $288K

# 47
Budget Blinds Inc.

Budget Blinds Inc.

Initial Investment: $89K - $187K

# 75
Batteries Plus Bulbs

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Initial Investment: $215K - $389K

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# 78
Rent-A-Center

Rent-A-Center

Initial Investment: $355K - $582K

# 105
Plato's Closet

Plato's Closet

Initial Investment: $231K - $398K

# 108
ampm

ampm

Initial Investment: $1.8M - $7.9M

# 115
Pearle Vision

Pearle Vision

Initial Investment: $410K - $614K

# 118
Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Initial Investment: $56K - $502K

# 130
EmbroidMe

EmbroidMe

Initial Investment: $94K - $256K

# 132
Once Upon A Child

Once Upon A Child

Initial Investment: $245K - $377K

# 144
Wild Birds Unlimited

Wild Birds Unlimited

Initial Investment: $123K - $192K

# 156
Cellairis Franchise Inc.

Cellairis Franchise Inc.

Initial Investment: $145K - $196K

# 161
Cartridge World

Cartridge World

Initial Investment: $69K - $151K

# 184
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 200
Pet Supplies Plus

Pet Supplies Plus

Initial Investment: $549K - $1.1M

# 217
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 224
Fleet Feet Sports

Fleet Feet Sports

Initial Investment: $180K - $338K

# 234
Pro Image Sports

Pro Image Sports

Initial Investment: $156K - $537K

# 260
Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor

Initial Investment: $162K - $259K

# 279
Mighty Distributing System

Mighty Distributing System

Initial Investment: $134K - $302K

# 281
Wireless Zone

Wireless Zone

Initial Investment: $127K - $393K

# 282
Floor Coverings International

Floor Coverings International

Initial Investment: $138K - $310K

# 285
Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops

Initial Investment: $174K - $280K

# 303
Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid

Initial Investment: $249K - $373K

# 319
Flower Tent

Flower Tent

Initial Investment: $26K - $67K

# 323
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 327
Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

Initial Investment: $242K - $393K

# 330
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 351
Apricot Lane

Apricot Lane

Initial Investment: $131K - $410K

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# 355
Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate

Initial Investment: $262K - $385K

# 361
Mainstream Boutique

Mainstream Boutique

Initial Investment: $49K - $170K

# 384
Woodhouse Day Spa, The

Woodhouse Day Spa, The

Initial Investment: $498K - $692K

# 412
Spice & Tea Exchange, The

Spice & Tea Exchange, The

Initial Investment: $190K - $292K

# 419
fab'rik

fab'rik

Initial Investment: $114K - $191K

# 424
Destination Athlete LLC

Destination Athlete LLC

Initial Investment: $34K - $139K

# 447
ProSource Wholesale

ProSource Wholesale

Initial Investment: $565K - $593K

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# 449
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 475
Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Initial Investment: $40K - $202K

# 481
Fresh Healthy Vending

Fresh Healthy Vending

Initial Investment: $121K - $206K

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'Til We Meet Again

'Til We Meet Again

Initial Investment: $85K - $219K

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Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve

Initial Investment: $171K - $351K

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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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