2005 Franchise 500 Rankings

Displaying 1 - 50 of 386
Rank
Franchise
Startup Costs
1
Subway
Subs, salads
$117K - 263K
5
The UPS Store
Postal, business, print and communications services
$168K - 354K
6
Sonic Drive-In Restaurants
Burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, breakfast, ice cream, beverages
$1M - 2M
8
7-Eleven Inc.
Convenience stores
$38K - 1M
9
Dunkin' Donuts
Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods
$217K - 2M
10
RE/MAX LLC
Real estate
$38K - 224K
11
KFC Corp.
Chicken
$1M - 3M
12
ServiceMaster Clean
Commercial/residential cleaning, disaster restoration
$70K - 262K
13
McDonald's
Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages
$989K - 2M
14
Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.
Oil changes, light repairs
$219K - 400K
15
Liberty Tax Service
Tax preparation, electronic filing
$59K - 72K
17
Kumon Math & Reading Centers
Supplemental education
$64K - 134K
18
Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care
$11K - 141K
19
Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.
Commercial cleaning
$4K - 52K
21
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Hotels
$7M - 94M
22
GNC Franchising
Vitamins and nutrition products
$191K - 322K
24
Super 8
Hotels
$134K - 4M
25
Snap-on Tools
Professional tools and equipment
$160K - 316K
26
Jazzercise Inc.
Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories
$4K - 76K
28
Taco Bell
Mexican food
$1M - 3M
29
CleanNet USA Inc.
Commercial cleaning
$10K - 98K
30
Dairy Queen
Ice cream, burgers, chicken
$356K - 2M
31
Baskin-Robbins
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages
$90K - 396K
32
Days Inn
Hotels
$179K - 8M
33
Supercuts
Hair salon
$114K - 234K
34
Servpro
Insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning
$142K - 191K
35
Matco Tools
Mechanics' tools and equipment
$85K - 248K
36
Hampton by Hilton
Midprice hotels
$4M - 14M
37
Great Clips
Hair salon
$122K - 233K
38
Fantastic Sams Hair Salons
Family hair salon
$137K - 262K
40
Midas Int'l. Corp.
Auto repair and maintenance
$184K - 430K
41
ERA Franchise Systems LLC
Real estate
$48K - 210K
42
Orion Food Systems LLC
Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets
$59K - 133K
43
Choice Hotels Int'l.
Hotels
$88K - 13M
44
Help-U-Sell Real Estate
Real estate
$44K - 137K
45
Merry Maids
Residential cleaning
$60K - 186K
46
Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System
Commercial cleaning
$15K - 48K
47
Arby's Restaurant Group Inc.
Sandwiches, fries, salads, shakes
$353K - 2M
48
MRINetwork
Permanent placement and contract staffing
$52K - 787K
49
Papa Murphy's
Take-and-bake pizza
$265K - 446K
50
Budget Blinds Inc.
Window coverings, window film, rugs, accessories
$89K - 187K
51
Sylvan Learning
Supplemental education
$151K - 267K
52
Aaron's
Furniture, electronics, computer and appliance leasing and sales
$276K - 783K
53
WSI Digital Marketing
Internet services
$64K - 172K
54
Denny's Inc.
Family restaurant
$1M - 2M
55
Miracle-Ear Inc.
Hearing instruments
$119K - 288K
56
Line-X Franchising LLC
Spray-on truck bed liners, protective coatings, accessories
$155K - 334K
58
Minuteman Press Int'l. Inc.
Printing, graphics and mailing center
$64K - 185K
59
Cold Stone Creamery
Ice cream, sorbet
$261K - 405K
60
Meineke Car Care Centers
Auto repair and maintenance
$200K - 466K

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