2005 Franchise 500 Rankings

Displaying 1 - 50 of 384
Rank
Franchise
Startup Costs
1
Subway
Subs, salads
$117K - 263K
5
The UPS Store
Postal, business and communications services
$150K - 420K
6
Sonic Drive-In Restaurants
Burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, breakfast, beverages
$1M - 2M
8
7-Eleven Inc.
Convenience stores
$37K - 2M
9
Dunkin' Donuts
Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods
$216K - 2M
10
RE/MAX LLC
Real estate
$38K - 259K
11
KFC Corp.
Chicken
$1M - 3M
12
ServiceMaster Clean
Commercial/residential cleaning, disaster restoration
$50K - 181K
13
McDonald's
Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages
$1M - 2M
14
Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.
Oil changes
$221K - 400K
15
Liberty Tax Service
Tax preparation, electronic filing
$58K - 72K
17
Kumon Math & Reading Centers
Supplemental education
$72K - 149K
18
Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care
$40K - 140K
19
Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.
Commercial cleaning
$3K - 51K
21
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
Hotels
$7M - 94M
22
GNC Franchising
Vitamins and nutrition products
$168K - 295K
24
Super 8
Hotels
$176K - 4M
25
Snap-on Tools
Professional tools and equipment
$153K - 319K
26
Jazzercise Inc.
Dance-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
$362K - 2M
31
Baskin-Robbins
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages
$103K - 389K
32
Days Inn
Hotels
$199K - 7M
33
Supercuts
Hair salon
$114K - 234K
34
Servpro
Insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning
$139K - 187K
35
Matco Tools
Mechanics' tools and equipment
$94K - 249K
36
Hampton Hotels
Midprice hotels
$4M - 14M
37
Great Clips
Hair salon
$114K - 216K
38
Fantastic Sams Hair Salons
Family hair salon
$136K - 246K
40
Midas Int'l. Corp.
Auto repair and maintenance
$203K - 425K
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 - 88K
46
Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System
Commercial cleaning
$14K - 48K
47
Arby's Restaurant Group Inc.
Sandwiches, fries, salads, shakes
$353K - 2M
48
MRINetwork
Permanent placement and contract staffing
$74K - 99K
49
Papa Murphy's
Take-and-bake pizza
$226K - 414K
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 - 3M
55
Miracle-Ear Inc.
Hearing instruments
$119K - 288K
56
Line-X Franchising LLC
Spray-on truck bed liners, protective coatings, accessories
$164K - 333K
58
Minuteman Press Int'l. Inc.
Printing, graphics and mailing center
$64K - 186K
59
Cold Stone Creamery
Ice cream, sorbet
$277K - 464K
60
Meineke Car Care Centers
Auto repair and maintenance
$173K - 452K

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