The Top 10 Franchises of 2015

2015 Top Global Franchises

While Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® focuses on U.S.-based franchises, the appeal of franchising goes well beyond our borders. If you've been thinking about buying a franchise--in the U.S. or any other country--consider this list of the top ranking 200 Franchise 500 companies that are seeking international franchisees. About the Top Global Franchises.

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 1
Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Fitness centers

Initial Investment: $63K - $418K

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# 2
7-Eleven Inc.

7-Eleven Inc.

Convenience stores

Initial Investment: $38K - $1.1M

# 3
Subway

Subway

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $117K - $263K

# 4
Pizza Hut Inc.

Pizza Hut Inc.

Pizza, pasta, wings

Initial Investment: $297K - $2.1M

# 5
Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels

Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels

Initial Investment: $196K - $370K

# 6
KFC Corp.

KFC Corp.

Chicken

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $2.5M

# 7
McDonald's

McDonald's

Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages

Initial Investment: $989K - $2.2M

# 8
GNC Franchising

GNC Franchising

Vitamins and nutrition products

Initial Investment: $191K - $322K

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# 9
Circle K

Circle K

Convenience stores

Initial Investment: $211K - $1.6M

# 10
Papa John's Int'l. Inc.

Papa John's Int'l. Inc.

Pizza

Initial Investment: $130K - $844K

# 11
Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages

Initial Investment: $90K - $396K

# 12
Super 8

Super 8

Hotels

Initial Investment: $134K - $4.3M

# 13
Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.

Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $4K - $52K

# 14
Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

Initial Investment: $217K - $1.6M

# 15
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.

Doughnuts, coffee

Initial Investment: $275K - $1.9M

# 16
Days Inn

Days Inn

Hotels

Initial Investment: $179K - $7.7M

# 17
Cinnabon

Cinnabon

Cinnamon rolls, baked goods, coffee

Initial Investment: $181K - $388K

# 18
H&R Block

H&R Block

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $32K - $149K

# 19
Hardee's

Hardee's

Burgers, chicken, biscuits

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $1.9M

# 20
Denny's Inc.

Denny's Inc.

Family restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.2M - $2.1M

# 21
Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools

Professional tools and equipment

Initial Investment: $160K - $316K

# 22
UPS Store, The

UPS Store, The

Postal, business, printing and communications services

Initial Investment: $168K - $354K

# 23
Ace Hardware Corp.

Ace Hardware Corp.

Hardware and home-improvement store

Initial Investment: $239K - $1.6M

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# 24
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Hotels

Initial Investment: $7.2M - $94M

# 25
ServiceMaster Clean

ServiceMaster Clean

Commercial/residential cleaning, disaster restoration

Initial Investment: $70K - $262K

# 26
Taco Bell

Taco Bell

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $1.2M - $2.6M

# 27
Snap Fitness Inc.

Snap Fitness Inc.

24-hour fitness centers

Initial Investment: $110K - $286K

# 28
Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery

Ice cream, sorbet

Initial Investment: $261K - $405K

# 29
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Ice cream, burgers, chicken

Initial Investment: $356K - $1.8M

# 30
Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $11K - $36K

# 31
Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.

Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.

Oil changes, light repairs

Initial Investment: $219K - $400K

# 32
Pita Pit Inc.

Pita Pit Inc.

Pita sandwiches

Initial Investment: $166K - $323K

# 33
Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care

Nonmedical senior care

Initial Investment: $102K - $118K

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# 34
Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Burgers

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $1.9M

# 35
Jazzercise Inc.

Jazzercise Inc.

Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories

Initial Investment: $4K - $76K

# 36
Signarama

Signarama

Signs

Initial Investment: $97K - $248K

# 37
Church's Chicken

Church's Chicken

Chicken

Initial Investment: $413K - $1.3M

# 38
Yogen Fruz

Yogen Fruz

Frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream

Initial Investment: $136K - $472K

# 39
Menchie's

Menchie's

Self-serve frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $218K - $385K

# 40
Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton

Midprice hotels

Initial Investment: $3.8M - $14.1M

# 41
Ramada Worldwide

Ramada Worldwide

Hotels

Initial Investment: $196K - $13.1M

# 42
Great Clips

Great Clips

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $122K - $233K

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# 43
Edible Arrangements Int'l. LLC

Edible Arrangements Int'l. LLC

Sculpted fresh-fruit bouquets

Initial Investment: $193K - $326K

# 44
RE/MAX LLC

RE/MAX LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $38K - $280K

# 45
JEI Learning Centers

JEI Learning Centers

Individualized supplemental education

Initial Investment: $61K - $100K

# 46
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 47
InXpress

InXpress

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $55K - $160K

# 48
Interim Healthcare

Interim Healthcare

Medical home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $124K - $197K

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# 49
Budget Blinds Inc.

Budget Blinds Inc.

Window coverings, window film, rugs, accessories

Initial Investment: $89K - $187K

# 50
Nutty Scientists

Nutty Scientists

Science education and entertainment programs

Initial Investment: $40K - $55K

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About the Top Global Franchises

Franchising is part of the international business lexicon. Even if people in China or India or Brazil aren't familiar with the word "franchise," it's a sure bet they're familiar with McDonald's, Subway, KFC and hundreds of other U.S.- and Canada-based franchises that have international appeal.

If you've been thinking about buying a franchise--in the U.S. or any other country--consider this ranking of the top 200 North American franchisors that are seeking international franchisees. To compile this ranking, we took each company's 2015 Franchise 500® score, then adjusted it to give extra weight to international size and growth.

This ranking is not intended to endorse, recommend or promote any particular franchise. Rather, it's a research tool you can use to compare franchises. It's imperative that you conduct an in-depth investigation--including consulting an attorney and an accountant, reading all literature and disclosure documents provided by the franchisor, and visiting existing franchise locations to speak with current franchisees--before investing in any franchise opportunity.

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