2009
Franchise 500 Ranking

Forty years after the very first Franchise 500 ranking, the franchise industry is still going strong and more competitive than ever. More than 1,000 companies applied for this year's ranking, and those that rose to the top reveal the latest trends as well as the companies that continue to evolve to keep going strong year after year. Understanding the Ranking.

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RANK
FRANCHISE
INVESTMENT
# 1
Subway
$140K - $342K
# 2
McDonald's
$1.3M - $2.2M
# 3
Liberty Tax Service
$59K - $72K
# 4
Sonic Drive-In
$1.2M - $3.5M
# 5
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
$7.5M - $98.5M
# 6
Ace Hardware
$286K - $2.1M
# 7
Pizza Hut LLC
$357K - $2.2M
# 8
The UPS Store
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$138K - $470K
# 9
Circle K
$189K - $1.9M
# 10
Papa John's Int'l. Inc.
$130K - $844K
# 11
Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.
$207K - $500K
# 12
Instant Tax Service
$39K - $89K
# 13
Baskin-Robbins
$94K - $402K
# 14
KFC US LLC
$1.4M - $2.8M
# 15
Jani-King
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$13K - $93K
# 16
Dairy Queen
$1.1M - $1.8M
# 17
Super 8 by Wyndham
$232K - $4.7M
# 18
Arby's
$321K - $2M
# 19
Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.
$4K - $55K
# 20
Taco Bell
$526K - $3M
# 21
Hampton by Hilton
$7.7M - $20.3M
# 22
Days Inn by Wyndham
$293K - $8.3M
# 23
GNC Franchising
$150K - $389K
# 24
Snap Fitness Inc.
$154K - $530K
# 25
Denny's Inc.
$228K - $2.5M
# 26
Hardee's Restaurants LLC
$1.5M - $2M
# 27
Kumon Math & Reading Centers
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$73K - $155K
# 28
Servpro
$160K - $214K
# 29
Supercuts
$151K - $321K
# 30
7-Eleven Inc.
$47K - $1.2M
# 31
Midas Int'l. LLC
$192K - $460K
# 32
Long John Silver's Restaurants Inc.
$833K - $1.4M
# 33
ServiceMaster Clean/ServiceMaster Restore
$94K - $294K
# 34
Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc.
$39K - $181K
# 35
ampm
$440K - $10.4M
# 36
Dunkin'
$396K - $1.6M
# 37
Snap-on Tools
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$172K - $375K
# 38
Stratus Building Solutions
$4K - $73K
# 39
Matco Tools
$93K - $273K
# 40
Edible
$174K - $373K
# 41
Domino's Pizza LLC
$120K - $462K
# 42
Jazzercise Inc.
$2K - $17K
# 43
Vanguard Cleaning Systems
$6K - $37K
# 44
RE/MAX LLC
$40K - $284K
# 45
Bonus Building Care
$9K - $42K
# 46
Cold Stone Creamery
$53K - $469K
# 47
Anytime Fitness
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$77K - $521K
# 48
The Maids
$63K - $141K
# 49
Choice Hotels Int'l.
$88K - $13.2M
# 50
Quiznos Sub
$183K - $231K
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