Here's the Top 20 Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year

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This is a snippet of a larger article that originally appeard in a 2016 issue of Entrepreneur.

The franchising business is booming, and nowhere is that more evident than Entrepreneur’s fastest-growing franchises ranking. Growth is the goal of every franchise system, of course, but not all achieve it as successfully as our top performers. 

A total of 105 companies were ranked, represent inga total of 9,695 new franchises opened in North America between July 2014 and July 2015, an almost 32 percent increase from the previous year’s growth. The companies are ranked based on their growth during that time frame, with ties listed alphabetically.

As you look over this listing and take in some words of wisdom from the fastest-growing companies, keep in mind that the ranking is not intended as an endorsement of any particular company. Growth is just one sign of a healthy franchise system, but finding the right opportunity for you requires due diligence. Before investing, always read the company’s legal documents, consult with an attorney and an accountant, and look beyond the numbers by talking to franchisees about their experiences.

Here are the top 20 fastest-growing franchises of the year (click here for the complete list):

1 / 20

Jan-Pro Franchising International

Commercial cleaning 

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #24 
Total franchises/co.-owned: 7,849/0 
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +480



 
2 / 20

Subway

Subs, salads

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #5
Total franchises/co.-owned: 43,916/0
 U.S./Canada franchise growth: +435 

 

3 / 20

Dunkin' Donuts

Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #8
Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,460/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +419

4 / 20

Hardee's

Burgers, chicken, biscuits

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #12
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,894/192
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +325

5 / 20

Jazzercise

Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel and accessories

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #80
Total franchises/co.-owned: 8,697/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +419

6 / 20

Cruise Planners

Travel agency

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #25
Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,071/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +314

7 / 20

Stratus Building Solutions

Commercial cleaning

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #236
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,384/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +297

8 / 20

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Gourmet sandwiches

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #1
Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,238/48
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +296

9 / 20

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Burgers

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #54
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,257/238
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +221

10 / 20

Anytime Fitness

Fitness center

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #10
Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,004/36
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +202

11 / 20

Planet Fitness

Fitness club

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #95
Total franchises/co.-owned: 956/58
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +183

12 / 20

Supercuts

Hair salon

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #3
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,493/1,070
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +180

13 / 20

Great Clips

Hair salon

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #28
Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,694/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +176

14 / 20

Sport Clips

Men's sports-theme hair salon

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #16
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,373/32
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +164

15 / 20

Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #26
Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,109/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +163

16 / 20

Jersey Mike's Subs

Subs

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #66
Total franchises/co.-owned: 928/38
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +159

17 / 20

RE/MAX

Real estate

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #21
Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,824/15
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +158

18 / 20

Orangetheory Fitness

Group personal training

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #255
Total franchises/co.-owned: 260/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +148

19 / 20

HomeVestors of America

Home buying, repair and selling

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #91
Total franchises/co.-owned: 605/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +128

20 / 20

Kona Ice

Shaved-ice truck

2016 Franchise 500 rank: #77
Total franchises/co.-owned: 667/10
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +126

Here's the Top 20 Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year

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