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Company Name

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Since

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Units

Cash
Investment

Total
Investment

Royalty
Fee

Financing
Available

Growth Prospect

Marketing Support

Training

Ongoing Support

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Leaders

1

Days Inn Worldwide Parsippany, NJ

Gus Stamoutsos
800-758-8999
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1970

1,857

$65K

$394.7 - 5,725.6K

5-4%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%

NC

 
Strong Performers

4

Anago Cleaning Systems Fort Lauderdale, FL

Judy Walker
800-213-5857
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1989

2,400

Master $59k; Unit $1k - $25K

Master $154k - $257k; Unit$4,590 - $32,248

5%

Yes

 

98

 

100

 

99

 

98

 

100

99%

NC

 

6

Grease Monkey Franchising Greenwood Village, CO

Jeff King
303-308-1660
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1978

270+

$30K

$164,195 - 319,850K

5%

Yes

 

99

 

98

 

97

 

100

 

98

98.4%

NC

 
Contenders

7

1978

Nearly 3,500

$30,000

$13,300 - $155,534

$392.73/Mo.

Yes

 

98

 

96

 

99

 

98

 

100

98.2%

NC

 

9

Caring Hearts Home Care, LLC. New Port Richey, Florida

Tara Payne
1-866-945-7540
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2005

300

$10,000

$4,999 - $6,850

None

Yes

 

95

 

98

 

97

 

99

 

98

97.4%

NC

 

10

Del Taco Lake Forest, CA

David Jameson
949-462-7379
More info

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1964

254

$500,000

$767,000 - $1,640,500

5%

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

99

 

96

97.2%
Increased +84

+84

 

11

7-Eleven Convenience Stores Dallas, TX

Joe DePinto
800-782-0711
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1964

6500

Varies by store

Varies by store

Varies

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

98

 

96

97%

NC

 

13

Parisi Speed School Wyckoff, NJ

George Stephens
201-847-1939
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2005

90

$20-30K

$79 - 171.3K

$1,200 per month

Yes

 

98

 

97

 

96

 

95

 

97

96.6%

NC

 

15

Great American Cookies Atlanta, GA

Mary Coots
877-639-2361
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1977

296

$100,000

$178,350 - $280,350

6%

Yes

 

95

 

95

 

96

 

95

 

97

95.6%
Increased +67

+67

 

16

MY SALON Suite Metairie, LA

Collen O'Brien
317-849-1648
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2012

31

$150,000

$503,500 - $869,500

5.5%

Yes

 

96

 

93

 

97

 

96

 

95

95.4%

NC

 

18

Tim Hortons Wilmington, DE

Ron Joyce
302-636-5400
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1964

34

$55,000 - $163,000

$46,100 - $498,300

4.5%

Yes

 

96

 

96

 

94

 

93

 

94

94.6%
Increased +14

+14

 

19

Vanguard Cleaning Systems San Mateo, CA

Ray C. Lee
650-287-2411
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1984

2,946

$2,500 - $28,700

$9,850 - $35,830

10%

Yes

 

93

 

96

 

96

 

94

 

93

94.4%
Increased +27

+27

 

20

360Clean Daniel Island, SC

Teri Bradshaw
843-522-0116
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2005

72

$5,000

$9.35 - 15.55K

10%

Yes

 

90

 

95

 

96

 

96

 

94

94.2%
Increased +38

+38

 

21

Maaco Franchising Charlotte, NC

Rob Cambruzzi
704-858-0729
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1972

460

$5,995

$250,000-$300,000

8%

Yes

 

93

 

95

 

95

 

92

 

95

94%
Increased +1

+1

 

22

Acti-Kare Tampa, FL

Dana Hansen
888-451-5273
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2011

82

$24,500

$35 - 55K

3-5%

Yes

 

94

 

94

 

93

 

93

 

95

93.8%
Increased +4

+4

 

23

Circle K Tempe, AZ

Larry Dowdy
714-337-3404
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1951

8,277

$100,000

$211,450 - $1,602,450

3.7-5.5%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

94

 

94

 

92

93.2%
Decreased -4

-4

 

24

Curves Carlsbad, CA

Gary Heavin
570-708-8780
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2005

935

$30-35k

$115.6 - 243.2K

5-7%

Yes

 

94

 

92

 

93

 

92

 

94

93%
Increased +65

+65

 

25

Great Harvest Franchising, Inc. Dillon, MT

Heidi Melendez
406-683-1646
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1978

212

$38,000

$192,411 - $482,776

4%-7%

Yes

 

92

 

93

 

92

 

94

 

92

92.6%

NC

 

26

Hertz Oklahoma City, OK

Laura Gibbons
800-532-3401
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1997

153

$75K

$33.8 - 51.1K

7%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

87

 

94

 

94

92.2%
Increased +51

+51

 

27

Hardee's St. Louis, MO

Ned Lyerly
314-259-6413
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1961

1,589

$35,000

$1,038,374 - $2,217,366

5%

Yes

 

92

 

91

 

91

 

93

 

91

91.6%
Increased +26

+26

 

28

Wendy's Dublin, OH

Emil J. Brolick
614-764-3100
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1969

6,600

$35K

$250 - 600K

5%

Yes

 

93

 

93

 

90

 

90

 

91

91.4%
Increased +23

+23

 

29

Baskin Robbins Canton, MA

Irvine Robbins
781-737-3000
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1967

7,000

$20K

$125 - 250K

5.9%

Yes

 

93

 

90

 

90

 

93

 

90

91.2%
Increased +45

+45

 

31

Costa Vida Restaurants Lehi, UT

Sarah Gardner
801-797-2374
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2003

100+

$223K

$82874K

7%

Yes

 

91

 

90

 

91

 

90

 

92

90.8%
Increased +55

+55

 

33

BounceU Tempe, AZ

Rick Howard
480-371-1235
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2003

46

$200,000

$352,250 - $769,100

6%

Yes

 

92

 

91

 

87

 

91

 

90

90.2%

NC

 

34

Ziebart Troy, MI

Mike Riley
800-877-1312
More info

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1963

400

$100,000

$167,000 - $326,000

5-8%

Yes

 

91

 

90

 

90

 

87

 

91

89.8%
Increased +32

+32

 

35

Jiffy Lube Houston, TX

Steven Ledbetter
800-344-6933
More info

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1979

769

$27-95K

$330.5 - 519.5K

5.5%

Yes

 

89

 

88

 

89

 

90

 

91

89.4%
Increased +55

+55

 

36

FasTracKids International Ltd. Greenwood Village, CO

Sean Weldon
303-224-0200
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1998

243

$40K

$48,717 - $203,417

12.5%

Yes

 

89

 

90

 

88

 

89

 

89

89%
Increased +21

+21

 

38

Maid Brigade Phoenix, AZ

Tim Halloran
602-493-1333
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1979

420

$25,000 - $40,000

$85,000 - $125,000

6.9-3.5%

Yes

 

89

 

87

 

89

 

90

 

87

88.4%
Increased +62

+62

 

39

Blast 825 Pizza Fresno, CA

Stacy Soderstrom
559-981-0721
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2013

43

$1686

$176.9 - 701.5K

4%

Yes

 

90

 

87

 

89

 

88

 

87

88.2%
Increased +34

+34

 

41

Westin Hotels & Resorts Stamford, Canada

Frits van Paasschen
1-888-625-4988
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1997

1,526

$68K

$112.6 - 243.2K

6%

Yes

 

87

 

89

 

87

 

88

 

88

87.8%
Increased +46

+46

 

42

Long John Silver's Louisville, KY

Jim Patterson
502-815-6100
More info

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1969

1,313

$20K

$883 - 1,403K

5%

Yes

 

87

 

88

 

86

 

89

 

87

87.4%
Increased +33

+33

 

43

Checkers Drive In Tampa, FL

Rodney Jones
813-283-7000
More info

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2010

21

$250,000

$330.5 - 519.5K

6%

Yes

 

88

 

87

 

86

 

88

 

87

87.2%
Increased +24

+24

 

44

9Round Franchising Greenville, SC

Jeff Mathews
480-621-5740
More info

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2008

400+

$75K

$70 - 90K

$449 Flat

Yes

 

85

 

88

 

88

 

88

 

85

86.8%
Decreased -6

-6

 

45

Chick-fil-A Atlanta, GA

S. Truett Cathy
404-765-2514
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1946

1,324

$65K

$150K

5.9%

Yes

 

85

 

86

 

87

 

86

 

88

86.4%
Increased +35

+35

 

47

Arby's San Jose, CA

Forrest Raffel
408-265-6310
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1964

2,400

$15-50K

$330.5 - 519.5K

5-4%

Yes

 

86

 

87

 

86

 

85

 

85

85.8%
Increased +49

+49

 

48

Pizza Schmizza Salem, OR

Franchise Development
503-371-9318x210
More info

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1993

23

$150,000

$91 - 381K

5%

Yes

 

86

 

86

 

87

 

85

 

84

85.6%
Increased +1

+1

 

49

MaidPro Boston, MA

Mark Kushinsky
617-778-0099
More info

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1991

160

$7.9K

$30 - 115K

3.5-6.5%

Yes

 

84

 

87

 

87

 

87

 

82

85.4%
Decreased -1

-1

 

50

Dunkin' Donuts Canton, MA

Nigel Travis
800-859-5339
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1950

10,993

$125,000

$216,100 - $1,530,050

5.9%

Yes

 

82

 

84

 

86

 

87

 

87

85.2%
Decreased -26

-26

 
Growth Prospect

During our analysis of the leading franchises in the United States we spend time analyzing the overall potential growth of a business operating under the name and vision of a franchise. This involves a historical analysis of a franchise’s performance in different markets and regions, their prospective growth potential based on a trend analysis, and their average financial performance for businesses under their franchise.

51

1-800-JUNKPRO Valley Center, KS

Shawn Govern
316-688-5865
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1999

4

$40-60K

$106.1 - 148.1K

5.9%

No

 

84

 

86

 

84

 

85

 

86

85%
Increased +14

+14

 

52

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Chicago, IL

Jay Pritzker
312-750-1234
More info

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1957

1,535

$25-25.5K

$138.6 - 187.2K

8%

Yes

 

86

 

84

 

84

 

84

 

86

84.8%
Increased +32

+32

 

53

Gold's Gym Dallas, TX

Marc Kiekenapp
214-296-5015
More info

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1965

600

$40K

$966 - 3,907K

3%

Yes

 

85

 

85

 

84

 

86

 

83

84.6%
Decreased -38

-38

 

54

Century 21 Madison, New Jersey

Richard W. Davidson
877-221-2765
More info

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1971

2,100

$68K

$115.6 - 243.2K

6%

Yes

 

86

 

80

 

85

 

85

 

86

84.4%
Decreased -18

-18

 

55

Toppers Pizza Whitewater, WI

Scott Gittrich
262-473-6666
More info

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1991

71

$150,000

$262,663 - $490,649

5.5%

Yes

 

84

 

85

 

85

 

85

 

82

84.2%
Increased +16

+16

 

57

Juice It Up! Irvine, CA

Frank Easterbrook
949-475-0146
More info

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1995

80

$75,000

$159,979 - $391,448

6%

Yes

 

85

 

82

 

85

 

82

 

84

83.6%
Decreased -17

-17

 

58

241 Pizza Toronto, Canada

Larry Santolini
416-646-0987+234
More info

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1986

95

$20K

$160 - 180K

10%

Yes

 

81

 

84

 

84

 

84

 

84

83.4%
Decreased -14

-14

 

59

Five Guys Lorton, VA

Janie Murrell
703-339-9500
More info

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1986

900

$25-25.5K

$263.9 - 692.6K

8%

Yes

 

85

 

82

 

83

 

82

 

84

83.2%
Decreased -31

-31

 

60

TGA Premier Junior Golf El Segundo, CA

Joshua Jacobs
310-333-0622
More info

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2007

54

$10,000

$16,150 - $67,200

8%

No

 

83

 

81

 

84

 

82

 

84

82.8%
Decreased -26

-26

 
Marketing Support

Many franchisees turn to their franchisor when searching for marketing support and assistance in obtaining relevant advertising. It is important for a leading franchise to offer their franchisees effective means of marketing and advertising their business to their target audience. We analyze the amount of work and effort placed into reaching out to relevant markets where the audiences for their franchises are located.

61

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Tampa, FL

Dana Hansen
800-434-2582
More info

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1998

400

$27,250

$35,000 - $55,000

8-6%

Yes

 

84

 

83

 

81

 

84

 

81

82.6%
Increased +9

+9

 

62

Sonic Drive In Restaurants Oklahoma City, OK

Clifford Hudson
405-225-4828
More info

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1953

3,522

$1,000,000

$1,015,000 - $1,605,000

5%

Yes

 

79

 

84

 

82

 

83

 

84

82.4%
Increased +14

+14

 

63

Liberty Tax Service Virginia Beach, VA

Mark F. Baumgartner
757-493-8855
More info

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1997

4,438

$50,000

$57,800 - $71,900

14%

Yes

 

82

 

82

 

81

 

83

 

83

82.2%
Decreased -2

-2

 

64

H&R Block Kansas City, MO

Chris Lewis
816-854-4788
More info

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1955

11,011

$2,500

$31,505 - $148,700

30%

Yes

 

83

 

83

 

81

 

80

 

83

82%
Decreased -44

-44

 

65

KFC Louisville, KY

John Cywinski
502-874-8201
More info

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1930

18,875

$750,000

$1,262,800 - $2,543,000

5%

Yes

 

83

 

83

 

81

 

81

 

81

81.8%
Decreased -28

-28

 

66

Big Boy Restaurant & Bakery Warren, MI

David Knitter
586-759-6000
More info

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1936

120

$40K

$600 - 3,000K

4%

Yes

 

82

 

81

 

81

 

81

 

83

81.6%
Decreased -10

-10

 

67

WoodSpring Suites Wichita, Kansas

Crystal Franz
844-974-6835
More info

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2003

112

50,000

5,035,000 - 6,439,000

5%

Yes

 

80

 

81

 

83

 

80

 

83

81.4%
Decreased -13

-13

 

68

TGA Premier Youth Tennis El Segundo, CA

Joshua Jacobs
310-333-0622
More info

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2011

28

$8,000 - $50,000

$16,150 - $67,200

8%

No

 

83

 

82

 

81

 

83

 

77

81.2%
Decreased -27

-27

 

69

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Los Angeles, CA

Bob Kaufman
310-237-2326
More info

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1963

511

$65K

$5,000K

5-4%

Yes

 

82

 

79

 

82

 

81

 

80

80.8%
Decreased -38

-38

 

70

Panera Bread Chicago, IL

Ronald M. Shaich
312-922-1566
More info

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1981

17

$49.5

$3,693.6 - 6,577.5K

5.5%

Yes

 

81

 

81

 

77

 

81

 

82

80.4%
Decreased -28

-28

 
Training

The amount of training required to run different positions within a franchise business is an important factor to take into consideration when starting a business. We analyze the level of training required for individuals to effectively operate within the franchised business in addition to the amount of assistance the franchisor provides to the franchisee to ensure that individuals in their employ are capable of handling the job.

71

Dairy Queen Minneapolis, MN

Mike Mettler
952-896-2542
More info

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1940

Over 6,000

$400,000

$1,077,225 - $1,833,125

4%

Yes

 

79

 

80

 

81

 

81

 

79

80%
Increased +7

+7

 

72

RE/MAX Denver, CO

Gail Liniger
303-770-5531
More info

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1973

5,226

$12.5-35K

$20 - 200K

7%

Yes

 

79

 

80

 

78

 

80

 

81

79.6%
Decreased -43

-43

 

73

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation Winston-Salem, NC

Patricia Perry
888-249-2726
More info

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1954

931

$65K

$933,000 - $1,888,300

4.5% - 6.0%

Yes

 

79

 

76

 

81

 

81

 

80

79.4%
Decreased -9

-9

 

76

Cold Stone Creamery Scottsdale, AZ

Moree, JT
480-362-4800
More info

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1988

1,423

$125,000

$277,375 - $464,325

6%

Yes

 

78

 

75

 

79

 

80

 

79

78.2%
Decreased -4

-4

 

77

Midas Juno Beach, FL

Erik R. Olsen
800-621-8545
More info

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1956

2,194

$75,000

$220,000 - $415,000

10%

Yes

 

78

 

79

 

79

 

76

 

78

78%
Decreased -22

-22

 

78

Denny's Spartanburg, SC

John Miller
864-597-8164
More info

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1963

1,535

$40K

$1,179 - 2,396.2K

4%

Yes

 

75

 

78

 

79

 

79

 

77

77.6%
Decreased -60

-60

 

80

Famous Dave's Minnetonka, MN

Ed Rensi
952-294-1300
More info

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1995

187

$500,000 - $1,000,000

$636,750 - $4,239,750

5%

Yes

 

79

 

79

 

77

 

76

 

76

77.4%
Decreased -37

-37

 
Ongoing Support

The level of ongoing support provided by the franchisor is measured based on how much assistance and communication the franchisor provides to their franchisees over time. We analyze the impact their involvement has on setting the right goals and expectations on a quarterly basis and how much the franchisor assists their franchisees in better understanding the finer or more detailed aspects of their business.

81

Taco Bell Irvine, CA

Brian Niccol
949-863-4500
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1962

5,369

$45K

$1,300 - 2,500K

5.5%

No

 

77

 

76

 

78

 

77

 

77

77%
Decreased -13

-13

 

82

Growler USA Centennial, CO

Dave Shaw
720-465-6670 Ext 102
More info

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2014

4

$100,000

$396,363 - $591,310

6%

Yes

 

78

 

78

 

78

 

72

 

77

76.6%
Increased +9

+9

 

84

Jack in the Box San Diego, CA

Grant Kreutzer
858-571-4091
More info

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1951

2200+

$50,000

$1,316,100 - $2,414,700

5%

Yes

 

76

 

75

 

77

 

74

 

77

75.8%
Increased +1

+1

 

85

McDonald's Oak Brook, IL

Steve Easterbrook
630-623-6196
More info

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1955

29712

$750,000

$989,352 - $2,217,045

4%

Yes

 

74

 

76

 

76

 

75

 

77

75.6%
Increased +7

+7

 

86

Moran Family of Brands Midlothian, IL

Barbara Moran
708-389-5922
More info

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1956

99

$60,000

$173,315 - $246,185

7%

Yes

 

75

 

75

 

76

 

74

 

76

75.2%
Decreased -17

-17

 

87

UPS Store San Diego, CA

Chris Adkins
877-623-7253
More info

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1980

4,785

$60,000 - $60,000

$153,954 - $266,754

8.5%

Yes

 

72

 

76

 

75

 

75

 

76

74.8%
Decreased -6

-6

 

88

Pump It Up Tempa, AZ

Rick Howard
480-371-1235
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2000

127

$200,000

$366,250 - $790,000

6%

Yes

 

95

 

99

 

96

 

97

 

95

96.4%

NC

 

89

Pizza Hut Plano, TX

Scott Bergren
800-948-8488
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1957

14,967

$350,000

$297,000 - $2,109,000

6%

Yes

 

74

 

75

 

74

 

74

 

75

74.4%
Decreased -42

-42

 
Value

At the end of the day one of the most important aspects of any franchise is the overall value provided to the franchisees compared to the investment required to start the business. During our analysis of the leading franchises, we compare the initial and ongoing investment required by the franchisee compared to the overall value of the franchise, brand, and offerings from the franchisor and the level of profitability possible.

91

Brightway Insurance Jacksonville, FL

Matt Flagler
855-723-5348
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2008

118

$75,000

$115,000-$181,000

15-45%

Yes

 

72

 

73

 

75

 

74

 

74

73.6%
Decreased -61

-61