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Our Selection Process For
Best Fast Food Franchises

Last updated: December 1, 2017

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Top 10 Fast Food Franchises

Best Fast Food Franchises - December 2017

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Rank

Company Name

Industry

Franchising
Since

Franchise
Units

Cash
Investment

Total
Investment

Royalty
Fee

Financing
Available

Growth Prospect

Marketing Support

Training

Ongoing Support

Value

Overall Score

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Leaders

1

MOOYAH Burgers Fries Shakes

Plano, TX

Michael Mabry
855-666-9247
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2007

100 stores in 19 states and 9 countries

$35K

$373,350 to $623,300

6%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%
Increased +5

+5

 

2

Taco Bell

Irvine, CA

Brian Niccol
949-863-4500
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1962

5,369

$45K

$1,300 - 2,500K

5.5%

No

 

100

 

99

 

100

 

98

 

100

99.4%
Increased +7

+7

 

3

KFC

Louisville, KY

John Cywinski
502-874-8201
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1930

18,875

$750,000

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

5%

Yes

 

100

 

99

 

97

 

99

 

100

99%
Increased +1

+1

 
Strong Performers

4

Salsa 2 Go

Orlando, FL

Maryann Kilgallon
407-823-1682
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2003

4

$50,000

$210382

6%

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

99

 

98

 

100

98.2%
Increased +6

+6

 

5

Costa Vida Restaurants

Lehi, UT

Sarah Gardner
801-797-2374
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2003

100+

$223K

$82874K

7%

Yes

 

98

 

99

 

96

 

99

 

97

97.8%

NC

 

6

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Carpinteria, CA

Tina Slay
805-745-7841
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1941

913

$300,000

$1,318,000 - $1,814,000

4%

Yes

 

95

 

98

 

97

 

99

 

98

97.4%
Increased +2

+2

 
Contenders

7

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

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

96

 

97

96.8%

NC

 

8

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Lakewood, CO

Grant Kreutzer
858-571-4091
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1995

328

$250,000 - $500,000

$623,100 - $815,000

5%

Yes

 

95

 

97

 

96

 

98

 

94

96%
Decreased -6

-6

 

9

Del Taco

Lake Forest, CA

David Jameson
949-462-7379
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1964

254

$500,000

$767,000 - $1,640,500

5%

Yes

 

94

 

95

 

96

 

94

 

96

95%
Decreased -8

-8

 

10

7-Eleven, Inc.

Dallas, TX

Isaac Padilla
972-828-7011
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1964

6500

Varies by store

Varies by store

Varies

Yes

 

95

 

93

 

96

 

94

 

93

94.2%
Decreased -7

-7

 
Evaluation Criteria: Best Food Franchises
Growth Prospect

We evaluate the steps taken and processes put in place to ensure that franchisees are established with the goal of long-term growth in place. Those investing in the starting of a franchise are looking for a business which will provide them with a long-term source of income as time and money is invested. It is important to many potential franchisees to understand there is prospective growth for the business they are starting.

Marketing Support

The approach we take to evaluate established fast food franchises involves a look into their perceived importance of marketing and advertising initiatives for their franchisees. For many fast food franchises it is important to continue to market and advertise new products and changes to the product. Due to the nature of the fast food industry, many businesses continue to advertise through all sorts of marketing media.

Training

We continue to find increased value for franchises in having access to extensive training programs and resources in order to ensure highly effective and efficient internal practices for those offering the products and/or services. The preparation of food and drink often require specialized training to understand how to safely handle and prepare the food in order to meet federal or state health and safety guidelines.

Ongoing Support

Fast food franchises especially require ongoing support and assistance from the company franchising the businesses. Many franchises often continue to develop their menus and offerings in order to attract new or relevant customers to locations. It is important for the franchises to make the effort towards ensuring their franchised businesses are going to be equipped for offering the new products and to ensure consistency.

Value

We understand many aspiring franchisees are searching for franchises which offer them a lot in terms of the quality of brand and reputation which has been achieved over time. The brand of a fast food franchise can often be a primary determinant for many consumers as they search for food establishments which will serve the product they are searching for and are more prevalent to select a reputable fast food franchise.

 
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