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Top 100 Overall Franchises

Best Franchise Opportunities - October 2017

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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

Dairy Queen

Minneapolis, MN

Mike Mettler
952-896-2542
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1940

Over 6,000

$400,000

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

4%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%
Increased +87

+87

 

2

The Cleaning Authority

Columbia, Maryland

Iric Wexler
888-706-3615
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1996

220

$40,000

$96,510 - $153,171

4-6%

No

 

100

 

99

 

100

 

100

 

99

99.6%

NC

 
Strong Performers

4

Digital Doc

Glenview, IL

Matt Lucas
847-904-9100
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2013

20

$29K

$70,500 - $150,100

6%

Yes

 

98

 

100

 

99

 

98

 

100

99%
Increased +27

+27

 

5

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

 

98

 

99

 

98

 

99

 

100

98.8%
Increased +10

+10

 

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

Brightway Insurance

Jacksonville, FL

Matt Flagler
855-723-5348
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2008

118

$75,000

$115,000-$181,000

15-45%

Yes

 

98

 

96

 

99

 

98

 

100

98.2%
Increased +33

+33

 

10

Growler USA

Centennial, CO

Brenda Elpers
720-465-6670 Ext 110
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2014

7

$100,000

$396,363 - $591,310

6%

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

99

 

96

97.2%
Increased +15

+15

 

11

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar

Kansas City, MO

Bill Palmer
888-592-7753
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1980

34

$30K

$116 - 300K

$50K

Yes

 

96

 

98

 

97

 

98

 

96

97%
Increased +50

+50

 

12

Pump It Up

Tempa, AZ

Rick Howard
480-371-1235
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2000

127

$200,000

$366,250 - $790,000

6%

Yes

 

96

 

99

 

97

 

95

 

97

96.8%
Increased +6

+6

 

13

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

 

98

 

97

 

96

 

95

 

97

96.6%
Increased +15

+15

 

14

Cold Stone Creamery

Scottsdale, AZ

Moree, JT
480-362-4800
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1988

1,423

$125,000

$277,375 - $464,325

6%

Yes

 

96

 

97

 

96

 

95

 

96

96%
Increased +78

+78

 

15

Famous Dave's

Minnetonka, MN

Ed Rensi
952-294-1300
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1995

187

$500,000 - $1,000,000

$636,750 - $4,239,750

5%

Yes

 

95

 

95

 

96

 

95

 

97

95.6%
Increased +61

+61

 

16

TGA Premier Youth Tennis

El Segundo, CA

Joshua Jacobs
310-333-0622
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2011

28

$8,000 - $50,000

$16,150 - $67,200

8%

No

 

96

 

93

 

97

 

96

 

95

95.4%
Increased +79

+79

 

17

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

 

96

 

94

 

96

 

93

 

96

95%
Decreased -1

-1

 

18

UPS Store

San Diego, CA

Chris Adkins
877-623-7253
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1980

4,785

$60,000 - $60,000

$153,954 - $266,754

8.5%

Yes

 

96

 

96

 

94

 

93

 

94

94.6%
Increased +15

+15

 

19

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

 

93

 

96

 

96

 

94

 

93

94.4%
Increased +1

+1

 

20

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

 

90

 

95

 

96

 

96

 

94

94.2%
Decreased -11

-11

 

21

Midas

Juno Beach, FL

Erik R. Olsen
800-621-8545
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1956

2,194

$75,000

$220,000 - $415,000

10%

Yes

 

93

 

95

 

95

 

92

 

95

94%
Decreased -2

-2

 

22

G6 Hospitality LLC.

Carrollton, TX

Jim Amorosia
972-360-2547
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1962

686

$300,000

$2,154,800 - $3,089,000

5%

No

 

94

 

94

 

93

 

93

 

95

93.8%
Increased +48

+48

 

23

Papa John's

Jacksonville, FL

Papa Johns
570-708-8780
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1985

1,526

$30-40k

$1,179 - 2,746.2K

5-7%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

94

 

94

 

92

93.2%
Increased +46

+46

 

24

Hertz

Oklahoma City, OK

Laura Gibbons
800-532-3401
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1997

153

$75K

$33.8 - 51.1K

7%

Yes

 

94

 

92

 

93

 

92

 

94

93%
Increased +32

+32

 

25

360Clean

Daniel Island, SC

Teri Bradshaw
843-522-0116
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2005

72

$5,000

$9.35 - 15.55K

10%

Yes

 

92

 

93

 

92

 

94

 

92

92.6%
Increased +74

+74

 

26

Tutor Doctor

USA Division

Dru Carpenito
416-646-0364
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2000

452

$66,000

$66,000 - $133,900

8%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

87

 

94

 

94

92.2%
Increased +29

+29

 

27

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Los Angeles, CA

Bob Kaufman
310-237-2326
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1963

511

$65K

$5,000K

5-4%

Yes

 

92

 

91

 

91

 

93

 

91

91.6%
Increased +21

+21

 

28

Five Star Bath Solutions™

Spanish Fork, UT

Landra Adams
888-344-0828
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1996

27

$30,000

$65 - 80K

6%

Yes

 

93

 

93

 

90

 

90

 

91

91.4%
Increased +22

+22

 

29

Denny's

Spartanburg, SC

John Miller
864-597-8164
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1963

1,535

$40K

$1,179 - 2,396.2K

4%

Yes

 

93

 

90

 

90

 

93

 

90

91.2%
Decreased -12

-12

 

30

WoodSpring Suites

Wichita, Kansas

Crystal Franz
844-974-6835
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2003

112

50,000

5,035,000 - 6,439,000

5%

Yes

 

92

 

92

 

89

 

92

 

90

91%
Increased +14

+14

 

31

McDonald's

Oak Brook, IL

Steve Easterbrook
630-623-6196
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1955

29712

$750,000

$989,352 - $2,217,045

4%

Yes

 

91

 

90

 

91

 

90

 

92

90.8%
Increased +62

+62

 

32

Snap Fitness

Chanhassen, MN

Kirsten Haukoos
952-474-5422
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2004

1250

$25,000

$109,525 - $285,620

$509/Mo.

Yes

 

91

 

91

 

92

 

92

 

86

90.4%
Increased +31

+31

 

33

2003

0

$15K

$35 - 80.1K

2.5-6%

No

 

92

 

91

 

87

 

91

 

90

90.2%
Increased +38

+38

 

34

9Round Franchising

Greenville, SC

Jeff Mathews
480-621-5740
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2008

400+

$75K

$70 - 90K

$449 Flat

Yes

 

91

 

90

 

90

 

87

 

91

89.8%
Increased +41

+41

 

35

Checkers Drive In

Tampa, FL

Rodney Jones
813-283-7000
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2010

21

$250,000

$330.5 - 519.5K

6%

Yes

 

89

 

88

 

89

 

90

 

91

89.4%
Increased +10

+10

 

36

Acti-Kare

Tampa, FL

Dana Hansen
888-451-5273
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2011

82

$24,500

$35 - 55K

3-5%

Yes

 

89

 

90

 

88

 

89

 

89

89%
Increased +11

+11

 

37

Sonic Drive In Restaurants

Oklahoma City, OK

Clifford Hudson
405-225-4828
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1953

3,522

$1,000,000

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

5%

Yes

 

90

 

90

 

89

 

88

 

87

88.8%
Increased +15

+15

 

38

Curves

Carlsbad, CA

Gary Heavin
570-708-8780
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2005

935

$30-35k

$115.6 - 243.2K

5-7%

Yes

 

89

 

87

 

89

 

90

 

87

88.4%
Increased +35

+35

 

39

241 Pizza

USA Division

Larry Santolini
416-646-0987+234
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1986

95

$20K

$160 - 180K

10%

Yes

 

90

 

87

 

89

 

88

 

87

88.2%

NC

 

40

Century 21

Madison, New Jersey

Richard W. Davidson
877-221-2765
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1971

2,100

$68K

$115.6 - 243.2K

6%

Yes

 

87

 

89

 

88

 

89

 

87

88%
Decreased -17

-17

 

41

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

 

87

 

89

 

87

 

88

 

88

87.8%
Increased +31

+31

 

42

MY SALON Suite

Metairie, LA

Ken McAllister
More info

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2012

31

$150,000

$503,500 - $869,500

5.5%

Yes

 

87

 

88

 

86

 

89

 

87

87.4%
Decreased -34

-34

 

43

Toppers Pizza

Whitewater, WI

Scott Gittrich
262-473-6666
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1991

71

$150,000

$262,663 - $490,649

5.5%

Yes

 

88

 

87

 

86

 

88

 

87

87.2%
Increased +47

+47

 

44

Great American Cookies

Atlanta, GA

Mary Coots
877-639-2361
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1977

296

$100,000

$178,350 - $280,350

6%

Yes

 

85

 

88

 

88

 

88

 

85

86.8%
Increased +40

+40

 

45

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

 

85

 

86

 

87

 

86

 

88

86.4%
Increased +21

+21

 

46

Taco Bell

Irvine, CA

Brian Niccol
949-863-4500
More info

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1962

5,369

$45K

$1,300 - 2,500K

5.5%

No

 

86

 

88

 

85

 

85

 

87

86.2%
Decreased -10

-10

 

47

Hampton Hotels

McLean, VA

Craig Mance
703-883-1000
More info

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1983

1,899

$65K

$3,693.6 - 6,577.5K

6%

Yes

 

86

 

87

 

86

 

85

 

85

85.8%
Decreased -10

-10

 

49

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

 

84

 

87

 

87

 

87

 

82

85.4%
Decreased -11

-11

 

50

Studio 6

Carrollton, TX

Julie Arrowsmith
972-360-2547
More info

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1962

49

$500,000

$3,475,636 - $4,530,947

5%

No

 

82

 

84

 

86

 

87

 

87

85.2%
Increased +31

+31

 
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

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

 

84

 

86

 

84

 

85

 

86

85%
Increased +3

+3