2016/01/26

2016 Top Franchises from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 List

Our 37th Annual Franchise 500 ranking reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth.
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# 1
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Gourmet sandwiches

Initial Investment: $323K - $544K

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# 2
Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton

Midprice hotels

Initial Investment: $3.8M - $14.1M

# 3
Supercuts

Supercuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $144K - $294K

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# 4
Servpro

Servpro

Insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning

Initial Investment: $142K - $191K

Promoted by NTY Franchise Company

NTY Franchise Company has 5 brands of high-gross-profit-margin RESALE businesses to choose from.

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# 5
Subway

Subway

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $117K - $263K

# 6
McDonald's

McDonald's

Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages

Initial Investment: $989K - $2.2M

# 7
7-Eleven Inc.

7-Eleven Inc.

Convenience stores

Initial Investment: $38K - $1.1M

# 8
Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

Initial Investment: $217K - $1.6M

# 9
Denny's Inc.

Denny's Inc.

Family restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.2M - $2.1M

# 10
Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness

Fitness centers

Initial Investment: $63K - $418K

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# 11
Pizza Hut Inc.

Pizza Hut Inc.

Pizza, pasta, wings

Initial Investment: $297K - $2.1M

# 12
Hardee's

Hardee's

Burgers, chicken, biscuits

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $1.9M

# 13
Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box

Burgers

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $2.4M

# 14
Ace Hardware Corp.

Ace Hardware Corp.

Hardware and home-improvement store

Initial Investment: $239K - $1.6M

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# 15
GNC Franchising

GNC Franchising

Vitamins and nutrition products

Initial Investment: $191K - $322K

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# 16
Sport Clips

Sport Clips

Men's sports-theme hair salon

Initial Investment: $168K - $327K

# 17
UPS Store, The

UPS Store, The

Postal, business, printing and communications services

Initial Investment: $168K - $354K

# 18
Taco Bell

Taco Bell

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $1.2M - $2.6M

# 19
Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy's

Take-and-bake pizza

Initial Investment: $265K - $446K

Promoted by Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette is the perfect opportunity for the fun-loving, social entrepreneur who loves to entertain.

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# 20
Aaron's

Aaron's

Furniture, electronics, computer and appliance leasing and sales

Initial Investment: $276K - $783K

# 21
RE/MAX LLC

RE/MAX LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $38K - $280K

# 22
Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools

Professional tools and equipment

Initial Investment: $160K - $316K

# 23
Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.

Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.

Oil changes, light repairs

Initial Investment: $219K - $400K

# 24
Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.

Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $4K - $52K

# 25
Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $23K

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# 26
Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $11K - $36K

# 27
Sonic Drive-In Restaurants

Sonic Drive-In Restaurants

Burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, breakfast, ice cream, beverages

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2M

# 28
Great Clips

Great Clips

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $122K - $233K

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# 29
Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages

Initial Investment: $90K - $396K

# 30
Papa John's Int'l. Inc.

Papa John's Int'l. Inc.

Pizza

Initial Investment: $130K - $844K

# 31
Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels

Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels

Initial Investment: $196K - $370K

# 32
Days Inn

Days Inn

Hotels

Initial Investment: $179K - $7.7M

# 33
ServiceMaster Clean

ServiceMaster Clean

Commercial/residential cleaning, disaster restoration

Initial Investment: $70K - $262K

# 34
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Ice cream, burgers, chicken

Initial Investment: $356K - $1.8M

Promoted by Goddard School, The

The Goddard School franchise system is an expanding network of accredited childcare centers committed to providing quality preschool education that surpasses industry standards.

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# 35
Edible Arrangements Int'l. LLC

Edible Arrangements Int'l. LLC

Sculpted fresh-fruit bouquets

Initial Investment: $193K - $326K

# 36
Circle K

Circle K

Convenience stores

Initial Investment: $211K - $1.6M

# 37
Matco Tools

Matco Tools

Mechanics' tools and equipment

Initial Investment: $85K - $248K

# 38
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Hotels

Initial Investment: $7.2M - $94M

# 39
Anago Cleaning Systems

Anago Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $11K - $66K

# 40
Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Supplemental education

Initial Investment: $64K - $134K

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# 41
KFC Corp.

KFC Corp.

Chicken

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $2.5M

# 42
Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care

Initial Investment: $30K - $143K

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# 43
Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa

Therapeutic massage and facial services

Initial Investment: $414K - $961K

# 44
Miracle-Ear Inc.

Miracle-Ear Inc.

Hearing instruments

Initial Investment: $119K - $288K

# 45
Liberty Tax Service

Liberty Tax Service

Tax preparation, electronic filing

Initial Investment: $59K - $72K

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# 46
Maids, The

Maids, The

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $99K - $126K

# 47
Budget Blinds Inc.

Budget Blinds Inc.

Window coverings, window film, rugs, accessories

Initial Investment: $89K - $187K

# 48
Merry Maids

Merry Maids

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $60K - $186K

# 49
CleanNet USA Inc.

CleanNet USA Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $10K - $98K

Promoted by CruiseOne Travel Business

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# 50
Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Car Care Centers

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $200K - $466K

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