Entrepreneur’s Top 50 Franchises for 2011

December 26, 2010

Source: Entrepreneur

2011 Franchise 500 Rankings

Rank Franchise Startup Costs
1 Hampton Hotels
Mid-priced hotels
$3,716,000 – $13,148,800
2 ampm
Convenience store & gas station
$1,786,929 – $7,596,688
3 McDonald’s
Hamburgers, chicken, salads
$1,057,200 – $1,885,000
4 7-Eleven Inc.
Convenience store
$30,800 – $604,500
5 Supercuts
Hair salon
$112,550 – $243,200

6 Days Inn
Hotels
$192,291 – $6,479,764
7 Vanguard Cleaning Systems
Commercial cleaning
$8,200 – $38,100
8 Servpro
Insurance/disaster restoration & cleaning
$127,300 – $174,700
9 Subway
Submarine sandwiches & salads
$84,300 – $258,300
10 Denny’s Inc.
Full-service family restaurant
$1,125,609 – $2,396,419
11 Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.
Commercial cleaning
$3,145 – $50,405

12 Hardee’s
Burgers, chicken, biscuits
$1,182,000 – $1,583,500
13 Pizza Hut Inc.
Pizza, pasta, wings
$302,000 – $2,149,000
14 Kumon Math & Reading Centers
Supplemental education
$36,538 – $145,250

15 Dunkin’ Donuts
Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods
$358,200 – $1,980,300
16 KFC Corp.
Chicken
$1,309,900 – $2,471,000
17 Jazzercise Inc.
Dance fitness classes
$2,980 – $75,500
18 Anytime Fitness
Fitness center
$44,074 – $300,074
19 Matco Tools
Mechanics’ tools & service equipment
$79,926 – $188,556
20 Stratus Building Solutions
Commercial cleaning
$3,450 – $57,750
21 Liberty Tax Service
Individual & online tax prep
$56,800 – $69,900Request Info
22 Circle K
Convenience store
$171,000 – $1,403,000
23 Papa John’s Int’l. Inc.
Pizza
$98,823 – $528,123
24 Snap-on Tools
Professional tools & equipment
$17,906 – $278,492
25 CleanNet USA Inc.
Commercial cleaning
$6,655 – $92,950
26 Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
Furniture, electronics, computer & appliance leasing & sales
$233,870 – $607,580
27 H & R Block
Tax preparation & electronic filing
$34,438 – $110,033
28 InterContinental Hotels Group
Hotels
$5,135,940 – $93,855,035
29 Great Clips
Hair salon
$108,250 – $203,000
30 Jiffy Lube Int’l. Inc.
Fast oil change
$194,000 – $323,000
31 Ace Hardware Corp.
Hardware & home improvement store
$238,500 – $566,250Request Info
32 Papa Murphy’s
Take-&-bake pizza
$195,655 – $380,225Request Info
33 Snap Fitness Inc.
24-hour fitness center
$79,428 – $195,828
34 Dairy Queen
Soft-serve dairy products & sandwiches
$382,002 – $1,828,460
35 Baskin-Robbins USA Co.
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages
$46,450 – $401,000
36 Bonus Building Care
Commercial cleaning
$9,020 – $41,919
37 The Maids
Residential cleaning
$106,645 – $157,395
38 Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops
Gourmet sandwiches
$305,500 – $460,500
39 Midas
Auto repair & maintenance services
$126,500 – $386,560
40 GNC Franchising
Vitamin & nutrition store
$128,650 – $260,850
41 System4
Commercial cleaning
$5,460 – $37,750
42 ServiceMaster Clean
Comm’l./residential cleaning & disaster restoration
$47,072 – $141,303Request Info
43 Merry Maids
Residential cleaning
$52,550 – $70,450
44 Miracle-Ear Inc.
Hearing instruments
$122,500 – $570,000
45 Super 8
Hotels
$163,070 – $3,135,924
46 The UPS Store/Mail Boxes Etc.
Postal, business & communications services
$150,984 – $337,946Request Info
47 Carl’s Jr. Restaurants
Hamburgers
$1,315,000 – $1,811,000
48 Auntie Anne’s Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
Hand-rolled soft pretzels
$197,875 – $439,100Request Info
49 Edible Arrangements Int’l. Inc.
Floral-like designs from sculpted fresh fruit
$146,856 – $260,604
50 Fantastic Sams Hair Salons
Full-service hair salon
$115,000 – $228,600

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