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The Franchise Grade® Top 500

Welcome to The Franchise Grade® Top 500 list for 2016!

For our assessment of 2,387 franchise systems, we used our exclusive Franchise Performance Index™ data analysis tool to determine the relative grade of each system and its ranking in our Franchise Grade® Top 500 index. Our primary focus in applying the FPI is to understand and quantify investment risks for prospective franchisees.

You can learn more about each franchise system by clicking on the links below.


Industry Grade Sector Grade System Name Max. Initial Investment
313 16 @Work $174,500
87 4 Discovery Map $44,950
436 33 Doc Popcorn $355,050
443 113 i9 Sports (Development Agreement) $76,900
133 16 Pillar To Post Home Inspectors (Exclusive) $69,300
213 31 Fresh Coat Painters $81,750
7 1 Weed Man $85,513
259 70 Best in Class Education Center $99,900
415 30 Image First Healthcare Laundry Specialists $100,700
101 12 SparkleWash International $100,950
231 36 Spring-Green $106,047
250 38 Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions $104,300
487 18 EnzaFruit Products $26,000
291 44 Miracle Method $136,850
261 71 Assisting Hands Home Care (Area Representative) $589,500
252 13 Handle with Care Packaging Store $172,650
38 9 ComForCare Home Care $162,000
245 7 Craft Beer Cellar $160,500
132 38 Pigtails & Crewcuts $168,250
47 13 LearningRx $198,000
406 103 MaximizedLiving $361,500
341 52 ERS (Electronic Restoration Services) $228,900
441 112 Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network $235,500
24 7 Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More $235,700
175 25 ServiceMaster $256,555
166 5 The Spice & Tea Exchange $291,650
248 12 Mighty Auto Parts $302,400
211 19 Snap-On $316,254
203 16 HobbyTown & HobbyTown USA $317,500
218 59 Milio's Sandwiches $386,300
91 25 Menchie's $392,710
124 5 AlphaGraphics $394,400
193 51 MassageLuxe $449,700
376 83 Rita's Ice Custard Happiness $438,900
122 4 HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe $449,100
168 13 DiscReplay $459,500
424 89 Zoup! $576,250
58 1 Kilwin's Chocolates and Ice Cream Store $540,586
97 28 The Woodhouse Day Spa $750,400
357 78 Five Guys Burgers & Fries $641,250
17 7 Papa John's $844,210
490 30 The Egg & I $860,000
9 5 Bojangles' $1,220,750
438 25 Hurricane Grill & Wings $912,000
182 54 Schlotzsky's $979,984
95 26 Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers $1,023,100
323 74 Checkers & Rally's $1,306,345
440 111 House Doctors $128,650
57 4 Black Bear Diner $1,472,200
320 86 SafeSplash Swim School $1,322,500
209 18 GNC $354,217
32 12 Dairy Queen (Grill & Chill) $1,778,275
96 27 Hardee's $1,986,500
183 47 Rockin' Jump $2,497,000
494 19 MGM Wine & Spirits $2,017,000
179 53 Mellow Mushroom $2,136,500
446 27 Quaker Steak & Lube $1,366,500
62 4 J.D. Byrider and CarNow $3,477,500
86 6 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar $7,053,400
447 34 Suburban Extended Stay $7,186,398
174 9 Fairfield Inn $18,266,185
420 32 Element Hotel $18,444,500
134 6 TownePlace Suites $20,390,505
130 5 Springhill Suites $22,470,580
149 7 Residence Inn $27,298,510
407 31 Renaissance $99,842,865
290 20 Marriott $147,593,490
194 9 Color-Glo $61,378
190 56 The Original Broken Yolk Café $1,269,000
312 11 Oil & Vinegar $493,000
310 82 Comfort Dental (Master) $772,000
483 37 Staymobile $169,000
396 102 Reading Town $163,600
416 88 Cowboy Chicken $739,096
480 40 Gecko Hospitality $79,170
224 61 Valentino's $1,708,500
253 67 Senior Care Authority $78,150
222 57 Rainbow Station $3,256,500
382 97 Lightbridge Academy $688,550
147 40 ATC Healthcare Services $590,170
221 32 National Maintenance Contractors $94,000
433 95 Hokulia Shave Ice $259,500
226 34 Delta Disaster Services $332,220
154 12 Native Grill and Wings $2,333,900
500 123 The Exercise Coach $246,010
469 39 Locals LOVE Us $107,643
350 25 WoodSpring Suites $7,031,000
212 16 Wings Etc. $779,000
472 26 Tuffy Tire & Auto Service $413,500
386 23 Sculpture Hospitality $57,100
249 13 Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop $408,000
414 108 DryBar $1,239,360
267 67 Mountain Mike's $598,000
208 12 Hyatt Regency $128,500,000
276 40 Surface Specialists $56,000
390 24 The File Depot $146,250
343 91 Expedia CruiseShipCenters $183,900
142 42 Chick-fil-A $1,609,300
354 20 All About People $297,550
103 31 Iron Tribe Fitness $433,500
113 5 Fast Undercar $859,500
153 12 United Hardware $967,750
40 2 Hyatt Place $20,604,000
278 15 Hyatt House $20,386,000
308 73 Wahoo's Fish Taco $792,500
317 12 AMPM Mini Market $7,602,242
345 54 USA Insulation $229,000
358 28 Staybridge Suites $12,654,100
454 28 Shakey's Pizza Parlour $2,204,500
464 100 Saladworks $532,814
102 30 Sola Salon Studios $1,140,300
94 27 Snip-its $220,375
352 26 Quality Inn $1,307,699
449 97 Paris Baguette $1,207,426
427 92 Red Boy Pizza $407,000
491 73 Precision Concrete Cutting $176,500
437 33 Four Points $18,894,500
150 46 Flame Broiler $408,514
477 70 Dryject $193,000
385 30 Cobblestone Inn & Suites $6,349,700
336 76 Caribou Coffee $958,995
337 16 Budget $1,583,400
146 45 Bahama Buck's $720,825
497 37 Ascend Hotel Collection $10,775,479
371 29 Aloft Hotels $21,849,500
241 37 Vanguard Cleaning Systems $34,480
112 14 Aire-Master $142,400
204 17 Wag N Wash $635,235
399 16 VomFass $749,500
355 93 Vision Trends $427,500
493 122 Vision Source $224,300
263 72 Vein Clinics of America $0
292 26 New Uses $286,500
348 29 Mainstream Boutique $178,000
413 29 C12 Group $81,000
347 92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Salon $583,500
482 27 Tire Pros $183,485
162 50 Tim Hortons $1,508,190
176 45 The Bar Method $543,500
73 21 The Barbershop $349,200
419 24 Texas Roadhouse $4,551,500
60 2 TeamLogicIT $137,250
353 30 Tailored Living $269,495
151 47 Taco John's $1,289,000
138 41 Taco Bell $2,620,600
471 102 SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt $445,500
391 25 Supporting Strategies $102,390
293 14 Superior Wash $45,220
234 22 SuperAmerica $4,612,500
429 93 Smiling Moose Deli $675,000
235 60 Seniors Helping Seniors $141,390
489 39 SandFree.com $54,650
266 73 Pure Barre $282,000
236 61 Parisi Speed School $187,900
455 35 My Place $4,100,336
479 3 Mossy Oak Properties $72,250
105 13 Mosquito Joe $122,500
400 23 Monk's Bar & Grill $3,435,000
326 89 Moms On The Run $9,780
141 18 Mister Sparky $458,550
434 23 Michelin Retread Technologies -
301 27 Merle Norman $190,200
215 55 Club Pilates $224,657
56 4 City Wide $186,300
16 2 ARCpoint Labs $237,950
388 98 AlignLife (Development Agreement) $258,024
99 28 Cinnabon $325,500
286 9 Canteen $1,568,000
401 26 Town Money Saver $49,400
439 26 Stevi B's Pizza Buffet $684,400
451 66 Protect Painters $90,800
344 17 CARSTAR $824,300
277 15 Brightway Insurance $181,000
143 43 Biggby Coffee $319,100
470 118 Massage Green Spa $282,000
309 1 Homesmart International $205,000
372 15 Holiday Stationstores $5,232,600
223 60 Pretzelmaker $237,750
302 47 Heits Building Services $71,950
298 15 Honest-1 Auto Care $507,150
351 56 Groutsmith $34,400
499 104 GoodCents $385,447
294 45 Window Genie $140,000
188 14 The Original Pancake House $966,250
452 24 PacLease $154,250
363 22 Office Evolution $530,000
165 13 First Watch Restaurants $1,119,000
461 37 Expense Reduction Coaching $74,250
262 39 Environment Control $70,000
442 96 Pieology $872,000
334 28 Pandora $1,175,000
412 107 Elements Massage $391,050
387 86 Eileen's Colossal Cookies $214,406
349 55 Renew Crew $71,125
171 51 Potbelly Sandwich Works $940,700
467 101 Popcornopolis $398,000
315 84 Camp Bow Wow $1,095,359
90 11 Scotts LawnService $315,300
465 38 SCA Appraisal Company $37,450
123 36 Sarpino's Pizzeria $433,000
374 82 Carbone's Pizzeria $140,500
296 78 Canine Dimensions $58,750
207 30 Boulder Designs $69,325
217 20 Uptown Cheapskate $394,000
201 28 U.S. Lawns $79,300
364 94 Tutu School $133,700
116 35 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy $1,511,500
240 11 TheHomeMag $139,360
394 100 Tan Republic $394,500
403 63 Storm Guard $232,100
330 19 Bar Louie $3,399,000
360 31 Woodcraft Helping You Make Wood Work $635,400
463 117 Apex Fun Run $98,200
361 21 Ameriprise Financial $80,115
392 61 Zerorez $184,000
462 116 Amada Senior Care $174,654
275 25 Adam & Eve $350,700
448 114 18|8 Salons $659,139
395 101 101 Mobility $210,120
409 105 ZIPS Dry Cleaners $1,022,500
3 1 Zaxby's $664,300
227 58 Young Rembrandts $48,120
257 64 Yogurtland $705,046
331 75 Yogurt Mountain $557,300
148 6 Worldwide Express $359,650
189 6 World of Beer $1,716,954
46 15 Wingstop $922,930
495 74 Window World $483,600
53 3 WIN Home Inspection $53,500
50 16 Wild Birds Unlimited $199,172
59 17 Wetzel's Pretzels $383,850
180 11 Westin $76,677,500
69 18 Wendy's $3,445,000
314 17 Welcomemat Services $85,430
54 3 We Olive $421,500
421 17 Watermill Express $206,900
192 50 V's Barbershop $363,250
25 4 Visiting Angels $107,500
378 21 Village Inn $2,523,000
155 7 Valvoline Instant Oil Change $1,953,000
404 27 The UPS Store $353,580
191 49 UFC Gym $1,465,507
370 33 UBreakIFix $197,950
68 6 Two Men and a Truck $590,500
239 64 TSS Photography $74,275
187 55 Tropical Smoothie Cafe $478,550
118 33 Toppers Pizza $527,152
426 91 Togo's $546,200
220 56 TITLE Boxing Club $394,827
389 22 TGI Fridays $5,710,000
299 79 Synergy HomeCare $149,400
18 3 Supercuts $296,900
135 39 Sun Tan City $777,700
318 23 Studio 6 $4,813,000
28 2 Steak n Shake $2,706,000
474 69 Squeegee Squad $135,110
34 7 Sport Clips $351,500
450 35 Spherion Staffing $167,800
72 3 SpeedPro Imaging $302,700
81 21 Sonic Drive-In $1,765,000
74 22 Soccer Shots $39,000
119 34 Smoothie King $422,950
44 9 Slumberland $2,019,000
76 23 Sky Zone $2,688,731
457 36 Signs by Tomorrow $272,999
379 20 Team Blue Hand Car Wash $1,674,800
156 20 Signal 88 Security $268,000
468 36 Sheraton $75,178,500
243 23 ShelfGenie $107,750
256 68 Seva Beauty $276,000
178 52 Scooter's Coffee $468,500
418 109 School of Rock $343,600
65 2 Savory Spice Shop $419,653
405 28 Safe Ship $153,900
356 27 Rodeway Inn $516,099
42 11 Right at Home $133,400
181 46 Retro Fitness $1,622,250
289 19 Residence Inn $27,298,510
398 35 Relax The Back $351,200
98 4 Red Roof Inn $4,805,500
332 24 Red Lion Hotel $38,713,000
335 2 Real Property Management $103,875
219 21 Real Deals on Home Decor $199,000
411 87 Rally's $1,235,400
329 49 Rainbow International Restoration $278,100
466 68 ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings $592,566
247 12 PROSHRED $652,500
67 10 Pro Image $536,700
13 1 Primrose Schools $5,775,078
198 8 PrideStaff $217,740
158 21 Precision Door Service $512,214
430 31 PostNet $212,275
70 19 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen $1,687,863
225 33 Pop-A-Lock $134,263
362 32 Play It Again Sports $397,200
6 2 Plato's Closet $398,300
66 19 Planet Fitness $3,669,150
5 3 Pizza Ranch $2,759,000
88 23 Pizza Hut $2,144,000
136 39 Pita Pit $374,654
460 25 PIRTEK $623,000
456 98 Pinkberry $628,995
260 65 Peter Piper Pizza $1,797,500
498 40 Pet Depot $997,700
380 59 Pestmaster Services $86,450
22 9 Penn Station East Coast Subs $569,805
106 30 Papa Murphy's $492,861
20 8 Panera Bread $3,606,025
173 44 Palm Beach Tan $811,140
205 29 Painting with a Twist $143,300
281 42 Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning $66,939
408 104 Orange Theory Fitness $980,800
369 81 Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt $362,200
83 9 One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning $552,300
15 4 Once Upon A Child $392,200
246 8 Nothing Bundt Cakes $545,475
199 15 Noodles & Company $1,235,467
229 35 N-Hance $147,262
11 1 Newk's Eatery $1,331,000
121 15 NaturaLawn of America $112,650
384 60 National Property Inspections $47,100
496 75 Mr. Handyman $138,100
10 1 Motel 6 $3,454,000
159 22 Mosquito Squad $69,625
164 23 Molly Maid $137,200
31 11 Moe's Southwest Grill $915,700
127 37 Miracle-Ear $287,500
144 19 Mint Condition $473,435
340 51 MilliCare $165,262
269 24 Metal Supermarkets $379,000
79 7 Merry Maids $180,350
375 20 The Melting Pot $1,445,897
233 10 Meineke Car Care Centers $576,746
89 24 McDonald's $2,228,000
4 2 McAlister's Deli $1,475,500
77 24 Mathnasium Learning Centers $137,610
80 25 Massage Heights $609,161
63 18 Massage Envy Spa $942,850
36 13 Marco's Pizza $546,592
33 2 The Maids $197,250
61 5 MaidPro $203,770
423 22 Maaco Collision Repair and Auto $487,052
161 49 Little Caesars $1,335,500
216 10 Liquid Capital $254,000
163 8 Line-X $319,830
485 71 Linc Service $136,000
481 41 Liberty Tax Service $71,900
228 62 Lenny's Sub Shop (Area Development) $386,775
30 6 The Learning Experience $3,585,549
139 17 Lawn Doctor $100,450
377 96 LaVida Massage $401,500
177 10 La Quinta Inn $11,052,800
270 68 Krispy Kreme $3,631,250
339 77 Kona Ice $132,925
197 57 Kolache Factory $659,000
486 72 Kitchen Tune-Up $64,900
152 41 KidsPark $340,000
202 52 Kiddie Academy $3,568,000
12 3 Kid to Kid $419,411
359 79 KFC $2,576,000
52 3 KOA $4,426,925
140 11 Just Between Friends $45,449
195 26 Junk-King $137,900
475 29 Johnny Rockets $1,098,500
26 10 Jimmy John's $555,000
367 19 Jiffy Lube $400,000
8 4 Jet's Pizza $630,500
373 58 Jet-Black, Black Dog Sealcoat $100,226
264 66 Jersey Mike's Subs $591,852
338 50 Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems $66,355
51 16 Jamba Juice $520,800
104 29 Jack In The Box $2,427,250
476 119 iTan $966,000
35 2 Interstate All Battery Center $411,000
328 19 Image360 $272,999
268 74 ilovekickboxing.com $312,199
108 8 IHOP $3,917,350
304 21 Hyatt $128,500,000
232 63 Hungry Howie's $453,850
117 10 HuHot Mongolian Grill $982,000
300 46 Hoodz $178,850
305 22 Homewood Suites $20,475,750
295 77 HomeWell Senior Care $126,500
55 17 Homewatch CareGivers $137,400
431 64 HomeTeam Inspection Service $72,000
71 20 Home Instead Senior Care $117,910
422 110 Home Helpers $117,600
284 43 Home Cleaning Centers of America $34,800
172 43 Home Care Assistance 1-866-4-LiveIn $295,250
453 115 Direct Link $56,000
288 18 Hilton Garden Inn $22,294,085
311 83 HealthSource Chiropractic $249,100
428 36 Health Mart $654,250
325 88 HappyFeet Legends $29,400
473 103 Happy & Healthy Products $79,957
280 16 Hampton Inn & Suites $6,933,500
368 57 The Grout Doctor $33,415
393 99 Griswold Home Care $121,150
100 29 Great Play Children's Gyms $449,000
43 12 Great Clips $233,100
120 35 Great American Cookies $362,650
346 18 Grease Monkey $335,850
306 80 GolfTEC $470,445
258 69 Goldfish Swim School $2,244,200
297 18 Golden Corral Buffet & Grill $5,969,693
41 10 Goddard School $729,300
285 72 Gigi's Cupcakes $397,500
410 106 Get In Shape For Women $190,076
365 95 Game Truck $303,350
145 44 Fuzzy's Taco Shop $1,035,000
381 84 Fuddruckers $1,565,000
126 36 Freedom Boat Club $178,700
319 18 FranNet $82,630
488 38 Flip Flop Shops $279,500
185 14 Fleet Feet Sports $338,000
85 10 Fish Window Cleaning Services $146,200
157 48 Firehouse Subs $1,263,115
445 65 Fibrenew $147,800
19 1 FASTSIGNS $293,525
186 15 Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs $465,961
316 85 Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping $364,000
109 9 Famous Dave's $4,195,750
170 7 Express Employment Professionals $196,000
137 40 Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop $391,700
242 65 Engineering For Kids $93,625
458 99 Einstein Bros Bagels $915,850
78 3 Edible Arrangements $327,810
128 11 East Coast Wings & Grill $1,005,974
75 20 Dunkin' Donuts $1,692,314
169 24 Dryer Vent Wizard $78,450
333 90 Drama Kids $48,200
265 13 Doubletree by Hilton $62,397,125
383 85 Donatos Pizzeria $697,400
110 31 Domino's Pizza $542,400
107 32 Dogtopia $660,275
92 7 Denny's $2,421,185
425 90 Del Taco $1,866,500
492 42 Dale Carnegie Training $174,500
39 14 Culver's $4,155,000
167 42 Crunch $2,129,500
184 48 CruiseOne $21,850
37 8 Creative World School $3,989,075
131 6 Creative Colors $112,750
397 34 CPR - Cell Phone Repair $176,000
160 8 Courtyard by Marriott $24,173,210
324 13 Corporate Caterers $166,200
273 70 Corner Bakery Cafe $1,935,000
283 76 Complete Nutrition $318,220
444 34 Commission Express $301,500
29 5 Comfort Keepers $136,260
244 11 Colors On Parade $103,000
238 63 Color Me Mine $174,800
206 53 College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors $224,500
214 9 CMIT Solutions $176,439
23 6 Clothes Mentor $297,000
279 41 Closets by Design $296,500
342 53 The Cleaning Authority $152,570
327 14 Circle K $1,601,500
271 69 Church's Chicken $1,336,600
459 67 Christmas Decor $60,250
1 1 Christian Brothers Automotive $477,600
254 17 Chili's Grill & Bar $4,257,000
230 59 Children's Lighthouse $3,998,500
366 80 Chester's $293,789
282 71 Cheba Hut $408,500
125 37 Charley's Philly Steaks $475,923
435 32 Charles Schwab $125,600
111 33 CD One Price Cleaners $937,750
84 22 Carl's Jr $1,855,500
200 58 Capriotti's Sandwich Shop $525,500
287 17 Candlewood Suites $10,653,600
321 48 California Closets $927,000
432 94 BurgerFi $1,140,000
115 32 Burger King $3,046,600
402 62 BuildingStars $320,500
64 5 Buffalo Wild Wings $3,919,700
21 5 Budget Blinds $202,070
237 62 British Swim School $127,700
93 26 BrightStar Care $174,032
49 15 Brain Balance Achievement Centers $388,456
274 75 Bottle & Bottega $158,250
196 27 Benjamin Franklin Plumbing $249,050
272 14 Baymont Inn & Suites $6,360,949
417 21 Battery Giant $334,255
2 1 Batteries Plus Bulbs $406,759
14 6 Auntie Anne's $380,100
129 38 Arby's $1,647,000
48 14 Anytime Fitness $490,100
307 81 Any Lab Test Now $162,600
114 34 AMRAMP $215,245
251 66 Amazing Athletes $53,500
484 121 Always Best Care Senior Services $114,400
82 8 AdvantaClean $226,223
478 120 Acti-Kare $52,735
255 14 ACFN $67,815
45 3 ABRA: Auto Body & Glass $3,569,050
27 8 Aaron's $782,580
210 54 9Round $102,700
322 87 911 Driving School $190,100
303 10 7-Eleven $1,122,100

Disclaimer:

Do not rely on The Franchise Grade® Top 500 for your investment decisions.

The graded rank within the Top 500 is not a recommendation or endorsement of any franchise system. It is based solely on specific variables and risk factors contained within our Franchise Performance Index for a given time period. These variables and risk factors may not be those you as an investor deem measurable and you should perform your own due diligence to ensure any specific franchise investment is right for you.

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