211 Top Franchises in 2008

According to Enterpreneur Magazine, the following are the 211 best franchises to own in 2008.


I’ve listed their name, rank, and approximate start-up costs:



Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
1 7-Eleven Inc. Convenience store Varies
2 Subway
Submarine sandwiches & salads
3 Dunkin’ Donuts

Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

4 Pizza Hut
5 McDonald’s
Hamburgers, chicken, salads
6 Sonic Drive In Restaurants
Drive-in restaurant
7 KFC Corp.
8 InterContinental Hotels Group
9 Domino’s Pizza LLC
Pizza, breadsticks, buffalo wings
10 RE/MAX Int’l. Inc.
Real estate
11 UPS Store, The/Mail Boxes Etc.

Postal, business & communications services

12 Ace Hardware Corp.

Hardware & home improvement store

13 Jani-King

Commercial cleaning

14 Jiffy Lube Int’l. Inc.
Fast oil change
15 Arby’s
Sandwiches, chicken, salads
16 Baskin-Robbins USA Co.
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages
17 Circle K
Convenience store
18 Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Supplemental education

19 Great Clips Inc.

Hair salon

20 Bonus Building Care

Commercial cleaning

21 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Tax preparation services
22 Taco Bell Corp.
Quick-service Mexican restaurant
23 Liberty Tax Service
Income-tax preparation services
24 Super 8
Economy motels
25 Dairy Queen
Soft-serve dairy products & sandwiches
26 Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

27 Blimpie

Submarine sandwiches & salads

28 Servpro
Insurance/disaster restoration & cleaning
29 Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet, drapery & upholstery cleaning; tile & stone care

30 Matco Tools
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
31 Days Inn
Hotels & inns
32 Hampton Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites
Midprice hotels
33 ServiceMaster Clean

Comm’l./residential cleaning & disaster restoration

34 Supercuts

Hair salon

35 ampm Mini Market
Convenience store & gas station
36 Papa John’s Int’l. Inc.
37 Merle Norman Cosmetics

Cosmetics studio

38 Miracle-Ear Inc.
Hearing instruments
39 Cartridge World

Printer/fax cartridge replacements & sales

40 Midas
Auto repair & maintenance services
41 GNC Franchising Inc.
Vitamin & nutrition store
42 Maids Home Service, The
Residential cleaning
43 ERA Franchise Systems LLC
Real estate
44 Jazzercise Inc.
Dance/exercise classes
45 Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Real estate
46 WSI Internet

Internet services

47 Denny’s Inc.
Full-service family restaurant
48 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
Real estate
49 Edible Arrangements Int’l. Inc.
Floral-like designs from sculpted fresh fruit
50 Snap-on Tools
Professional tools & equipment
51 CleanNet USA Inc.
Commercial cleaning
52 Fantastic Sams

Full-service hair salon

53 Choice Hotels Int’l.
Hotels, inns, suites, resorts
54 Instant Tax Service
Retail tax preparation & electronic filing
55 Long John Silver’s Restaurants Inc.
Fish & chicken
56 Carl’s Jr. Restaurants
Hamburgers & chicken sandwiches
57 Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops
Gourmet sandwiches
58 Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
Furniture, electronics, computer & appliance leasing & sales
59 Papa Murphy’s
Take-&-bake pizza
60 Budget Blinds Inc.
Window coverings
61 AAMCO Transmissions Inc.
Transmission repair & services
62 Hardee’s
Burgers, chicken, biscuits
63 Vanguard Cleaning Systems
Commercial cleaning
64 Sylvan Learning Centers
Supplemental education
65 Merry Maids
Residential cleaning
66 Keller Williams Realty
Real estate
67 Candy Bouquet

Floral-like designer gifts & gourmet confections

68 Coffee News

Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants

69 Results! Travel
Travel services
70 Minuteman Press Int’l. Inc.

Full-service printing & graphics center

71 LA Weight Loss Centers
Health services & weight-loss counseling
73 Home Helpers/Direct Link

Nonmedical care services

74 Sport Clips
Men’s sports-themed hair salon
75 Anytime Fitness
Fitness center
76 ActionCoach
Business coaching, consulting & training
77 Express Employment Professionals

Staffing & HR solutions

78 Fitness Together
Personal fitness training
79 Hot Stuff Foods LLC
Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets
80 Meineke Car Care Centers

Exhaust systems, shocks, brakes, struts, oil changes

81 Molly Maid
Residential cleaning
82 Massage Envy
Therapeutic massage services
83 Auntie Anne’s Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
Hand-rolled soft pretzels
84 Sign-A-Rama Inc.


85 Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
New Orleans-style fried chicken, seafood, biscuits
86 Aussie Pet Mobile
Mobile pet grooming
87 Home Instead Senior Care

Nonmedical senior-care services

88 Heaven’s Best Carpet & Uphol. Cleaning
Carpet & upholstery cleaning
89 Cost Cutters Family Hair Care
Family hair salon
90 Cold Stone Creamery

Ice cream, Italian sorbet

91 La Quinta Franchising LLC
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
92 CiCi’s Pizza
All-you-can-eat pizza buffet
93 Rita’s Italian Ice

Italian ices, frozen custard, gelati

94 Qdoba Mexican Grill
Fast-casual Mexican food
95 Maid Brigade
Residential cleaning
96 Snap Fitness Inc.
24-hour fitness center
97 Comfort Keepers

Nonmedical in-home care

98 Yogen Fruz
Frozen yogurt & soft-serve ice cream
99 Postal Annex+
Packaging, shipping, postal & business services
100 CertaPro Painters Ltd.

Residential & commercial painting

101 United Country Real Estate
Real estate brokerage, auction & marketing services
102 Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs
Pizza, subs, salads
103 Zaxby’s Franchising Inc.
Chicken fingers & buffalo wings
104 Pearle Vision Inc.
Eye-care center
105 PostNet Postal & Business Services

Business & communications center

106 EmbroidMe

Embroidery, screen printing, ad specialties

107 1-800-Radiator
Radiators & air conditioning
108 Huntington Learning Centers Inc.

Children’s educational services

109 Smoothie King
Smoothies & healthy products
110 Lawn Doctor
Lawn, tree & shrub care; pest control
111 Moe’s Southwest Grill
Fast-casual Southwestern food
112 Dippin’ Dots Franchising
Specialty ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbert
113 Rooter-Man
Plumbing, drain & sewer cleaning
114 Cruise Planners Franchising LLC/American Express

Cruise/tour travel agency

115 Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo wings & sandwiches
116 Hilton Garden Inn
Upscale midprice hotels
117 Jenny Craig
Weight-loss program
118 Bark Busters Home Dog Training
In-home dog training
119 Ben & Jerry’s
Ice cream parlor
120 Proforma
Printing & promotional products
121 System4
Commercial cleaning
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
122 Culver Franchising System Inc.
Frozen custard & specialty burgers
123 Novus Auto Glass
Windshield repair & replacement
124 Cinnabon
Cinnamon rolls & baked goods
125 Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Chicken wings
126 MARS Int’l. Inc.
Auto appearance reconditioning services
127 Assist-2-Sell
Discount real estate services
128 Mr. Handyman Int’l. LLC
Home maintenance & repairs
129 1-800-Got-Junk?

Full-service junk removal

130 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
131 Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services
In-home tutoring services
132 Goddard Systems Inc.
Preschool/child-care center
133 CruiseOne Inc.

Cruise travel agency

134 Firehouse Subs
Submarine sandwiches
135 Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.
Family steakhouse, buffet & bakery
136 Homes & Land Magazine

Real estate advertising magazine

137 Huddle House
Family-style diner
138 FastSigns Int’l. Inc.
Signs & graphics solutions
139 Taco Del Mar
Mexican food
140 Interiors by Decorating Den

Interior decorating services & products

141 McAlister’s Deli
Southern-style upscale deli
142 Labor Finders
Industrial staffing services
143 Pillar To Post Inspection Services

Home inspections

144 Line-X Corp.
Spray-on truck bed liners, industrial coatings, blast-mitigation coatings
145 Little Gym, The
Children’s development/fitness program
146 Batteries Plus
Batteries & related products
147 Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.
Real estate
148 Foot Solutions Inc.
Comfort shoes & inserts for clients age 40+
149 Baymont Inn & Suites
150 Plato’s Closet
New/used clothing for teens & young adults
151 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Chocolates & confections
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
152 Desert Sun Tanning/Palm Beach Tan
Tanning services, lotions, accessories
153 Charley’s Grilled Subs
Grilled subs, fries, salads
154 Tutoring Club LLC
Individualized instruction for K-12 students
155 TacoTime

Quick-service Mexican restaurant

156 Ramada Worldwide
Limiteds, inns, plaza hotels
157 Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Upscale hotels & resorts
158 Pak Mail

Packaging, shipping, mailboxes, business support

159 Mr. Rooter
Plumbing, drain & sewer cleaning
160 Tuffy Associates Corp./Car-X Associates Corp.
Complete automotive repair
161 Howard Johnson Int’l.
162 One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC
HVAC replacement & services
163 ExpressTax
Tax preparation & electronic filing
164 Primrose School Franchising Co.
Educational child-care facility
165 Fox’s Pizza Den
Pizza, sandwiches, salads, wings
166 Booster Juice
Juice & smoothie bar
167 L&L Franchise Inc.
Quick-service Hawaiian restaurant
168 Knights Franchise Systems
169 Wireless Toyz
Wireless devices & satellite TV services
170 Big O Tires LLC
Tires, wheels, related under-car services
171 Homewood Suites by Hilton
Upscale extended-stay hotels
172 El Pollo Loco
Flame-grilled chicken meals & Mexican entrees
173 Travel Leaders
Travel agency
174 First Choice Haircutters
Hair salon
175 Extreme Pita, The
Pita wrap sandwiches
$139K-335K U.S.
176 Carvel
Ice cream & ice cream cakes
177 Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

178 HouseMaster Home Inspections
Home inspections
179 Enopi-Daekyo America Inc.

Supplemental education

180 Padgett Business Services

Financial, payroll, consulting & tax services

181 American Leak Detection

Concealed water, gas & sewer leak-detection services

Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
182 Beef `O’Brady’s
Family sports pub
183 Gold’s Gym Franchising LLC
Gym & fitness center
184 Super Suppers
Do-it-yourself home meal preparation
185 Curves
Women’s fitness & weight-loss center
186 Money Mailer Franchise Corp.
Direct-mail advertising
187 Homewatch CareGivers

Home-care & transportation services

188 Miracle Method Surface Restoration
Bathtub, sink, countertop & tile repair/refinishing
189 Spherion Corp.
Staffing services & recruiting
190 Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffees & smoothies

191 Lenny’s Sub Shop
Philly cheesesteaks & sub sandwiches
192 Famous Dave’s
Barbecue-themed restaurant
193 Microtel Inns & Suites
Economy hotels
194 Anago Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

195 Pita Pit Inc.
Pita sandwiches
196 Doubletree
Upscale full-service hotels, resorts, guest suites
197 Mathnasium Learning Centers

Math learning center

198 Two Men and a Truck Int’l. Inc.
Moving services
199 Planet Beach Franchising Corp.
Spa & UV-treatment services
200 Colors On Parade
Mobile automotive appearance services
201 Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The
Fondue-specialty restaurant
202 Petland
Full-service pet store
203 Alternative Board, The (TAB)
Peer advisory boards & business coaching
204 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream
205 Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner
Carpet & upholstery cleaning
206 Growth Coach, The

Small-business coaching & mentoring

207 Play N Trade Franchise Inc.

New & used video games

208 Juice It Up!
Juice bar
209 HomeTeam Inspection Service, The
Home inspections
210 Travelodge Hotels
211 Hospitality Int’l. Inc.
Hotels & motels

Courtesy of: http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500/

If you are considering purchasing a convenience store and would like unbiased answers to all of your questions as well as advice on specific store locations:

Contact me at: c-store-expert@greatconsult.com for a FREE e-mail consultation.

If you would like me to visit the particular location I will be able to provide you with a more exact estimate of the store’s income potential .


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