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
$80K-310K
3 Dunkin’ Donuts

Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

Varies
4 Pizza Hut
Pizza
$1.1M-1.7M
5 McDonald’s
Hamburgers, chicken, salads
$950K-1.8M
6 Sonic Drive In Restaurants
Drive-in restaurant
$820K-2.3M
7 KFC Corp.
Chicken
$1.1M-1.7M
8 InterContinental Hotels Group
Hotels
Varies
9 Domino’s Pizza LLC
Pizza, breadsticks, buffalo wings
$118.5K-460.3K
10 RE/MAX Int’l. Inc.
Real estate
$35K-200K
11 UPS Store, The/Mail Boxes Etc.

Postal, business & communications services

$170.8K-279.4K
12 Ace Hardware Corp.

Hardware & home improvement store

$400K-1.1M
13 Jani-King

Commercial cleaning

$11.3K-34.1K+
14 Jiffy Lube Int’l. Inc.
Fast oil change
$214K-273K
15 Arby’s
Sandwiches, chicken, salads
$336.5K-2.4M
16 Baskin-Robbins USA Co.
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen beverages
$156.9K-560.4K
17 Circle K
Convenience store
$648K
18 Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Supplemental education

$30.96K-129.4K
19 Great Clips Inc.

Hair salon

$110K-202K
20 Bonus Building Care

Commercial cleaning

$8.8K-14.7K
21 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Tax preparation services
$48.6K-91.8K
22 Taco Bell Corp.
Quick-service Mexican restaurant
$1.1M-1.7M
23 Liberty Tax Service
Income-tax preparation services
$45.8K-66.9K
24 Super 8
Economy motels
$278.9K-2.9M
25 Dairy Queen
Soft-serve dairy products & sandwiches
$655K-1.3M
26 Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

$3.3K-49.9K
27 Blimpie

Submarine sandwiches & salads

$142.4K-391.2K
28 Servpro
Insurance/disaster restoration & cleaning
$100.3K-159.2K
29 Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet, drapery & upholstery cleaning; tile & stone care

$25.3K-213.6K
30 Matco Tools
Tools
$79K-182K
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
31 Days Inn
Hotels & inns
$394.7K-5.7M
32 Hampton Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites
Midprice hotels
$3.6M-10.8M
33 ServiceMaster Clean

Comm’l./residential cleaning & disaster restoration

$21.1K-116K
34 Supercuts

Hair salon

$95.6K-219.2K
35 ampm Mini Market
Convenience store & gas station
$2.5M-6.4M
36 Papa John’s Int’l. Inc.
Pizza
$250K
37 Merle Norman Cosmetics

Cosmetics studio

$33.1K-168.7K
38 Miracle-Ear Inc.
Hearing instruments
$111.5K-356.5K
39 Cartridge World

Printer/fax cartridge replacements & sales

$117.1K-181.6K
40 Midas
Auto repair & maintenance services
$265.9K-365.9K
41 GNC Franchising Inc.
Vitamin & nutrition store
$132.7K-182K
42 Maids Home Service, The
Residential cleaning
$105K-155K
43 ERA Franchise Systems LLC
Real estate
$42.7K-205.9K
44 Jazzercise Inc.
Dance/exercise classes
$2.99K-33.1K
45 Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Real estate
$11.8K-522.8K
46 WSI Internet

Internet services

$58.4K-163.2K
47 Denny’s Inc.
Full-service family restaurant
$1.3M-2M
48 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
Real estate
$23.5K-490.5K
49 Edible Arrangements Int’l. Inc.
Floral-like designs from sculpted fresh fruit
$147.5K-307.98K
50 Snap-on Tools
Professional tools & equipment
$19.8K-276.4K
51 CleanNet USA Inc.
Commercial cleaning
$3.9K-35.6K
52 Fantastic Sams

Full-service hair salon

$100.5K-230.1K
53 Choice Hotels Int’l.
Hotels, inns, suites, resorts
$2.3M-12.6M
54 Instant Tax Service
Retail tax preparation & electronic filing
$39K-89K
55 Long John Silver’s Restaurants Inc.
Fish & chicken
$1.1M-1.7M
56 Carl’s Jr. Restaurants
Hamburgers & chicken sandwiches
$945.5K-1.4M
57 Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops
Gourmet sandwiches
$289.9K-386.5K
58 Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
Furniture, electronics, computer & appliance leasing & sales
$269K-574K
59 Papa Murphy’s
Take-&-bake pizza
$209K-300K
60 Budget Blinds Inc.
Window coverings
$79.7K-153.1K
61 AAMCO Transmissions Inc.
Transmission repair & services
$196.8K-252.4K
62 Hardee’s
Burgers, chicken, biscuits
$820.8K-1.2M
63 Vanguard Cleaning Systems
Commercial cleaning
$6.6K-32.9K
64 Sylvan Learning Centers
Supplemental education
$179.4K-297.4K
65 Merry Maids
Residential cleaning
$24.8K-57.5K
66 Keller Williams Realty
Real estate
$174.6K-557.5K
67 Candy Bouquet

Floral-like designer gifts & gourmet confections

$9.9K-52.4K
68 Coffee News

Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants

$9.5K
69 Results! Travel
Travel services
$25-10.7K
70 Minuteman Press Int’l. Inc.

Full-service printing & graphics center

$100K-250K
71 LA Weight Loss Centers
Health services & weight-loss counseling
$84.6K-149.8K
73 Home Helpers/Direct Link

Nonmedical care services

$41.7K-73.3K
74 Sport Clips
Men’s sports-themed hair salon
$165K
75 Anytime Fitness
Fitness center
$28.3K-286.5K
76 ActionCoach
Business coaching, consulting & training
$82.3K
77 Express Employment Professionals

Staffing & HR solutions

$129.2K-166.5K
78 Fitness Together
Personal fitness training
$141K-235K
79 Hot Stuff Foods LLC
Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets
$20K-87K
80 Meineke Car Care Centers

Exhaust systems, shocks, brakes, struts, oil changes

$190K-350K
81 Molly Maid
Residential cleaning
$66.3K-111.6K
82 Massage Envy
Therapeutic massage services
$200K-400K
83 Auntie Anne’s Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
Hand-rolled soft pretzels
$197.8K-441K
84 Sign-A-Rama Inc.

Signs

$148.5K
85 Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
New Orleans-style fried chicken, seafood, biscuits
$658K-971K+
86 Aussie Pet Mobile
Mobile pet grooming
$63.4K-124.6K
87 Home Instead Senior Care

Nonmedical senior-care services

$39.1K-52.1K
88 Heaven’s Best Carpet & Uphol. Cleaning
Carpet & upholstery cleaning
$44.9K-65.9K
89 Cost Cutters Family Hair Care
Family hair salon
$76K-184.8K
90 Cold Stone Creamery

Ice cream, Italian sorbet

$292.4K-438.98K
91 La Quinta Franchising LLC
Hotels
$5.4M-7.1M
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
92 CiCi’s Pizza
All-you-can-eat pizza buffet
$417.7K-653.2K
93 Rita’s Italian Ice

Italian ices, frozen custard, gelati

$198.2K-445.5K
94 Qdoba Mexican Grill
Fast-casual Mexican food
$439K-727K
95 Maid Brigade
Residential cleaning
$57.5K-180K
96 Snap Fitness Inc.
24-hour fitness center
$70K-242K
97 Comfort Keepers

Nonmedical in-home care

$59.6K-90K
98 Yogen Fruz
Frozen yogurt & soft-serve ice cream
$160K-180K
99 Postal Annex+
Packaging, shipping, postal & business services
$128.8K-190K
100 CertaPro Painters Ltd.

Residential & commercial painting

$119K-144K
101 United Country Real Estate
Real estate brokerage, auction & marketing services
$11.3K-32.9K
102 Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs
Pizza, subs, salads
$121.1K-433K
103 Zaxby’s Franchising Inc.
Chicken fingers & buffalo wings
$230.5K-511.4K
104 Pearle Vision Inc.
Eye-care center
$108.6K-492.4K
105 PostNet Postal & Business Services

Business & communications center

$167K-193K
106 EmbroidMe

Embroidery, screen printing, ad specialties

$187K-189K
107 1-800-Radiator
Radiators & air conditioning
$172K+
108 Huntington Learning Centers Inc.

Children’s educational services

$201.6K-367.7K
109 Smoothie King
Smoothies & healthy products
$148K-299K
110 Lawn Doctor
Lawn, tree & shrub care; pest control
$107.6K-110.7K
111 Moe’s Southwest Grill
Fast-casual Southwestern food
$256K-651K
112 Dippin’ Dots Franchising
Specialty ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbert
$80K-230K
113 Rooter-Man
Plumbing, drain & sewer cleaning
$46.8K-137.6K
114 Cruise Planners Franchising LLC/American Express

Cruise/tour travel agency

$1.9K-19.6K
115 Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo wings & sandwiches
$842.2K-2.98M
116 Hilton Garden Inn
Upscale midprice hotels
$10.8M-16.3M
117 Jenny Craig
Weight-loss program
$164.6K-440.5K
118 Bark Busters Home Dog Training
In-home dog training
$71.1K-96.4K
119 Ben & Jerry’s
Ice cream parlor
$172.8K-438.9K
120 Proforma
Printing & promotional products
$2.5K-32K
121 System4
Commercial cleaning
$5.5K-37.8K
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
122 Culver Franchising System Inc.
Frozen custard & specialty burgers
$340.4K-2.9M
123 Novus Auto Glass
Windshield repair & replacement
$14.9K-190K
124 Cinnabon
Cinnamon rolls & baked goods
$119.5K-284K
125 Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
Chicken wings
$257.9K-400.9K
126 MARS Int’l. Inc.
Auto appearance reconditioning services
$500-49K
127 Assist-2-Sell
Discount real estate services
$50K-101.5K
128 Mr. Handyman Int’l. LLC
Home maintenance & repairs
$91.2K-132.3K
129 1-800-Got-Junk?

Full-service junk removal

$90K-150K+
130 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Hotels
$3.2M-5.5M
131 Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services
In-home tutoring services
$32K-65.5K
132 Goddard Systems Inc.
Preschool/child-care center
$632.3K-679.6K
133 CruiseOne Inc.

Cruise travel agency

$9.8K-25.4K
134 Firehouse Subs
Submarine sandwiches
$221K-465K
135 Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.
Family steakhouse, buffet & bakery
$2M-5.9M
136 Homes & Land Magazine

Real estate advertising magazine

$50K-133K
137 Huddle House
Family-style diner
$100K-850K
138 FastSigns Int’l. Inc.
Signs & graphics solutions
$222.3K-325.9K
139 Taco Del Mar
Mexican food
$146K-294K
140 Interiors by Decorating Den

Interior decorating services & products

$49.9K
141 McAlister’s Deli
Southern-style upscale deli
$397.5K-1.5M
142 Labor Finders
Industrial staffing services
$120K-207K
143 Pillar To Post Inspection Services

Home inspections

$35.7K-73.7K
144 Line-X Corp.
Spray-on truck bed liners, industrial coatings, blast-mitigation coatings
$115.2K-202.5K
145 Little Gym, The
Children’s development/fitness program
$193.5K-274.5K
146 Batteries Plus
Batteries & related products
$145.8K-300.7K
147 Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.
Real estate
$50K-345.2K
148 Foot Solutions Inc.
Comfort shoes & inserts for clients age 40+
$195.7K-236.3K
149 Baymont Inn & Suites
Hotels
$374.7K-4.9M
150 Plato’s Closet
New/used clothing for teens & young adults
$161K-317K
151 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Chocolates & confections
$114.7K-514.6K
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
152 Desert Sun Tanning/Palm Beach Tan
Tanning services, lotions, accessories
$368.3K-824.8K
153 Charley’s Grilled Subs
Grilled subs, fries, salads
$127.5K-513.5K
154 Tutoring Club LLC
Individualized instruction for K-12 students
$83.2K-125.8K
155 TacoTime

Quick-service Mexican restaurant

$145.1K-721.3K
156 Ramada Worldwide
Limiteds, inns, plaza hotels
$380.7K-10.2M
157 Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Upscale hotels & resorts
$33M-57M
158 Pak Mail

Packaging, shipping, mailboxes, business support

$117.2K-150.9K
159 Mr. Rooter
Plumbing, drain & sewer cleaning
$51.7K-142K
160 Tuffy Associates Corp./Car-X Associates Corp.
Complete automotive repair
$239K-429.5K
161 Howard Johnson Int’l.
Hotels
$390.7K-6.7M
162 One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC
HVAC replacement & services
$53.9K-490.4K
163 ExpressTax
Tax preparation & electronic filing
$15.4K-40.1K
164 Primrose School Franchising Co.
Educational child-care facility
$100K-4.2M
165 Fox’s Pizza Den
Pizza, sandwiches, salads, wings
$93.6K-115.6K
166 Booster Juice
Juice & smoothie bar
$175.2K-287.2K
167 L&L Franchise Inc.
Quick-service Hawaiian restaurant
$254.3K-525.4K
168 Knights Franchise Systems
Hotels
$189K-4.4M
169 Wireless Toyz
Wireless devices & satellite TV services
$226.1K-666.8K
170 Big O Tires LLC
Tires, wheels, related under-car services
$225.8K-543.3K
171 Homewood Suites by Hilton
Upscale extended-stay hotels
$10.6M-15.6M
172 El Pollo Loco
Flame-grilled chicken meals & Mexican entrees
$417K-720K
173 Travel Leaders
Travel agency
$1.6K-11.6K
174 First Choice Haircutters
Hair salon
$96K-167K
175 Extreme Pita, The
Pita wrap sandwiches
$139K-335K U.S.
176 Carvel
Ice cream & ice cream cakes
$46.9K-388.7K
177 Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

$82.7K-383.3K
178 HouseMaster Home Inspections
Home inspections
$37.5K-61.5K
179 Enopi-Daekyo America Inc.

Supplemental education

$52.2K-91K
180 Padgett Business Services

Financial, payroll, consulting & tax services

$88.9K
181 American Leak Detection

Concealed water, gas & sewer leak-detection services

$83.3K-233.5K
Rank Franchise Name/Description Startup Costs
182 Beef `O’Brady’s
Family sports pub
$348K-786K
183 Gold’s Gym Franchising LLC
Gym & fitness center
$961.5K-3.6M
184 Super Suppers
Do-it-yourself home meal preparation
$175.4K-263.2K
185 Curves
Women’s fitness & weight-loss center
$31.4K-53.5K
186 Money Mailer Franchise Corp.
Direct-mail advertising
$59.7K-86.5K
187 Homewatch CareGivers

Home-care & transportation services

$90K-110K
188 Miracle Method Surface Restoration
Bathtub, sink, countertop & tile repair/refinishing
$75K
189 Spherion Corp.
Staffing services & recruiting
$97.7K-163.2K
190 Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffees & smoothies

$75K-550K
191 Lenny’s Sub Shop
Philly cheesesteaks & sub sandwiches
$210K-348.5K
192 Famous Dave’s
Barbecue-themed restaurant
$1.2M-3.9M
193 Microtel Inns & Suites
Economy hotels
$2.8M-5.6M
194 Anago Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

$8K-350K
195 Pita Pit Inc.
Pita sandwiches
$221K-357K
196 Doubletree
Upscale full-service hotels, resorts, guest suites
$24.8M-39.2M
197 Mathnasium Learning Centers

Math learning center

$50K-70K
198 Two Men and a Truck Int’l. Inc.
Moving services
$150K-413K
199 Planet Beach Franchising Corp.
Spa & UV-treatment services
$223K-589K
200 Colors On Parade
Mobile automotive appearance services
$45.1K-180.2K
201 Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The
Fondue-specialty restaurant
$727.8K-1.5M
202 Petland
Full-service pet store
$550.5K-1.5M
203 Alternative Board, The (TAB)
Peer advisory boards & business coaching
$55.1K-124.9K
204 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream
$172K-1.2M
205 Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner
Carpet & upholstery cleaning
$91.5K-216.7K
206 Growth Coach, The

Small-business coaching & mentoring

$43.2K-66.4K
207 Play N Trade Franchise Inc.

New & used video games

$176.2K-362.2K
208 Juice It Up!
Juice bar
$232K-421K
209 HomeTeam Inspection Service, The
Home inspections
$46K-71.5K
210 Travelodge Hotels
Hotels
$384.7K-5.7M
211 Hospitality Int’l. Inc.
Hotels & motels
Varies

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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