Top Fastest-Growing Franchises for 2015

Franchising is all about growth. It’s the goal of every company and a clear measure of success. That’s why we’ve put together this ranking of the 2015 Franchise 500®. The ranking is based on the increase in the number of open and operating U.S. and Canadian franchise units from July 31, 2013, to July 31, 2014. (Ties are listed alphabetically.) At that time, the 104 businesses on this list added 8,757 units in North America. Our list indicates that food still equals fast growth in the franchise world. A whopping 28 quick-service companies made the ranking, with sandwiches and frozen yogurt at the top, represented by six companies each. Fitness franchises are also showing muscle, with eight companies making the ranking (three of them focused on boxing and kickboxing). Indispensable maintenance services like commercial cleaning and disaster restoration are also well-represented. Keep in mind that inclusion in this ranking is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company. Growth, while a good sign, is only one of many factors to look at when seeking a franchise opportunity. Always do your own research—read the company’s legal documents, consult with an attorney and an accountant, and talk to franchisees—before you invest.

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #3

Subs, salads
subway.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 42,227/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +532
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #11
Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods
dunkinfranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 10,993/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +373
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #22
Travel agency
cruiseplannersfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,757/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +302
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #6
Gourmet sandwiches
jimmyjohns.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,043/38
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +288
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #26
Commercial cleaning
vanguardcleaning.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,946/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +250
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #37
Hair salon
greatclipsfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,518/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +231
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #19
Mexican food
tacobellfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 5,157/896
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +227
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #102
Lego-engineering classes, camps, parties
bricks4kidz.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 606/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +181
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #14
Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages
aboutmcdonalds.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 28,994/6,689
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +164
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #36
Men’s sports-themed hair salon
sportclipsfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,269/31
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +16211.
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #61
Subs
firehousesubs.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 771/31
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +159
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #87
Shaved-ice truck
kona-ice.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 559/15
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +150
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #64
Subs
jerseymikes.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 815/30
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +148
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #67
Fitness club
planetfitness.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 773/54
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +146
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #12
Commercial cleaning
jan-pro.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,676/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +144
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #95
Pizza, subs, wings, cheese bread
marcosfranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 523/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +144
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #77
Automotive tools and equipment
mactools.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 617/5
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +143
Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #34
Soft pretzels
auntieannes.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,598/17
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +134
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #127
Home buying, repair, and selling
homevestors.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 477/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +133
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #2
Fitness center
anytimefitness.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,463/36
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +120
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #355
Self-serve frozen yogurt
sweetfrog.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 204/68
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +120
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #29
Hardware and home-improvement store
myace.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,802/85
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +108
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #51
Therapeutic massage and facial services
massageenvy.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,032/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +105
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #65
Cinnamon rolls, baked goods, coffee
cinnabon.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,215/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +104
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #99
Commercial cleaning
buildingstars.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 532/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +101
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #74
Hotels
choicehotelsfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,372/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +100
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #111
Self-serve frozen yogurt
menchies.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 456/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +97
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #5
Hair salon
regisfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,287/1,140
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +97
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #45
Commercial cleaning
cleannetusa.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,951/14
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +94
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #106
Rent-to-own furniture, electronics, computers, appliances
rentacenterfranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 94/2,963
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +94
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #211
Fitness classes and apparel
purebarre.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 255/15
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +93
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #182
Chiropractic services
thejoint.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 222/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +86
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #159
Tanning
palmbeachtan.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 232/174
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +86
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #288
Kickboxing fitness programs
9round.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 167/3
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +84
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #4
Burgers
jackinthebox.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,786/465
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +83
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #70
Chicken wings
wingstop.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 645/19
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +81
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #86
Math tutoring
mathnasium.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 557/10
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +80
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #126
Home care, medical staffing
rightathomefranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 404/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +78
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #23
Vitamins and nutrition products
gncfranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,188/3,419
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +77
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #462
Group personal training
otffranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 108/4
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +72
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #91
Lawn care
weedmanfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 547/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +71
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #361
Healthful-food distribution
healthyvending.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 145/10
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +69
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #157
Appliances, hardware
ownasearsstore.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 218/115
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +69
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #33
Mechanics’ tools and equipment
gomatco.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,493/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +68
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #75
Real estate
remax.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,552/21
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +66
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #272
Assisted-living referral and placement
carepatrol.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 127/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +63
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #42
Convenience stores
circlek.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 5,093/3,184
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +62
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #125
Wood floor and cabinet refinishing
nhancefranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +60
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #50
Window coverings, window film, rugs, accessories
budget-blinds-franchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 934/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +58
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #72
Batteries, light bulbs, related products
batteriesplus.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 586/42
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +57
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #21
Postal, business and communications services
theupsstore.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,793/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +54
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #339
Insurance restoration
pauldavis.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 260/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +53
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #460
Paint-and-sip studio
pinotspalette.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 88/4
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +53
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #31
Commercial/residential cleaning, disaster restoration
servicemasterfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,983/6
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +53
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #96
Mobile security, biometrics, locksmithing, related services
popalock.com/franchising.php
Total franchises/co.-owned: 432/3
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +52
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #9
Pizza, pasta, wings
pizzahutfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 12,956/2,011
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +51
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #40
Sculpted fresh fruit bouquets
ediblearrangements.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,148/4
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #380
Massage and spa services
handandstone.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 159/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #109
Home inspections
pillartopost.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 439/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #7
Insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning
servpro.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,664/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #59
Buffalo wings, sandwiches
buffalowildwings.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 581/448
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #377
Insurance/disaster restoration
dkiservices.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #357
Snack and beverage vending machines
freshvending.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 185/35
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #32
take-and-bake pizza
papamurphys.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,356/76
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #372
Environmentally friendly mold cleaning, pest control, and odor elimination
greenhomesolutions.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 102/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +48
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #150
Travel agency
cruiseonefranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 990/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +47
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #162
Sandwiches
whichwich.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 293/4
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +47
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #216
Landscape maintenance
groundsguysfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 193/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +46
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #78
Southwestern food
moes.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 550/4
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +45
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #63
Carpet, drapery and upholstery cleaning; tile and stone care
chemdryfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,565/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +43
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #195
Travel agency
travelleaders.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 381/14
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +41
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #408
Smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads
tropicalsmoothiefranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 384/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +41
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #71
Signs
discoversignarama.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 949/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +40
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #447
Electronics repairs
ubreakifix.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 58/19
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +40
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #123
Pita sandwiches
pitapitusa.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 489/14
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +39
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #219
Business brokerage; franchise consulting
discover.tworld.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 174/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +39
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #170
Nonmedical home care
synergyhomecare.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 280/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +38
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #409
Math, science, technology and engineering activities
engineeringforkids.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 106/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +37
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #367
Home organization products and services
tailoredliving.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 162/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +36
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #85
Frozen custard, specialty burgers
culvers.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 511/8
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #132
Frozen yogurt
orangeleafyogurt.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 312/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #431
Salon suites
phenixsalonsuites.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/6
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #168
Self-serve frozen yogurt
franchise.yogurt-land.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 277/19
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #256
Chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, sandwiches, salads
zaxbysfranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 518/104
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #187
Environmental services
advantacleanfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 169/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +34
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #205
Music education
schoolofrock.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 135/14
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +34
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #208
Therapeutic massage services
elementsmassage.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 179/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +33
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #122
Liquor inventory-control services
sculpturehospitality.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 372/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +33
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #429
Threading, eyelash extensions, waxing, spa services, and products
sevabeautyfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 78/4
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +33
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #66
Staffing, HR solutions
expressfranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 665/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #1
Midprice hotels
hiltonworldwide.com/development
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,963/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #260
Paint-and-sip studio
paintingwithatwist.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 114/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #108
Teen- and young-adult-clothing resale store
platoscloset.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 408/0
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #486
Commercial and residential property management
propertymanagementinc.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 80/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #230
Boxing and kickboxing fitness classes, personal training, apparel
titlefranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 135/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #295
Fitness, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA classes
ufcgym.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 105/18
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #142
Economy hotels
redrooffranchising.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 238/136
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +31
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #15
Furniture, electronics, computer, and appliance leasing and sales
aaronsfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 793/1,346
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #188
Swimming-pool maintenance, repairs, renovations
asppoolco.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 159/1
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #38
Residential cleaning
maids.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,115/35
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #371
Trampoline playing court
skyzone.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 70/2
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #175
Electronics repairs and sales
cellphonerepair.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 169/3
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +29
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #129
Pizza, subs, wings, salads
jetspizza.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 310/26
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +29
2015 Franchise 500 rank: #79
Smoothies, health products
smoothiekingfranchise.com
Total franchises/co.-owned: 666/17
U.S./Canada franchise growth: +29

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