Checking Out Franchises For Sale Every year, Entrepreneur magazine names its top franchises for sale, gathered up into a list called the âFranchise 500.âÂ By referring to this list, prospective franchise owners can determine the top franchise for sale in any number of categoriesâthe best fast-food franchise, the best auto service franchise, the best do-it-yourself picture framing franchise, and so on.Â This publication also names the 10 best franchises for sale regardless of the industry they are in, and it is this list that offers the most coveted ranking of all.Â The ânext hottest franchise conceptâ certainly has a chance to advance in the standings.Â But year after year, the same companies continue to dominate this list, mainly because they have superb brand recognition, a solid financial base, highly satisfied franchisees committed to excellence, and products or services that have stood the test of time.Â As Entrepreneur sees it, here are the top 10 franchise companies for 2009.
1.Â Â Â Subway The top company on this list has gained a reputation for offering fresh, healthy food at very reasonable prices.Â They also come up with some very innovative national marketing campaigns to keep the name âfreshâ in the publicâs eye.Â Subway began franchising in 1974 and has more than 21,000 franchises in the United States.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $15,000, with ongoing royalties of eight percent based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $78,000 and $238,000.Â Subway has franchises for sale in nearly every U.S. state.
2.Â Â Â McDonaldâs Ray Kroc took a California hamburger joint owned by two brothers and turned it into the worldâs largest fast-food restaurant chain.Â Over the years, McDonaldâs has been an innovator from the aspects of both service and menu items, inventing such concepts as the kidsâ meal and drink tops with pre-punched access holes.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $45,000, with ongoing royalties of 12.5 percent based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $950,000 and $1.8 million.Â McDonaldâs has a franchise for sale to residents of every U.S. state, plus worldwide opportunities exist as well.
3.Â Â Â Liberty Tax Service With the tax deadline of April 15 looming over the heads of U.S. citizens every year, more and more taxpayers realize that it pays to hire an outside expert to help them complete their filings.Â The company started as Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in 1972 (and began franchising a year later) and changed its name after buying out another tax business in Canada.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $40,000, with variable ongoing royalties based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $56,000 and $70,000.Â Liberty Tax Service has franchises for sale to anyone living in the U.S. or Canada.
4.Â Â Â Sonic Drive-In Restaurants This company started as a root beer stand in 1954 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, jumping into the franchise business five years later.Â Today there are close to 3,000 Sonic Drive-In franchises across the country.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $45,000, with ongoing royalties ranging from two percent to five percent, based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $1.2 million and $3.2 million.Â Sonic currently seeks out residents of Canada, New Zealand and Australia, offering exclusive territories in its franchise for sale.
5.Â Â Â InterContinental Hotels Group The flagship property in this massive chain is the self-named InterContinental, which include some of the most prestigious hotels in such world capitals as London, Paris, Vienna, Cairo, Nairobi, and many others.Â This hotel conglomerate also includes such familiar brand names as Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Staybridge, and Candlewood.Â There are more than 2,600 franchises in the U.S. alone, as well as another 800-plus in foreign countries.Â Franchise fees and total investments will vary widely, since every property is unique.Â The company charges an ongoing royalty of five percent based on gross annual sales.Â InterContinental has franchises for sale in Oregon as well as assorted worldwide locations.
6.Â Â Â Ace Hardware Corp. The neighborhood hardware store is alive and well in the guise of Ace, a national chain that prides itself on hometown values and helpful personnel who can tell you the best way to paint a door or repair a fence.Â The company began in 1924 and became a franchise operation in 1976.Â There are currently more than 4,200 U.S. franchises.Â The company charges an application fee of $5,000, and oneâs total investment will run from between $400,000 and $1.1 million.Â Ace Hardware has franchise for sale opportunities in all U.S. states.
7.Â Â Â Pizza Hut In 1957, when this pizza chain started business as a single restaurant in Wichita, Kansas, no one would have suspected that it would grow into the largest pizza restaurant chain in the world.Â Today there are nearly 10,000 franchises in existence, including âexpressâ and kiosk locations that expose Pizza Hut products to more people than ever.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $25,000, with ongoing royalties of six percent based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $317,000 and $2.9 million.Â Pizza Hut has franchises for sale in Oregon as well as assorted worldwide locations.
8.Â Â Â The UPS Store / Mail Boxes Etc. Mail Boxes Etc. started in 1980 as a competitor to the U.S. Mail and has since expanded to offer all kinds of services that include the sale of packing materials, copying and printing, mailbox rentals, and shipments of darned near anything to anybody who has a permanent address.Â Re-branded as The UPS Store – although it ships by other carriers as well – the company charges a franchise fee of $30,000, with ongoing royalties of five percent based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $155,000 and $295,000.Â The UPS Store has franchise for sale opportunities in all U.S. states, plus various locations worldwide.
9.Â Â Â Circle K This convenience store chain was founded in 1951 in El Paso, Texas.Â They waited until 1995 to begin franchising, but since then Circle K has seen its U.S. franchises grow to more than 450.Â Surprisingly there are nearly 3,700 franchises overseas.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $15,000, with ongoing royalties of four percent based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $161,000 and $1.4 million.Â In a nationwide expansion mode, Circle K has franchises for sale across the United States as well as in assorted worldwide locations.
10.Â Â Â Papa Johnâs International This pizza chain got its start in 1985 in Jeffersonville, Indiana.Â Papa Johnâs has more than 2,100 U.S. franchises and close to 500 on international soil.Â The company charges a franchise fee of $25,000, with ongoing royalties of five percent based on gross annual sales.Â Oneâs total investment will run from between $135,000 and $490,000.Â Papa Johnâs has franchise for sale opportunities in all U.S. states.