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    Five most expensive franchise types

    By Andrew Weber | Yahoo Small Business

    Most expensive franchise industriesMost expensive franchise industries

    There are thousands of franchises in all type of industries, some of which can be started for as little as $25,000 and some of which require millions of dollars. Here are five of the most expensive industries for franchise businesses:

    1. Hotels and motel franchises - Hotels and motels are generally the largest franchises and are far and away the most expensive. Hotel and motel franchises of all different price and quality levels cost a couple of million dollars to begin. The real estate is expensive to begin with, and then building out the hotel property costs a lot more property size. One of the most expensive franchises in this area may be the Doubletree by Hilton, which can cost upwards of $50 million to get started.

    2. Restaurant franchises - Casual restaurants like TGI Fridays cost around $1 million to begin. A Denny's, for example, costs between $1 million to $2 million to start up.

    3. Fast food franchises - While not all franchises in this category are very expensive, many of the biggest fast food names, such as McDonald's and Burger King charge higher franchise fees than some lesser-known chains for the universal power of their brand names.

    4. Gas station/convenience store franchises - This category is dominated by large national names like 7-Eleven that cost about a million dollars. Only some locations have a gas station, but that addition significantly tacks on to the total costs.

    5. Storage franchises - The massive commercial space necessary for a storage franchise such as Amazing Spaces-Storage Centers is the biggest expense incurred

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