Top Fastest-Growing Franchises for 2015

    By | Small Business

    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 fastest-growing companies from the 2015 Franchise 500®.

    The ranking is based on the increase in number of open and operating U.S. and Canadian franchise units from July 31, 2013, to July 31, 2014. (Ties are listed alphabetically.) In 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). And 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.

    1. Subway

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #3
    Subs, salads
    subway.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 42,227/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +532

    2. Dunkin’ Donuts

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #11
    Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods
    dunkinfranchising.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 10,993/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +373

    3. Cruise Planners

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #22
    Travel agency
    cruiseplannersfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,757/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +302

    4. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #6
    Gourmet sandwiches
    jimmyjohns.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,043/38
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +288

    5. Vanguard Cleaning Systems

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #26
    Commercial cleaning
    vanguardcleaning.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,946/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +250

    6. Great Clips

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #37
    Hair salon
    greatclipsfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,518/2
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +231

    7. Taco Bell

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #19
    Mexican food
    tacobellfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 5,157/896
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +227

    8. Bricks 4 Kidz

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #102
    Lego-engineering classes, camps, parties
    bricks4kidz.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 606/2
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +181

    9. McDonald’s

    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

    10. Sport Clips

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #36
    Men’s sports-theme hair salon
    sportclipsfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,269/31
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +162

    11. Firehouse Subs

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #61
    Subs
    firehousesubs.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 771/31
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +159

    12. Kona Ice

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #87
    Shaved-ice truck
    kona-ice.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 559/15
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +150

    13. Jersey Mike’s Subs

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #64
    Subs
    jerseymikes.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 815/30
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +148

    14. Planet Fitness

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #67
    Fitness club
    planetfitness.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 773/54
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +146

    15. Jan-Pro Franchising International 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #12
    Commercial cleaning
    jan-pro.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,676/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +144

    15. Marco’s Franchising 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #95
    Pizza, subs, wings, cheese bread
    marcosfranchising.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 523/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +144

    17. Mac Tools

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #77
    Automotive tools and equipment
    mactools.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 617/5
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +143

    18. Auntie Anne’s

    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

    19. HomeVestors of America 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #127
    Home buying, repair and selling
    homevestors.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 477/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +133

    20. Anytime Fitness

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #2
    Fitness center
    anytimefitness.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,463/36
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +120

    20. Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #355
    Self-serve frozen yogurt
    sweetfrog.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 204/68
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +120

    22. Ace Hardware 

    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

    23. Massage Envy Spa

    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

    24. Cinnabon

    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

    25. Buildingstars International 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #99
    Commercial cleaning
    buildingstars.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 532/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +101

    26. Choice Hotels International

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #74
    Hotels
    choicehotelsfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,372/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +100

    27. Menchie’s

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #111
    Self-serve frozen yogurt
    menchies.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 456/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +97

    27. Supercuts

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #5
    Hair salon
    regisfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,287/1,140
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +97

    29. CleanNet USA 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #45
    Commercial cleaning
    cleannetusa.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,951/14
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +94

    29. Rent-A-Center 

    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

    31. Pure Barre

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #211
    Fitness classes and apparel
    purebarre.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 255/15
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +93

    32. The Joint 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #182
    Chiropractic services
    thejoint.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 222/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +86

    32. Palm Beach Tan

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #159
    Tanning
    palmbeachtan.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 232/174
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +86

    34. 9Round

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #288
    Kickboxing fitness programs
    9round.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 167/3
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +84

    35. Jack in the Box

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #4
    Burgers
    jackinthebox.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,786/465
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +83

    36. Wingstop Restaurants 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #70
    Chicken wings
    wingstop.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 645/19
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +81

    37. Mathnasium Learning Centers

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #86
    Math tutoring
    mathnasium.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 557/10
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +80

    38. Right at Home 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #126
    Home care, medical staffing
    rightathomefranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 404/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +78

    39. GNC Franchising

    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

    40. Orangetheory Fitness

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #462
    Group personal training
    otffranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 108/4
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +72

    41. Weed Man

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #91
    Lawn care
    weedmanfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 547/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +71

    42. HUMAN Healthy Vending

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #361
    Healthful-food distribution
    healthyvending.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 145/10
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +69

    42. Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #157
    Appliances, hardware
    ownasearsstore.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 218/115
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +69

    44. Matco Tools

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #33
    Mechanics’ tools and equipment
    gomatco.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,493/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +68

    45. RE/MAX 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #75
    Real estate
    remax.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,552/21
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +66

    46. CarePatrol Franchise Systems 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #272
    Assisted-living referral and placement
    carepatrol.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 127/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +63

    47. Circle K

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #42
    Convenience stores
    circlek.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 5,093/3,184
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +62

    48. N-Hance

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #125
    Wood floor and cabinet refinishing
    nhancefranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +60

    49. Budget Blinds 

    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

    50. Batteries Plus Bulbs

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #72
    Batteries, light bulbs, related products
    batteriesplus.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 586/42
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +57

    51. The UPS Store

    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

    52. Paul Davis Restoration 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #339
    Insurance restoration
    pauldavis.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 260/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +53

    52. Pinot’s Palette

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #460
    Paint-and-sip studio
    pinotspalette.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 88/4
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +53

    52. ServiceMaster Clean

    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

    55. Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

    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

    56. Pizza Hut 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #9
    Pizza, pasta, wings
    pizzahutfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 12,956/2,011
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +51

    57. Edible Arrangements International 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #40
    Sculpted fresh fruit bouquets
    ediblearrangements.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,148/4
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50

    57. Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #380
    Massage and spa services
    handandstone.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 159/2
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50

    57. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #109
    Home inspections
    pillartopost.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 439/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +50

    57. Servpro

    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

    61. Buffalo Wild Wings

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #59
    Buffalo wings, sandwiches
    buffalowildwings.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 581/448
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49

    61. DKI

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #377
    Insurance/disaster restoration
    dkiservices.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49

    61. Fresh Healthy Vending

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #357
    Snack and beverage vending machines
    freshvending.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 185/35
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49

    61. Papa Murphy’s

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #32
    Take-and-bake pizza
    papamurphys.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,356/76
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +49

    65. Green Home Solutions

    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

    66. CruiseOne

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #150
    Travel agency
    cruiseonefranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 990/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +47

    66. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #162
    Sandwiches
    whichwich.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 293/4
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +47

    68. The Grounds Guys 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #216
    Landscape maintenance
    groundsguysfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 193/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +46

    69. Moe’s Southwest Grill

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #78
    Southwestern food
    moes.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 550/4
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +45

    70. Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

    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

    71. Travel Leaders

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #195
    Travel agency
    travelleaders.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 381/14
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +41

    71. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #408
    Smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads
    tropicalsmoothiefranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 384/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +41

    73. Sign-A-Rama 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #71
    Signs
    discoversignarama.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 949/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +40

    73. uBreakiFix

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #447
    Electronics repairs
    ubreakifix.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 58/19
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +40

    75. Pita Pit 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #123
    Pita sandwiches
    pitapitusa.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 489/14
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +39

    75. Transworld Business Advisors

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #219
    Business brokerage; franchise consulting
    discover.tworld.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 174/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +39

    77. Synergy HomeCare

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #170
    Nonmedical home care
    synergyhomecare.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 280/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +38

    78. Engineering for Kids

    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

    79. Tailored Living

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #367
    Home organization products and services
    tailoredliving.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 162/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +36

    80. Culver Franchising System 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #85
    Frozen custard, specialty burgers
    culvers.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 511/8
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35

    80. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #132
    Frozen yogurt
    orangeleafyogurt.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 312/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35

    80. Phenix Salon Suites Franchising 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #431
    Salon suites
    phenixsalonsuites.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 77/6
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +35

    80. Yogurtland Franchising 

    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

    80. Zaxby’s Franchising 

    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

    85. AdvantaClean

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #187
    Environmental services
    advantacleanfranchise.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 169/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +34

    85. School of Rock

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #205
    Music education
    schoolofrock.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 135/14
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +34

    87. Elements Massage

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #208
    Therapeutic massage services
    elementsmassage.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 179/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +33

    87. Sculpture Hospitality

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #122
    Liquor inventory-control services
    sculpturehospitality.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 372/2
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +33

    87. Seva Beauty

    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

    90. Express Employment Professionals

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #66
    Staffing, HR solutions
    expressfranchising.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 665/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32

    90. Hampton Hotels

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #1
    Midprice hotels
    hiltonworldwide.com/development
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,963/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32

    90. Painting with a Twist

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #260
    Paint-and-sip studio
    paintingwithatwist.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 114/0
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32

    90. Plato’s Closet

    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

    90. Property Management 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #486
    Commercial and residential property management
    propertymanagementinc.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 80/2
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +32

    90. Title Boxing Club

    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

    90. UFC Gym

    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

    97. Red Roof Franchising 

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #142
    Economy hotels
    redrooffranchising.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 238/136
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +31

    98. Aaron’s

    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

    98. ASP-America’s Swimming Pool Company

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #188
    Swimming-pool maintenance, repairs, renovations
    asppoolco.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 159/1
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30

    98. The Maids

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #38
    Residential cleaning
    maids.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,115/35
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30

    98. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #371
    Trampoline playing court
    skyzone.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 70/2
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +30

    102. CPR-Cell Phone Repair

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #175
    Electronics repairs and sales
    cellphonerepair.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 169/3
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +29

    102. Jet’s Pizza

    2015 Franchise 500 rank: #129
    Pizza, subs, wings, salads
    jetspizza.com
    Total franchises/co.-owned: 310/26
    U.S./Canada franchise growth: +29

    102. Smoothie King

    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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