Top Fastest-Growing Franchises for 2015

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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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