1-800-Water Damage started as a home-based carpet cleaning business in the early 1990s. Business boomed almost immediately and the company was forced to continue expanding to meet the demand for dependable, on-call emergency restoration services to mitigate damages from fire, flooding, and other disasters. 1-800-Water Damage franchised in 2002 and is now comprised of over 70 independently owned and operated stores.
Start-up Cost: $98K - 175K
A-1 Concrete Leveling uses an innovative method to restore concrete slabs to level, eliminating the need for demolition and replacement. The company exclusively uses a machine and technique developed by inventor Grover Miller. The device injects slurry underneath uneven concrete slabs via a small hole drilled into the surface. This raises the sagging portions until the slab is level. Incorporated in 1993, A-1 operates through more than 70 franchisee-owned locations.
Start-up Cost: $115.5K - 145.9K
Allegra locations provide a long list of marketing, printing, and mailing solutions for customers. From printing and design services to online file transferring, the company works with all kinds of clients from students to small businesses. The company was founded in 1976 and became a franchised operation the year after. Allegra has grown into a conglomerate of more than 300 individually owned service centers.
Start-up Cost: $172.35K - 520.81K
AlphaGraphics started as a small copy and print shop in Tucson, Arizona in 1970. The shop’s array of services have grown along with technology and the popular chain now serves the communications needs of clients through online services and in their stores. Nearly 300 of the franchises operating out of several locations in the U.S. and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $242K - 412K
Amramp helps provide mobility and accessibility solutions for disabled individuals. Specializing in wheelchair ramps, the company sells and installs mobility products through more than 40 franchised outlets. Amramp’s wheelchair ramps are designed for optimal safety and ease of use.
Start-up Cost: $125.41K - 134.63K
ApexNetwork provides patients with a wide variety of physical therapy services, employing qualified therapists to serve with all kinds of needs in all areas of the body. The company works with privately paying individuals as well as with insurance companies, including Worker’s Compensation. The company was founded in 1999 and franchised in 2008.
Start-up Cost: $101K - 270.9K
Apricot Lane is a chain of specialty boutiques catering to women. They carry high-fashion clothing, accessories, decor, and gifts. Apricot Lane stores are the concept of Country Visions, a franchising company. The Apricot Lane name can be seen in 28 states, and growth projections are promising.
Start-up Cost: $165.3K - 402.8K
Anne Beiler came up with her business concept while working a concession stand at a Maryland Farmer’s Market. The soft pretzels offered at the stand far outsold the pizza, hot dogs, and other foods on its menu. When Anne started rolling the dough and shaping the pretzels in front of customers, the demand for them grew even more. After a while, Beiler decided to purchase her own stand, which she named Auntie Anne’s. Before long, Auntie Anne’s pretzel stands started popping up in malls, airports, train stations, and elsewhere. Now the Auntie Anne’s franchise is almost 1,200 strong.
Start-up Cost: $197.88K - 364.1K
Batteries Plus originated in Green Bay, Wisconsin where the first of these specialized battery sales and service stores was opened in 1988. The company sells batteries for all manner of electronics and equipment to individual and commercial clients. With nearly 500 locations in the United States, Batteries Plus has made a distinctive name for itself in the franchise world.
Start-up Cost: $175.6K - 350.2K
Baymont Inns & Suites have been around since 1974, when the first one was opened by entrepreneur Steven Marcus in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He called it Budgetel. Later changed to Baymont, the name still represents value in lodging and is part of the Wyndham Worldwide group of hotels, which also includes Days Inn, Microtel, and Ramada.
Start-up Cost: $195.87K - 5.49M
Already the owner of an area Italian restaurant, Jim Mellody purchased a small sandwich shop in Brandon, Florida in 1985. He based his menu on customer input, creating homemade sandwiches and using his own recipe for Buffalo wings. Mellody developed his concept, adding a sports theme and dubbing the establishment Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. He decided to take the idea to the franchising market and things really took off for the company, which now encompasses more than 200 franchised locations throughout the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $206.5K - 826.5K
Ben & Jerry’s first Scoop Shop opened in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield founded the company, and their names have since become synonymous with premium specialty ice cream. There are nearly 800 Ben & Jerry’s franchises open today, selling their company’s signature flavors like “Chubby Hubby” and “Cherry Garcia.”
Start-up Cost: $161.75K - 469.75K
Better Homes and Gardens is a collection of franchised real estate brokerages employing highly qualified agents to assist customers in commercial and residential real estate sales. Franchisees enjoy operating under a long-standing and familiar brand name, and the company offers marketing support and other services to its owners.
Start-up Cost: $190.97K - 511.55K
Paul Stolzer opened the first Big Apple Bagels in 1993. He created a franchise model and began to sell the idea to entrepreneurs almost immediately. The bakery/cafes serve their signature bagels along with coffee, muffins, smoothies, and sandwiches. The company carries its own trademarked line of coffee, bagels, and muffins.
Start-up Cost: $248.8K - 358.63K
Bob Fish and Mary Roszel founded Biggby Coffee in 1995, opening their first shop in East Lansing, Michigan. The store, then called Beaner’s, was popular with students at nearby Michigan State University. Word spread quickly, and by 1999 Bob and Mary were ready to franchise their business. Over twelve years and one name change later, Biggby Coffee now has 132 U.S. locations.
Start-up Cost: $181.85K - 358.1K
Entrepreneur Anthony Conze founded Blimpie restaurants, opening the first one in 1964 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Kahala brands now owns the Blimpie Subs & Salads name (along with others such as Cold Stone Creamery, Surf City Squeeze, and Taco Time) and there are over 700 Blimpie franchise locations in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $145.9K - 397.8K
The first Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries was opened in White Marsh, Maryland in 1981 by brothers Fran and Dave DiFerdinando. The two wanted to emulate the fresh-cut fries they enjoyed on the Maryland boardwalk, and to bring that distinctive flavor to inland customers. The brothers served fresh burgers and those signature fries, and today franchised locations across the U.S. are cooking them up as well.
Start-up Cost: $152K - 594.5K
Dan Sterling founded Breadsmith in 1993. A Harvard Business School graduate, Sterling knew he possessed the entrepreneurial know-how to launch a viable business. He decided to base his model on something he loved: fresh-baked bread. He had participated in a study-abroad program as a student, and had developed a fondness for the freshly made bread he found in Europe. After doing some accounting work for a bakery after graduation, Sterling was ready to launch his venture. It has been a success and Breadsmith now has 36 U.S. locations.
Start-up Cost: $238.5K - 317K
Bruce Reed founded Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, opening the first shop in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania in 1989. Using his own recipe and making ice cream right in the store, Reed built a strong customer following. Within a few years, he was ready to start selling franchises and has since seen the Bruster’s name continue to rise in the franchise ranks. More than 230 of these homemade ice cream shops are open and operational in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $175K - 1.26M
California Closets creates customized storage systems based on clients’ needs and available space. The products are made and assembled in the company’s own shops and then installed by California Closets technicians. The concept was started in 1982 by a college student, after having devised his own organizational space-saving system for his dorm room. Since then, the organization and storage industry has grown, and so has California Closets. Around 100 franchised operations are open today.
Start-up Cost: $127.5K - 377K