The A&W story dates back to 1919, when Roy W. Allen opened a small beverage stand in Lodi, California. Soon after, he partnered with Frank Wright to form the A & W Root Beer company. The two began opening restaurants that served their signature soda, along with hot dogs, hamburgers, and other fast food fare. In 1925, they started franchising and now A&W locations can be found around the world.
Start-up Cost: $912K - 1.62M
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
Within a year after Robert Morgan opened the first AAMCO in Philadelphia in 1963, he was selling franchises, and the AAMCO brand now encompasses more than 800 locations in the U.S. and Canada. AAMCO got its name from founding partner, Anthony A. Martino, who used the first letter of his first, middle, and last names to form an anagram. Morgan and Martino also used this same strategy to name another concept they started, MAACO. Martino later split from Morgan to run MAACO full time.
Start-up Cost: $232.5K - 299.7K
There are more than 1,800 Aaron’s locations in North America, and the company is a leader in the leasing and sales of such items as household furniture, stereo equipment, and appliances. Aaron’s was first started in 1955 by R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. when he purchased some folding chairs at a surplus store and rented them out to customers for a small fee. Aaron’s grew to include more and more items for rental, lease, and sale and the company began selling franchises in 1992.
Start-up Cost: $233.87K - 607.58K
AArrow provides a unique marketing service to commercial clients. The company uses a direct, eye-catching technique it calls “sign spinning.” Trained “spinners” execute choreographed moves using a logo-adorned sign as a prop. The fresh take on direct advertising is gaining popularity and AArow has quickly grown to include 39 locations.
Start-up Cost: $36.88K - 80.02K
ABC is a franchised group of siding sales and installation companies operating across the United States. The company was initially a general remodeling outfit before narrowing its focus on siding and gutters. Founder Gerald Beyers started the company in 1973 and it has since become a network of about 115 individual locations.
Start-up Cost: $81K - 207.5K
Accessible Home Health Care is an in-home care company providing help for clients of every age. The company exists today due to the efforts of Mirella Salem, who felt that there was a lot of unfulfilled need in the home care industry. Salem pitched her idea to Accessible Healthcare Services and convinced them to establish their Home Health Care Division, of which Salem is now president. Accessible is popular among franchisees for its high level of involvement with owners.
Start-up Cost: $93.5K - 123K
The first Ace DuraFlo was opened in 1997, providing an innovative plumbing service. The company performs pipe repairs using techniques that do not require expensive and destructive demolition of walls and floors. Customers were thrilled with the idea and the service, and in 2001 the company began offering franchised units. Currently, almost 60 of these specialty repair outlets exist.
Start-up Cost: $36.19K - 410.1K
Ace Hardware started as a collection of stores opened by a handful of retailers who decided to pool their efforts in order to more effectively compete with bigger and more well-known hardware retailers.The idea worked, and the Ace name has stood the test of time. For decades, Ace has continued to expand and there are currently about 4,600 Ace Hardware stores throughout the U.S. and abroad. The brand has even grown to include its own line of products.
Start-up Cost: $750K - 1000K
ACFN is a collection of just under 200 franchised businesses supplying ATM machines for various establishments, most often hospitality and entertainment service buildings like hotels and fun centers. No experience is required of franchisees, and the company provides the training necessary for successful operation. The company also brokers placement contracts for its franchise owners.
Start-up Cost: $37.79K - 82.97K
Acti-Kare employs caregivers to help senior citizens with all kinds of non-medical needs like transportation, household chores, companionship, and more. The company’s goal is to help aging people maintain their independence and quality of life, while giving family members some relief in helping to care for their loved ones. Almost 40 Acti-Kare franchises have opened since the company’s inception in 2007.
Start-up Cost: $29.75K - 49.75K
ActionCoach is a consulting firm providing coaching and counseling to help businesses achieve success through strategy and balance. Established by Brad Sugar in 1993 in Brisbane Australia, there are over 1,000 ActionCoach centers worldwide teaching techniques to help business operate more efficiently.
Start-up Cost: $82.5K - 490.03K
AdvantaClean was founded in 1994 to provide cleaning and restoration services to homeowners and businesses. The company trains technicians at its vast facility, located at the company’s headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina. A franchised operation since 2006, there are nearly 100 independently owned AdvantaCleans in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $79.5K - 110.73K
AdviCoach provides coaching and training for small and medium-sized businesses. The company helps to improve intra-office communication, productivity and efficiency, and marketing strategies through proven business management strategies. The company was formed and franchised in 2002, and now has around 70 locations throughout the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $67.2K - 77.05K
Aerowest/Westair makes its own line of restroom sanitizing and deodorizing products. The company distributes these through its own warehouses, many of which are independently owned and operated by franchisees. Commercial clients contract the company to regularly service their public and private restrooms with their specialty collection of supplies.
Start-up Cost: $8.47K - 49.87K
Aire Serv is a part of the Dwyer Group, which includes names such as Glass Doctor, Mr. Rooter, and Rainbow International. Aire Serv provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services including troubleshooting, repairs, and replacement. Air Serv caters to both residential and commercial clients through its more than 180 locations in the U.S. and other countries around the world.
Start-up Cost: $74.6K - 197.4K
Jerry P. McCauley started Aire-Master in 1958, after creating his own line of restroom deodorizing products as an answer to the mediocre air fresheners he had observed in public restrooms. His firsthand knowledge - he had worked in the janitorial supply industry - afforded him insight that he used to create his business model. Aire-Master franchised in 1976 and through the years has become a network of almost 90 locations.
Start-up Cost: $34.08K - 126.9K
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
The founder of Always Best, Michael Newman, started his business after almost 20 years of working in the assisted living industry. Newman used his insights and experience to form the model for his own nonmedical care company. Always Best strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive care for seniors in order to help them maintain dignity and independence as long as possible.
Start-up Cost: $50.93K - 90.7K