Fairway Divorce Solutions was started by entrepreneur Karen Stewart. Stewart herself had gone through a long and costly divorce, and wanted to save others - and their children - from suffering through such an inefficient and difficult process. Fairway provides mediation, helping divorcing couples to find mutually beneficial solutions so that civility can be restored and maintained. Since its founding in 2006 and subsequent franchising in 2008, the company has grown to be a group of over 30 independently owned operations.
Start-up Cost: $10K - 35K
The first Famous Dave’s restaurant was opened in 1994 near Hayward, Wisconsin by founder Dave Anderson. Locals loved the Southern-style barbecue and the variety of specialty sauces. Before long, Dave started franchising and the restaurants spread quickly through several states in the U.S. The barbecue chain now includes almost 200 locations.
Start-up Cost: $630.25K - 4.23M
In 1974, Sam Ross founded Fantastic Sams to provide quick, affordable haircuts and styling to people on a walk-in basis. Branching out into the franchise market by 1976, the chain has grown exponentially and has become one of the largest salon chains in the United States. There are more than 1,200 Fantastic Sams locations.
Start-up Cost: $115K - 228.6K
Prior to becoming a franchise under current owners Kenneth A. Marks and Marvin Biltis, Fast-Fix was a network comprised of dozens of successful watch and jewelry repair stores. The first location was opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1984. Today more than 150 owner operated Fast-Fix franchises are open today in the United States and internationally.
Start-up Cost: $188.75K - 381.75K
Fast-teks On-site Computer Service has been operating since 2004, and franchising since 2007. Fast-teks make house calls, coming directly to customers. The company employs web developers, IT experts, and repair technicians to offer a variety of computer services to individuals and businesses in the U.S. and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $36.46K - 62.26K
FasTracKids provides supplemental learning programs intended to give kids an educational advantage and greater chances for academic success. The company was formed and franchised in 1998. It is the collaborative effort of a business-minded entrepreneur who wanted to teach kids communication and problem-solving skills, and a teacher who dreamed of helping students to bring out their unique creativity and hone their critical thinking skills. Today, FasTracKids operates on an international level through more than 300 centers.
Start-up Cost: $78.46K - 210.16K
Gary Salomon, then a print broker, got the idea to open FastSigns in 1985 when he stopped in to a print shop in Austin, Texas. The shop was utilizing the latest computer technology to produce signs, documents, and other printed items very quickly. Salomon was intrigued and asked the store’s owner to train him - along with business partner Robert Schanbaum - to use the design and printing software. The owner agreed, and Salomon opened his own store in Dallas and began franchising shortly after. FastSigns still provides quick graphics and printing services from out of more than 500 stores.
Start-up Cost: $169.67K - 276.42K
Founded in 1999, Fiesta is an insurance brokerage helping to match customers with the right policy from a selection of over 40 insurance providers for home, boat, auto, business, property, or rental coverage. In addition, all Fiesta locations offer tax preparation services to its customers. Fiesta has grown into a network of franchises serving clients from more than 130 locations.
Start-up Cost: $49.08K - 104.9K
Figaro’s gives customers options when it comes to their pizza, offering both pre-cooked and take-and-bake style dining. Most locations also offer delivery. Figaro’s first opened in 1981, and began to award franchises to entrepreneurs in 1986. Today, Figaro’s is a 72-location chain of pizza parlors.
Start-up Cost: $91K - 398.45K
Chris and Robert Sorenson started Firehouse Subs in 1994 after trying their hands at several other ventures. Coming from a long line of both firefighters and entrepreneurs, the two felt that they had finally found the niche they were destined to fill. It seems they were right, and their firehouse-themed sub shops were well received by customers. They began franchising the restaurant in 1995 and have since overseen the opening of more than 500 locations around the United States.
Start-up Cost: $200.3K - 385.68K
First Choice is a subsidiary of the Rgis Group of hair salons. Other salons in the network include Supercuts and CostCutters. The over 400 location franchise was started by A. Bud Cowan in London, Ontario Canada. The First Choice model is one that focuses on quick, no-appointment-necessary hair-cutting and styling for the whole family.
Start-up Cost: $145K - 210.5K
Fish Window Cleaning was born when S. Michael Merrick bought an existing window washing company (he had just lost his job as a bank manager). He and his wife renamed the company Fish Window Cleaning and set to work establishing a reputation around the St. Louis Missouri area for delivering top quality service for 20 years before launching the company as a franchise. Now there are nearly 300 of them in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $74.83K - 136.1K
Five Star Painting was founded by five childhood friends who had the collective dream to start their own business and achieve financial independence. The partners still run the company, which is now a franchised operation consisting of 60 units. Five Star does interior and exterior painting for both residential and commercial customers.
Start-up Cost: $25.71K - 80.35K
Fleet Feet Sports was founded by Elizabeth Jansen and Sally Edwards in Sacramento, California in 1976. The two led the company to notable success, and franchised the Fleet Feet name in 1980. The company continued to flourish, and in 1993 Fleet Feet was purchased by businessman Tom Raynor. As of now, there are nearly 90 locations throughout the United States.
Start-up Cost: $170K - 317K
Todd Giatrelis opened the first Flip Flop Shops location in Boston in 2004. The concept was borne of an experience during a night out in Las Vegas with a friend and co-worker. The friend had worn uncomfortable shoes and was unable to find a place to buy a pair of flip flops for her aching feet. The Boston location wasn’t a huge success, so Giatrelis opened locations in sunnier climates and the idea began to take off. Three years later, Flip Flop Shops franchises were opening up, and there are now 45 of them in the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $169.3K - 274.5K
Floor Coverings International was founded in 1988 and franchised the following year. The company’s concept is unique in that it delivers the showroom directly to customers. Vans stocked with products come to customers’ homes, providing samples, estimates, and expertise. There are currently more than 100 Floor Coverings International franchises dealing in flooring, rugs, and window coverings in the U.S. and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $133K - 305.5K
Raymond J. Margiano, a doctor of pedorthics, founded Foot Solutions after having successfully created another large foot-care based franchise. Dr. Margiano wanted to provide high quality footwear and accessories, carrying only brands engineered for health and comfort. Customers can undergo a full assessment of their feet at one of 240 worldwide franchise locations, enabling them to find the best possible products for optimal foot health.
Start-up Cost: $197.8K
Jim Fox started Fox’s Pizza Den in 1971 in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. With minimal supplies, Fox used his experience in the business to build his customer base through repeat business and word-of-mouth advertising. By 1974, he was ready to franchise and since then more than 250 Fox’s Pizza Dens have been opened in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $100.5K - 157.55K
Freddy’s is named after the father of its founders, and is meant to evoke that bygone era from which he came: the 1950’s. From the way they prepare their food to the vintage decor, Freddy’s embraces the ambience and concept of the 50s diner. Freddy’s was opened in 2004 and has already expanded to include around 50 independently owned franchises.
Start-up Cost: $395.5K - 835K
The Fresh Coat company sells painting franchises to entrepreneurs who employ professional painters. Fresh Coat specializes in interior painting, for both residential and commercial customers. The concept includes giving customers a great deal and delivering quality work, no matter how big or small the job. Another distinctive feature of Fresh Coat’s model is their commitment to the environment; the company uses eco-friendly paint at no extra cost to their customers.
Start-up Cost: $40.85K - 67.95K