The Games2U company was started by a pair of brothers who wanted to fuse their love of gaming and their desire to work with one another into a viable business plan. In 2007, Games2U was formed and due to its popularity, the founders decided to offer franchise opportunities to investors. Games2U brings video game entertainment to its customers, arriving on-site with a full mobile video game theater. The company can be hired for birthday parties, corporate events, and other gatherings.
Start-up Cost: $99.55K - 197K
David Goldman and Michael Aychental formed the Gateway company in 1983, and immediately began selling franchises of their little newsstand/snack shops. Gateway specializes in “impulse buy” items, or those little things that people buy on their way to board a plane or in a checkout lane. There are now more than 300 owner operated Gateway franchises in Canada and the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $55.88K - 501.75K
Genghis Grill was founded by Jeff Sinelli in 1998. Sinelli purchased an existing Mongolian restaurant and tweaked concept a bit to appeal more to American diners. Customers loved the Mongolian stir-fry idea, and Sinelli decided to open his company up to franchising in 2001. Now 71 Genghis Grills are frying in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $320K - 643K
Get A Grip is a family company run by founder Ryan Dillard and his parents, Sharon and Cub. The younger Dillard started the company in 1999, expanding on an existing family business resurfacing counters, bathtubs, and showers. The company uses a method that allows them to restore surfaces without having to replace them.
Start-up Cost: $43.6K - 92.7K
Entrepreneur Brian Cooke founded Get In Shape For Women in 2006 in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company’s model is to provide an intimate space where women feel comfortable working out to encourage them to embrace the company’s results-oriented programs to help transform their bodies. There are now around 100 of these specialized fitness centers assisting women in changing their fitness level through personal training, small group classes, and other personalized programs.
Start-up Cost: $51.34K - 200.59K
Gigi’s was founded in Nashville by Gigi Butler. Butler had been given the idea by her brother who suggested she open a shop selling her cupcakes, which he believed to be better than the ones he waited in long lines to get in New York. She took him seriously, and after some bold risk-taking along with careful planning and hard work, she opened her first Gigi’s Cupcakes. Success happened rather quickly and she formed a franchise model in 2008. Already, there are about 45 Gigi’s locations serving Butler’s own family cupcake recipe.
Start-up Cost: $178K - 268K
Now operating as part of the Dwyer Group, Glass Doctor was first founded in 1962 in Seattle, Washington. The company, which began selling franchises in 1977, has been providing glass repair and replacement for automotive, residential, and commercial customers ever since. With nearly 200 locations and counting, Glass Doctor is a top performer in the franchise world.
Start-up Cost: $114.2K - 295.2K
In 1935, David Shakarian was a Pittsburgh retailer operating a small shop, called Lackzoom, that sold mostly yogurt and a few other health-conscious foods. Shakarian saw a demand for healthy food products as the general public became more concerned with health and longevity. He expanded his initial operation to six area stores, eventually spreading to several states and changing his company’s name to General Nutrition Centers (GNC). The brand’s main focus is now vitamins and supplements. Franchised since 1988, GNC has its own line of products and are a leading name in sports nutrition.
Start-up Cost: $160.15K - 274.35K
Goddard schools offer an in-depth and multi-faceted approach to early childhood education, following models set forth by prominent professionals in the field of child development. With over 400 locations and counting, Goddard Systems uses an open classroom style that encourages family participation and interactive lessons plans as part of their curriculum.
Start-up Cost: $701.4K - 721.4K
Gold’s Gym has been around since 1965 when it first opened along California’s famous Venice Beach. Gold’s catered to serious bodybuilders and became known as a hotspot for intense weight training enthusiasts. Gold’s began franchising in 1980, and has grown exponentially. There are more than 700 Gold’s Gyms around the world, and the company also sells its own line of clothing through its franchises.
Start-up Cost: $898.5K - 3.89M
Golden Chick was founded in 1967 in San Marcos, Texas by entrepreneur Howard Walker. He called his restaurant Golden Fried Chicken and served fried chicken and fixings to area customers. In 1972, Golden Fried Chicken became a franchise and continued to spread through the U.S. In 1996, as part of a corporate overhaul, the restaurant was renamed Golden Chick. Nearly 100 of the fast fried chicken restaurants are open today.
Start-up Cost: $634.6K - 1.21M
Fayetteville, Indiana is where the first Golden Corral restaurant opened its doors to serve steakhouse fare in 1973. In the 1980’s, the Golden Corral brand took a new turn and introduced the buffet for which it would become known. In 1987, the restaurant ventured into franchising and steadily grew into the nearly 500 locations that now belong to the buffet and grill dining chain.
Start-up Cost: $1.95M - 6.76M
Golden Krust was started by Lowell Hawthorne in 1989 in the Bronx, New York. By 1996, Hawthorne was running 10 very successful restaurants serving Caribbean-style cuisine around New York and New Jersey. At that point, he took the Golden Krust name to the next level. A franchise model was crafted and before long, Golden Krust locations were popping up in surrounding areas. Today, the dining chain has grown to include over 114 restaurants.
Start-up Cost: $173.4K - 564K
Mike Clinton and Joe Assell started GolfTEC in 1995. They saw a rise in the number of amateur golfers, and little to no professional training available to them. The two entrepreneurs set out to create an effective, consistent training system to help golfers achieve their highest potential and get maximum enjoyment out of the game. The company started selling franchises in 2003 and now operate out of around 150 stores in the United States, and have begun to expand into markets beyond U.S. borders.
Start-up Cost: $118.18K - 461.83K
Granite Transformations was founded in 1996 in Perth, Australia. The company restores and resurfaces cabinet and countertops, specializing in stone surfaces. Countertops are manufactured at Granite Transformations’ own factory, custom-made to fit customers specifications. Granite Transformations is an international company with 160 locations and continued expansion is in the works.
Start-up Cost: $131.5K - 346K
Grease Monkey franchises provide quick lube service and basic automotive maintenance for their customers. The company also offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to buy a Monkey Shine car wash to be run literally alongside their Grease Monkey shop. The company’s secondary franchise adds convenience for customers, along with additional income potential for franchisees.
Start-up Cost: $193.3K - 347K
Since 1982, Great Clips has been giving its patrons quick and inexpensive haircuts and styles. These small salons offer full service, low prices, and little to no waiting. The chain stood out among competitors for ditching the exclusivity of upper-end salons and offering thier services on a walk-in basis and staying open on evenings and weekends. Currently, almost 3,000 Great Clips franchises are up and running, serving U.S. and Canadian markets.
Start-up Cost: $108.35K - 203.5K
In 1976 husband and wife Pete & Laura Wakeman bought a bakery in Great Falls, Montana and renamed it the Great Harvest Bread Company. The Wakemans drew on Pete’s lifetime of experience baking bread to turn the store into a local favorite. By 1978, they had decided to start selling franchises, and today there are more than 200 Great Harvest locations in the United States, baking artisan varieties of bread daily.
Start-up Cost: $121.62K - 569.25K
Great Wraps was started to give diners an alternative to burgers and fries. The menu features more healthful options like subs, wraps, smoothies, and salads. Customers are allowed to customize their meals with little limitation; menu items can be adjusted to suit individual tastes. Around 75 Great Wraps locations are open today, all operating on the same model of extreme customer service and fun fast food alternatives.
Start-up Cost: $132.45K - 348.95K