Gary Keller and Joe Williams started this real estate company in 1983. They combined their knowledge gained working as colleagues in the industry, along with their shared belief that a business should treat its employees as valuable assets. Part of the way Keller Williams accomplishes this is to offer unique incentives and profit sharing opportunities to its agents. Four years after opening, Keller Williams entered the realm of franchising and has since grown to include nearly 700 independently operated offices.
Start-up Cost: $179.65K - 332.5K
Kentucky Fried Chicken’s humble beginning dates back to 1930, when Harland Sanders opened a small kitchen in the front part of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. Sanders’ chicken was so popular that he was named a Kentucky Colonel in 1936. He kept his now-famous moniker, Colonel Sanders, as he continued to build upon his success. The company began selling franchises in 1952 and today there are KFC restaurants in over 80 countries, all serving up Sanders’ signature recipes.
Start-up Cost: $1.31M - 2.47M
Brent and Shauna Sloan started Kid to Kid in Sandy, Utah in 1992. The two researched similar shops across the country before opening up their own. Their efforts paid off and they soon opened a second location, and then decided to start franchising by 1994. Kid to Kid buys and sells quality used kids and baby clothing and products, as well as maternity items.
Start-up Cost: $196.03K - 272.72K
Kiddie Academy is based on the idea that child care should be more than a babysitting service. Founders Pauline and George Miller developed this concept, creating curriculum and lesson plans for their new venture into the child care business. By 1992, they had franchised and have since expanded to include over 100 locations.
Start-up Cost: $351.7K - 620K
Kidville is a center offering classes, activities, and parties for babies and kids. Parents can sign their children up for a number of age-appropriate programs like art, gym, music & dance, academic enrichment and more. Kidville locations also host birthday parties and offer kids-only salon services. So far, around 25 locations have opened up since the company began selling franchises in 2007.
Start-up Cost: $259.41K - 898.4K
Katy and Don Kilwin started Kilwin’s Bakery in 1947 in Petoskey, Michigan. After adding candy to their menu, the Kilwins decided to focus entirely on candy and chocolate, selling their bakery. They continued to grow their candy business until 1978, when it was purchased by another couple who turned it into a franchise. The Kilwin’s name has since changed ownership again and is now owned by Robin and Don McCarty, but the formula for delicious old-fashioned chocolate is still the same.
Start-up Cost: $307.9K - 496.26K
Kinderdance provides on-site dance instructions programs for pre-school children. The company was started in 1979 near Phoenix, Arizona by Carol Kay Harsell, a dance teacher who wanted to share the benefits of dance with more kids. Kinderdance sold its first franchise in 1985 and has since expanded to include over 125 locations.
Start-up Cost: $14.95K - 46.1K
In 1986, Bob Haglund started Kitchen Tune-Up. Working in the cabinetry field, Haglund saw a need for kitchen repairs and touch ups that did not require full-on remodeling. In 1989, he franchised the concept after having researched and developed the best methods and formulas for his restoration services. Now, over 150 Kitchen Tune-Up franchises are in operation.
Start-up Cost: $45.85K - 55.4K
Knights Inn is a part of the Wyndham family of hotels, which also includes Microtel, Ramada, and Super8, among others. Knights Inn specializes in a low-cost, streamlined travel experience offering basic amenities and services. Knights Inn lodgers are far from deprived, though, and enjoy plenty of perks like the complimentary continental breakfast now being offered at all locations. Almost 350 independently owned and operated Knights Inn franchises exist in North America and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $116.5K - 4.93M
Mary Obana and Mike Lannon started Koko FitClub in 2004. They wanted to build a fitness industry business based on their idea of making fitness centers more accessible and comfortable for everyday people. The KoKo concept was franchised in 2008 and there are now more than 70 of the clubs operating in North America today.
Start-up Cost: $270.14K
Kumon is a vast network of supplemental education centers started nearly half a century ago by Japanese math teacher, Toru Kumon. Mr. Kumon had helped his own son to overcome his struggles in math, and soon turned the methods he used into what would become the Kumon Math & Reading Center learning model. The Kumon strategy involves first solidifying the foundations of knowledge by working on the basic elements of subject consistently until they are second nature.
Start-up Cost: $67.76K - 145.32K