Now a well-known accounting franchise, Padgett started in 1965, offering tax and bookkeeping services for small businesses. The Padgett family of franchise locations is over 400 strong and still caters specifically to small business owners and their unique set of financial service needs.
Start-up Cost: $105.96K
Pak Mail was founded in 1984 and is based in Englewood, Colorado. The centers provide packing and shipping services, as well as offering personal mailboxes that customers can rent out. The immensely successful franchise now operates in the form of more than 500 packing and shipping centers throughout the world.
Start-up Cost: $136.94K - 168.3K
First opened in 1990, there are now about 200 Palm Beach Tan locations in 31 states in the U.S. Palm Beach tanning salons were unique when they first opened in that there are several different types of tanning beds available to customers, along with an array of related products they can purchase. Employees are also attentive, and able to give tanning advice to customers. Many salons now follow the Palm Beach model.
Start-up Cost: $554.73K - 821.38K
“Papa” John Schnatter opened his first pizza restaurant in 1985. Owning and operating his own pizza parlor had long been a goal for Schnatter, who started his venture after earning a business degree from Ball State University and trying his hand at baking and delivering pizzas out of a modified storage closet at his father’s tavern in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Papa John’s is now a household name, delivering pizza to the masses from nearly 4,000 locations worldwide.
Start-up Cost: $115.82K - 549.52K
Papa Murphy’s revolutionized the Pizza restaurant industry by offering customers a prepared, ready to bake pizza that they cooked at home. What is now Papa Murphy’s once existed as two separate chains. Papa Aldo’s in Hillsboro, Oregon and Murphy’s Pizza in Petaluma, California. Terry Collins bought both chains and combined them to form Papa Murphy’s. The “take-&-bake” idea is also a first in fast food in that the uncooked pizzas can be purchased using food stamps, which gives the chain the ability to tap into a segment of the market typically unavailable to pizza shops.
Start-up Cost: $209.33K - 396.71K
Passport Health, opened in 1995 and franchised two years later, provides a specialized set of services catering to international travelers. Operating from more than 70 locations, Passport Health representatives work with clients to ensure the best possible travel experience. Passport provides immunizations and vaccinations required for safe travel in certain countries, along with other supplies, and even counseling to help clients know what to expect when they are abroad. Passport Health operates from its own independent centers as well as out of hospitals. Many locations also provide in-home service.
Start-up Cost: $73.55K - 101.5K
A subsidiary of The Franchise Company - which also includes CertaPro Painters, Floor Coverings Int’l. and California Closets - Paul Davis Restoration provides emergency cleanup services, as well as subsequent restoration and/or remodeling. More than 200 independent franchise units of the Paul Davis Restoration company are in business in the United States today.
Start-up Cost: $179.46K - 239.77K
Now owned by Luxxotica, Pearle Vision was founded by Dr. Stanley Pearle in 1961. Dr. Pearle’s novel concept of combining an optometry office with a frame shop was popular with customers in the Savannah, Georgia area and soon word had spread to surrounding areas. For the next 20 years, the Pearle name continued to be recognized as a leader in eye care. In 1981, the brand was franchised and there are now more than 800 Pearle Vision centers serving customers in North America.
Start-up Cost: $202.26K - 577.1K
Penn Station Subs was first opened in 1985 in Cincinnati by Jeff Osterfeld. and he had previously run his own sub shop, named Jeffrey’s Delicatessen. Jeffrey’s was a local favorite, and Penn Station has likewise been well-received by consumers. The franchise has steadily grown into the more than 200 Penn Station Sub Shops. Osterfeld’s model is one of providing gourmet-quality sandwiches with the convenience and low price of fast food.
Start-up Cost: $301.82K - 484.04K
Petland was founded in Ohio back in 1967, and has since grown into a franchised chain of 145 stores in the United States, Canada, Asia, and elsewhere. Stores sell a variety of domestic pets like cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, fish, and more. They also carry retail pet care items like food, shelters, toys, and training aides.
Start-up Cost: $299K - 1.05M
The first Philly Pretzel factory opened in 1998. Customers loved the concept of purchasing fresh, hot pretzels that were baked on-site right before their eyes. In 2004, Philly Pretzel began franchising and the concept was almost immediately a hit. There are more than 100 of these speciality pretzel bakeries in operation in the United States at present.
Start-up Cost: $193.85K - 361K
Now a 500-strong franchise network, Pillar To Post provides home inspection services. The company provides training and continued education for its inspectors, who are also insured. Pillar To Post was founded and franchised in 1994 and has risen to be the top franchised home inspection service in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $30.7K - 42.75K
Today, PIP Printing & Marketing Services is owned by Franchise Services, Inc. It was founded in 1965 by Bill LeVine. PIP, which stands for Postal Instant Press, provides graphic marketing and printing services at highly affordable rates. The company has continuously expanded and it has now become a family of more than 600 franchised centers.
Start-up Cost: $245.9K - 271.02K
The Pirtek name was first established in Australia in 1980. From there it expanded into the U.K. and - in 1996 - the United States. The company provides on-site service and repair to specialty hydraulic hoses. The company has built a reputation for dependable service and quick response time. To date, there are well over 300 Pirtek franchises in business.
Start-up Cost: $327K - 576K
The first Pita Pit was opened in Canada in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. The concept was simple: made to order pita sandwiches served fast and fresh. Nelson Lang and John Sotiriadis founded the restaurant and soon expanded into the United States and elsewhere, selling franchises that now number around 300.
Start-up Cost: $192.55K - 318.58K
Ron Willey and Dan Wheeler are responsible for starting the Pizza Factory franchise, which originated as a single pizza parlor opened in 1979 in Oakhurst, California. Franchisees are offered a choice of three floor plans, varying in size, in order to help them find the most ideal store for their area of operation. Pizza Factory has around 120 independently owned locations across the Western United States.
Start-up Cost: $85.7K - 426K
Long one of the most recognizable pizza chain brands, Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 by college students and brothers, Dan and Frank Carney. The two, encouraged by a family member who suggested they open up a pizza shop, famously borrowed $600 from their mother to fund their new venture. By the next year, the brothers had turned their business into a franchise. Now owned by Yum! Brands (which also owns KFC, A&W Restaurants, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver’s), Pizza Hut boasts nearly 15,000 locations across North America and around the world.
Start-up Cost: $295K - 2.15M
The first Pizza Ranch opened in 1981 in Hull, Iowa by Adrie Groeneweg when he was 19 years old. Using fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch recipes from his own mother, Groeneweg grew his business quickly. Through the years, Pizza Ranch has added more and more new locations. More than 160 Pizza Ranch franchises now serve customers in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $808.6K - 2.3M
Plan Ahead Events started in 1992 and was franchised in 2007. The company provides event planning for customers in the U.S. as well as in Spain, Mexico, Australia, and Canada. They are a part of United Franchise Group, which also includes other franchises like EmbroidMe and Signarama. Plan Ahead offers event planning for all kinds of events from a small gathering to trade shows and everything in between.
Start-up Cost: $36.26K - 57.65K
Planet Fitness was created to be a workout facility where everyone would feel comfortable, no matter what their fitness level. In 1992, Michael Grondahl bought a gym which he renamed Planet Fitness. Grondahl significantly reduced membership fees and created an atmosphere that was more laid back than larger fitness chains. These moves were in an effort to attract customers who were interested in working out, but felt intimidated in many gyms that seemed to be dominated by serious bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. Branching out into franchising in 2003, the Planet Fitness name has grown to include more than 400 locations.
Start-up Cost: $673.1K - 1.66M