Intelligent Office was founded by Ralph Gregory in Boulder, Colorado in 1995. Gregory built his model based on his own personal situation. After becoming a father, Gregory began working from home in his field as a venture capitalist. He saw that most of his duties could be performed without a physical office, but he lacked resources - like secretarial services and meeting spaces - to maintain the most professional appearance possible. He started Intelligent Office to help bridge the gap between the virtual office and the physical workplace. He franchised the concept in 1999 and the Intelligent Office brand now includes almost 50 locations.
Start-up Cost: $311K - 491.5K
The first Jet’s was opened in 1978 in Sterling Heights, Michigan by brothers John and Eugene Jetts. Jet’s serves up submarine sandwiches, wings, salads, and more. The item they are most known for, though, is their deep dish pizza. More than 200 locations are still serving the Jetts brothers’ special recipe, using high quality ingredients and old-fashioned methods.
Start-up Cost: $365K - 425K
Jimmy John’s was founded in 1983 in Charleston, Illinois by a 19-year-old named James J. Liautaud. His original operation was very small, but word spread quickly through the college town and patrons came from miles around for Jimmy John’s fresh sandwiches. Over the next ten years, Liautaud added more sandwiches to his menu and developed a formula for re-creating his unique sandwiches with lightning speed. He began offering franchises in 1993. 2,200 Jimmy John’s restaurants now dot the map in 40 states across the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $305.5K - 485.5K
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
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
Martinizing Dry Cleaning is an one-hour dry cleaning franchise with more than 450 locations. The term “martinizing” comes from Henry Martin. Martin was a chemist who created a non-flammable method for dry cleaning garments. This revolutionized the industry, since customers would no longer have to wait days for their clothes to be sent to an off-site facility.
Start-up Cost: $365K - 657.9K
The idea behind Massage Envy was that by creating a membership system, patrons could be offered the therapeutic benefits of massage for much less than traditional spas and massage parlors. There are now 600 Massage Envy locations in the United States, each with professionally trained massage therapists on staff.
Start-up Cost: $352K - 569K
Moe’s Southwest Grill originated in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 and was franchised in 2001. The Moe’s brand has distinguished itself by using more health conscious and eco-friendly ingredients (like grass fed beef and steroid free chicken) than many of its fast-food counterparts. The brand has further distinguished itself from similar establishments with the friendly and jovial atmosphere that is all part of this franchise’s winning formula.
Start-up Cost: $450.62K - 768.84K
Monkey Joe’s is a chain of kid-friendly play centers that was originally opened in 2004, and franchised the following year. The centers have a variety of toys, games, and activities that are available for use on a walk-in basis. Monkey Joe’s also hosts birthday parties and other group events. The company is privately owned and has 60 U.S. locations.
Start-up Cost: $455.6K - 754.15K
Todd Istre and Rick Hicks founded Mooyah in Plano, Texas. The fast food franchise offers up three menu items: burgers, fries, and shakes. The concept focuses on keeping its limited menu up to high standards of quality. There are currently about 40 Mooyahs in the United States, and the franchise’s growth shows no signs of slowing.
Start-up Cost: $350.31K - 499.86K
The Music Go Round name belongs to the Winmark group of franchised companies, which also includes Once Upon A Child and Play It Again Sports. The company was founded under a different name by Bill Shell in 1986. More than 30 Music Go Round stores are open today, buying and reselling used musical instruments and audio equipment.
Start-up Cost: $253.55K - 325.3K
The Nathan’s story dates back to 1916, when a Polish immigrant named Nathan Handwerker opened up a hot dog stand on Coney Island. The Nathan’s Famous name soon became synonymous with New York cuisine. Nathan’s has been franchised since 1988 and over 250 units are in operation today. Nathan’s also sells its signature hot dogs to grocery stores across the country.
Start-up Cost: $276.36K - 1.04M
The Orange Leaf model is one meant to appeal to everyone. Believing that most people, even while desiring to be more health conscious, will choose a creamy frozen treat over a fruit and vitamin smoothie. The founders decided to address this phenomenon by creating frozen yogurt that is not only sweet and indulgent, but also healthy. Orange Leaf has grown impressively since it began franchising in 2009, and there are now more than 120 locations.
Start-up Cost: $272.5K - 405.5K
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
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
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