Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop was opened by brother and sister team Lois and Alan Margolet in Wilmington, Delaware - also known as “Little Italy.” With steep competition in the area, the two knew they would have to serve up exceptional sandwiches. Up for the challenge, they proudly offered their unique sandwiches made from slow-roasted turkey. The idea caught on and the Capriotti’s franchise is now over 60 strong.
Start-up Cost: $197K - 427.5K
Cartridge World was founded in 1988 in Adelaide, Australia. It became a franchise in 1992, but the first unit wasn’t sold until 1997. Despite the slow start, Cartridge World locations now number over 1,600 and span 60 countries. The company provides products and services for printers and fax machines for individuals and companies.
Start-up Cost: $120.1K - 194.6K
Founder Tom Carvel opened the first Carvel ice cream store in 1934. As the years went by, Tom never stopped developing and improving upon his already successful model. He created his own specialized equipment and invented fun new flavors. He decided to take his business into franchising in 1947 and the Carvel name continues to grow. The brand has its own line of ice cream and ice cream cakes, which are sold widely.
Start-up Cost: $243.38K - 354.55K
A part of The Franchise Company group of brands, which includes Paul Davis Restoration and California Closet Company, CertaPro specializes in interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial customers. They practice a customer service oriented business model, even maintaining a fully functional call center. More than 300 CertaPro Painters franchises are open across the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $129K - 158K
Charley Shin opened the first Charley’s Grilled Subs shop on campus at Ohio State University. He had stumbled upon the concept on a family vacation to Philadelphia, during which he mistakenly found himself in South Philly where he fatefully stopped for some lunch. After sinking his teeth into his first authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich, he began recreating the local favorite for his friends back at college in Ohio. Once perfected, he turned his recipe for creating the perfect cheesesteak sandwich into that first sub shop. Customers loved Charley’s Philly fare and Shin franchised Charley’s in 1991.
Start-up Cost: $103.03K - 445.3K
Chemstation franchises provide detergent maintenance services for their industrial customers. The company provides containers free of charge, which clients pay to have filled and maintained on a regular basis. The company was founded in 1965, as an independent distribution company. In the 1980s the then-owner restructured the company as a detergent manufacturer and supplier in order to remain viable in tough economic times. This was apparently a smart move, as the company has become a flourishing group of franchised operations.
Start-up Cost: $212.45K - 305.45K
Neil Chyten founded Chyten Educational Services in 1999 in Newton, Massachusetts after several years of working with students to help them unlock their potential. He used the methods he had developed to form the model for his new venture. The center was successful, and more opened in the years that followed. In 2006, Chyten franchised. There are now 40 of the centers across the United States.
Start-up Cost: $113.9K - 234K
Fred Hervey opened the first three Circle K stores in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. He had purchased three local Kay’s grocery stores and converted them to his own brand of convenience stores. With over 6,000 locations internationally, Circle K has grown into a top franchise and a highly recognizable brand.
Start-up Cost: $171K - 1.88M
City Wide Maintenance started up in 1961, providing several custodial and janitorial services to commercial clients. The City Wide model is one that strives to integrate its many services to create streamlined building maintenance management plans for its customers. City Wide Maintenance has been selling franchises since 2001.
Start-up Cost: $102.33K - 225.7K
Clothes Mentor is a buyer and seller of women’s clothes. Customers bring in gently used high end and trendy clothing to trade or sell. They can also purchase others’ like-new clothes at greatly discounted prices. Dennis and Lynn Blum started Clothes Mentor in 2001. The two are also the founders of Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child, both successful resale franchises.
Start-up Cost: $140K - 229K
CMIT Solutions started in 1998 as a small technical and computer support company operating out of Austin, Texas. Two years later, the company began franchising. Now, there are 135 locally owned CMIT franchises helping small businesses with computer support and solutions in the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $124.8K - 150.95K
College Nannies and Tutors was started by Joseph Keeley in 2000, when he was a college student. Keeley took a summer job as a nanny, and discovered the need to connect parents with reliable nannies who could help enrich kids’ lives. The College Nannies and Tutors model operates on Keeley’s idea that child care should entail more than simply babysitting. By 2005, the idea had expanded into a franchise operation and there are now 80 locations in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $152.2K - 209.2K
Color Me Mine was started in 1991 in Van Nuys, California. The unique concept of paint-your-own ceramic art was immediately popular and Color Me Mine started selling franchises in 1995. Almost 150 Color Me Mine locations are up and running today. The studio lets customers pick from hundreds of pre-cast ceramic pieces, which they are then given the supplies to paint and customize. The company also does parties and group exercises.
Start-up Cost: $136.7K - 177.9K
ComForcare Senior Services was started in 1996 in Bloomfield, Michigan to help seniors and people recovering from illness or injury. The service brings these people together with qualified caregivers to provide all kinds of non-medical services. In 2001, ComForcare started selling franchises and more than 150 centers now exist internationally.
Start-up Cost: $105K - 155K
Founded in 2004 and franchised in 2007, Complete Nutrition works from an interactive customer service model. Each location employs nutrition experts, personal trainers, and others who are qualified to help customers create a health and/or weight loss plan that works for their individual circumstances. There are well over 100 Complete Nutrition stores in 30 states.
Start-up Cost: $150K - 220K
Cousins Bill Specht and Jim Sheppard - along with their respective wives, Sandy and Mary - opened up Cousins Subs in 1972. The foursome built a company model based on serving bread baked on-site, along with fresh produce and vegetables. In 1985, the team began selling franchises and now 145 Cousins Subs sandwich shops are still serving up those same original recipes.
Start-up Cost: $119.2K - 300.8K
Chuck Weisenfeld founded Crown Trophy in Brooklyn, New York in 1978. The shop was beloved by locals and in 1978, Weisenfeld decided to start selling franchises. Crown Trophy really took off at that point, and the company has grown to be the leading trophy & award franchise in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $168.45K - 199.5K
Tybee Island, Georgia is where Cecil B. Day opened up the first Days Inn in 1970. Within 2 years, the chain was franchised is now 2,000 locations strong. Part of the Wyndham Worldwide lodging group, Days Inn offers a diverse array of amenities to business travelers and vacationers alike
Start-up Cost: $202.17K - 6.76M
In 1987, brothers Dan and Ed Dunn opened the first Dunn Bros Coffee shop in St. Paul, Minnesota. They sought to emulate the cozy coffee shops they had enjoyed in Oregon, and local customers warmed quickly to the new establishment. The Dunns have continued to carry their coffee shop into the future, implementing high standards of quality and integrating sustainability and fair trade initiatives into the company’s business model. The Dunn name opened up to franchising in 1994 and today there are more than 80 of the gourmet coffee houses in the U.S. today.
Start-up Cost: $125.75K - 453.6K
Florist Fariq Tarid started Edible Arrangements with his brother Kamran in 1999 after nearly a decade of successfully running four floral shops in East Haven, Connecticut. Customers loved the idea of using artfully carved fruit bouquets as gifts instead of flowers. By 2001, they had started franchising. There are now close to 1,000 of Edible Arrangements stores serving their signature bouquets, along with a few other specialty food items.
Start-up Cost: $148.21K - 285.22K