Red Mango gets its name from the company’s business model, which is to use only ingredients that are at the peak of freshness - such as when a mango has turned red. In the five years since its inception, the Red Mango concept has grown to a nationwide franchise network of more than 180 locations. The shops sell fruit smoothies and frozen yogurt and are a consistent favorite with both customers and franchise investors.
Start-up Cost: $176K - 488.6K
Relax The Back is a retail store providing customers with access to medical-grade back support and pain relief products. The first location was opened by an osteopath in 1984, who franchised the name in 1989. Nearly 100 North American Relax The Back stores are currently in operation, selling all kinds of back care items like recliners, support braces, and neck & back exercise DVDs.
Start-up Cost: $221K - 361.2K
Remedy Intelligent Staffing started in 1965, helping to match job seekers with the right employers. The company conducts interviews, testing, and other methods in order to provide the employers with the most qualified candidates to fill their positions. Over 400 Remedy locations are in operation today, providing staffing solutions for a wide variety of clients. The franchise is part of the Select Family of Staffing Companies.
Start-up Cost: $138.76K - 225.71K
Firefighter Bob Tumolo opened the first Rita’s in Pennsylvania in 1984. He named the restaurant after his wife and operated it with his mother, Elizabeth. The family business was built around a model of sharing authentic Italian ice, served fresh. The traditional Italian treat was a huge hit among the locals, and Rita’s has grown into a franchise network of over 500 locations.
Start-up Cost: $199.4K - 561.4K
Franklin Crail founded Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in 1981 in Durango, Colorado. Crail began franchising the following year and now there are some 200 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory locations across the United States. Part of the appeal of the Rocky Mountain concept is that customers get to watch the candy being made right in front of them.
Start-up Cost: $126.3K - 421.4K
Barber Joe Grondin founded Roosters in 1999 after 30 years of experience in the men’s hair care and grooming industry. Grondin wanted to recapture the barber shop experience of times past, bringing back a model that focused on personal interaction and slow, careful service. Roosters franchised in 2002 and there are more than 50 of the old-style men’s barber shops operating today.
Start-up Cost: $190.25K - 264.3K
Musician Paul Green started what would become School of Rock in 1998, giving music lessons in his home. Two years later, he opened a dedicated space for his thriving business, dubbing it Paul Green’s School of Rock. Before long Green shortened the name and started franchising, and the brand grow quickly. There are currently 70 School of Rock franchises teaching music to students in the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $115.65K - 321.7K
Servpro evolved from a Sacramento, California based painting business started in 1967 by husband and wife Ted and Doris Isaacson. In 1969, the two franchised the brand and expanded their company’s services to include cleaning and restoration for homes damaged by fires, floods, and other disasters. By 1979, they had acquired Bristol-Meyers Domesticare brand, which included 175 existing franchises. In 1988, Servpro moved its headquarters to Gallatin, Tennessee where they now oversee more than 1500 franchises providing specialized restoration processes to homeowners and businesses across the United States and parts of Canada.
Start-up Cost: $133.05K - 181.45K
Signs By Tomorrow specializes in quick-service signage and graphic imagery for commercial and individual customers. The company first opened in 1986, and was franchised the next year. Signs By Tomorrow was started by founder Joseph McGuinness and has been incredibly successful, growing to include over 150 U.S. locations to date.
Start-up Cost: $146.9K - 230.7K
The first Signs Now shop opened in Austin, Texas in 1983. The company incorporated in 1986, and began selling franchises. The company creates signs, graphics, and digital media for clients using cutting edge technology and quick turnover methods. With almost 200 locations in the United States, Canada and the U.K. Signs Now has consistently been a top performing franchise.
Start-up Cost: $169.83K - 333.32K
Sir Speedy started up in 1968 in Costa Mesa, California. The franchise was an instant hit and by 1977 Kampgrounds of America purchased the successful name. Sir Speedy is still under KOA ownership and provides all kinds of printing, duplicating, and marketing services to customers through more than 350 locations.
Start-up Cost: $218.04K - 268.04K
In 1987, Steve Kuhnau was a nurse seeking relief from allergies, fatigue, and other health problems. Using his nutritional and medical expertise, he created recipes for smoothies, protein drinks, and other health products - eventually selling them out of the shope he named Smoothie King. Franchised the following year, Smoothie King grew to meet the ever-increasing demand for nutritional and supplemental health products and there are currently more than 600 locations.
Start-up Cost: $139.9K - 322K
Joanna Meiseles founded Snip-Its in 1995 after being disappointed in her search for a kid-friendly hair salon. She made sure that everything she had been looking for was included in her own business model. In 2003, she took the concept into franchising and today all of the 64 Snip-Its locations adhere to her model. This means that they all feature a kid-pleasing decor, a high level of cleanliness, fun entertainment activities, and friendly stylists.
Start-up Cost: $127.78K - 273.7K
Solar Universe sells and installs solar panels and solar power generation packages. Solar Universe technicians work closely with customers to build the best solar energy system for them. The goal is to create enough solar power to enable the client to sell energy back to their local electric utility company. Since the franchise was launched in 2008, 33 independently owned Solar Universe locations have opened up.
Start-up Cost: $101K - 306.5K
Speedpro provides solutions for companies and individuals that need to create very large graphic marketing images such as vehicle and building wraps, signage, and other types of displays. Speedpro sticks to a mantra of passion for communication through visual arts. Almost 150 Speedpro franchises have been opened in the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $212.2K - 240.1K
Realizing that the vast majority of hair salons catered primarily to women, Gordon Logan founded Sport Clips in 1993. He wanted to create a grooming and hair care establishment that would appeal to men. His concept of a sports-themed men’s salon took off and the company turned franchise in 1995. There are almost 800 Sports Clips locations, and the brand has marketing partnerships with several sports teams.
Start-up Cost: $153.2K - 276.9K
Straw Hat is a cooperative of separate, independently owned pizza restaurants. Members pay dues and receive in return access to better deals on products, marketing materials, and packaging paraphernalia. The company was founded in 1969 in San Leandro, California. There are now over 85 members of the Straw Hat collection of companies.
Start-up Cost: $191K - 787K
The first ever Super 8 Hotel was opened in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1974. Guests were charged $8.88 per night to stay there, hence the hotel’s name. Super 8 is owned by Wyndham Worldwide, which also owns Days Inn Worldwide, Ramada Worldwide, Wingate by Wyndham, Travelodge, Knights Franchise Systems, Baymont Inns & Suites, Microtel, Hawthorne Suites, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Start-up Cost: $169.27K - 3.57M
Supercuts made its debut as a franchise in 1979. It was started in 1975 by Geoffrey Rappaport and Frank Emmett, who hoped to attract customers with a new kind of hair styling establishment. Neither expensive salon nor mom-and-pop barber shop, Supercuts offered stylish cuts and grooming services at an affordable price with a very quick turnaround. In 1996, RegisCorp. purchased Supercuts, and there are now over 2,200 of the salons in the U.S. and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $103.56K - 196.5K