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
The original Pop-A-Lock location, opened in 1991 in Lafayette, Indiana, now serves as the company’s national training center. The primary service offered by Pop-A-Lock is emergency unlocking, but they also provide a wide variety of security services for residential and commercial customers. Almost 300 Pop-A-Lock franchises are in operation at present.
Start-up Cost: $85.77K - 97.92K
Packaging, shipping, postal & business services 1986 Postal Annex+ John Lentz founded Postal Annex+ in 1985 in San Diego, California. He came up with the concept after not being able to find a store that offered copying, faxing, and other printing services. The next year, Postal Annex+ was franchised and there are currently almost 300 locations in the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $138.8K - 199.05K
PostNet Neighborhood Business Centers provide convenient printing and copying services, as well as packing and shipping solutions for customers from more than 700 locations around the world. The company was founded in 1985 by entrepreneurs Brian Spindel and Steve Greenbaum, who franchised the concept in 1993.
Start-up Cost: $175.05K - 201.27K
For over three decades, Precision Tune has provided a wide variety of auto care services to customers. Bill Childs opened the original Precision Tune in Beaumont, Texas, implementing his concept of providing a quick tune-up shop for auto owners. The shop flourished, and added more services to its repertoire. Childs franchised the company within a year after opening that first garage, and the Precision Tune brand has matured into a network of service centers well over 300 in number.
Start-up Cost: $120K - 225.6K
Pressed4Time is a company catering to corporate clients, providing dry cleaning pickup and drop off services for busy working people. Pressed4Time operators create service schedules with participating businesses, picking up customers’ clothing items for cleaning, mending, and other garment care services. The items are then dropped off according to the aforementioned schedule. The company was founded in 1987 by entrepreneur Ken Levinson.
Start-up Cost: $35.91K - 44.81K
Pretzelmaker has been in operation since 1991, serving its signature soft pretzels along with other menu items like “pretzel dogs,” lemonade, blended drinks, and more. The company began franchising almost immediately and now there are around 360 Pretzelmaker shops in several countries around the world.
Start-up Cost: $159.45K - 246.8K
Proforma specializes in providing customers with materials for marketing and communication in business. Founded in 1978 by Greg Muzzillo with $200 in startup money, the company grew rapidly and by 1986 Muzzillo took his successful brand to the next level, developing a solid model and branching out into the franchising world. The following decades would see more than 750 Proforma locations open up in the U.S. and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $4.73K - 53.2K
In 1921, the electronics industry was practically nonexistent, but that didn’t stop tech enthusiasts Milton and Theodore Deutschmann from opening up the first Radio Shack. The shop catered to ham radio users. As the industry grew, Radio Shack added more products to its inventory. In the 1950s, the company launched its own electronics line, but struggled to be profitable over the next several years. Enter Tandy Corporation, run by Charles Tandy, who bought the name in 1963. He began selling franchises under the Radio Shack name in 1968 and there are now nearly 6,000 Radio Shack stores.
Start-up Cost: $149.88K - 542.35K
Radisson is an international chain of hotels, most of which are independently owned and operated by franchisees. Radisson, originally founded in 1962, is a member of the Carlton Rezidor group of hotels. Carlton Rezidor includes other franchised hotel chains like Country Inns & Suites, Hotel Missoni, and Park Plaza.
Start-up Cost: $2.95M - 7.31M
Operating as part of The Dwyer Group, Rainbow franchises provide cleaning and restoration services for buildings damaged by flooding, fire, and other disasters. Rainbow locations are on call all day, every day for immediate response to customers. Rainbow also employs certified inspectors who are qualified to properly assess and offer solutions for structural and other damage. Founded in 1981, there are over 300 Rainbow locations in the U.S and internationally.
Start-up Cost: $115.68K - 189.1K
The first Ramada opened to the public in 1954, serving travelers along Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Its founding team was comprised of a group of entrepreneurs and investors. The concept for Ramada was to give travelers hotel-quality accommodations in an affordable roadside motel. The Ramada brand is currently owned by Wyndham Worldwide.
Start-up Cost: $236.35K - 11.75M
Re-Bath works with commercial and residential clients providing bathroom resurfacing and remodeling. The Re-Bath concept is built on the idea that customers would react positively to being offered a quicker alternative to long, drawn-out - and often costly - bathroom remodels. This was an accurate prediction, and the Re-Bath franchise is a remarkably successful operation. There are more than 220 Re-Bath locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $62.27K - 344.55K
The RE/MAX concept is to hire only experienced, qualified agents to give buyers and sellers of real estate peace of mind in knowing that they are in good hands. The company was founded in 1973 by Dave Liniger in Denver, Colorado and has continued to expand through the years. Today there are thousands of RE/MAX brokerages all over the world.
Start-up Cost: $35K - 194K
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
Allen Hager founded Right at Home in 1995 in Omaha Nebraska. Hager had worked as a hospital administrator and witnessed the frustration when an elderly patient tried to return to normal living after a hospital stay. Many of these people, Hager observed, could easily continue to live independent lives with just a bit of assistance. He began working as a nurse’s assistant, really getting into the trenches of the medical field to understand the need for home care in a more in-depth way. His efforts paid off and the Right at Home franchise is incredibly successful.
Start-up Cost: $64.9K - 111.6K
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
Donald MacDonald started Rooter Man in Billerica, Massachusetts in 1970 as a plumbing, drain, and sewer service company. The company was popular with customers and MacDonald franchised Rooter Man in 1981. The Rooter Man name can now be found on around 480 individual plumbing service providers in the U.S. and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $46.75K - 137.6K