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2015 Top 100 Global Franchises: Overview

2015 Top 100 Global Franchises

The Top 100 Global Franchises ranking boasts a diverse set of franchise stalwarts like food and automotive to hotels, child education and so much more. Below is a chart summarizing the quantity of certain types of franchises in this year’s ranking. To no one’s surprise food franchises make up the majority of the franchises in the Top 100 Global Franchises.

Franchise Category Quantity
Accounting & Financial 2
Automotive 9
Business Services 1
Child Education 4
Cleaning 10
Computer/Internet 1
Convenience Store 3
Employment/Staffing 2
Fitness 3
Food 35
Grocery Store 3
Health & Beauty 6
Home Improvement 1
Hotel 5
Mailing & Shipping 1
Maintenance 5
Pet 1
Real Estate 3
Sign, Print, Copy 4
Travel 1

The Top 10 Global Franchises for 2015
Franchise Rank Country of Origin Industry
Subway 1 USA Food
McDonald's 2 USA Food
KFC 3 USA Food
Burger King 4 USA Food
7-Eleven 5 USA Convenience Store
Hertz 6 USA Automotive
Pizza Hut 7 USA Food
ACE 8 USA Maintenance
Wyndham Hotel Group 9 USA Hotel
Groupe Casino 10 France Grocery Store

The first half of the top 10 is a carbon copy of last year with Subway retaining the #1 spot and what some would refer to as ridiculous growth despite market inconsistencies around the world. McDonald’s remains #2, but the burger giant is in the midst of its roughest patch in decades (more on McDonald’s rough 2014 below). The remainder of the top 5 remains the same with KFC (#3), Burger King (#4 – also profiled below), and 7-Eleven (#5).

Subway; 2015 Top 10 franchises

The bottom of the top saw some shuffling as Hertz (#6), Ace Hardware (#8) and French grocery chain Groupe Casino (#10) join Pizza Hut (#7) and Wyndham Hotel Group (#9) in the top 10 with strong growth in both unit numbers and revenue.

Top 100 Newcomers

Fifteen is a powerful number for 100 Montaditos (#70). Started 15 years ago, the food franchise is making its first appearance on the Top 100 in 2015 by taking a tradition that started in Spain in the 15th century around the world. Montaditos are unique tapa-sized rolls of bread similar to a baguette but wider. Each montadito can be filled with a wide array of flavorful ingredients.

2015 Top 100 Global FranchisesSurprisingly, Little Caesars (#67) hasn’t been part of the Top 100 before this year. The pizza franchise is one of the most recognized in the United States, but has vastly fewer international units than chief competitors. By focusing on the convenience of its “Hot-N-Ready” products and on expansion efforts in smaller cities poised for growth, Little Caesars has nonetheless become one of the fastest growing franchises over the past few years.

Popeyes (#43) is focusing on helping franchisees make better decisions regarding location to boost profitability. “The goal of $1.8M to $2M [for first-year sales] is possible [for new freestanding units] because our real estate choices are better” says CEO Cheryl Bachelder. The company is also in the midst of a system-wide remodel of its existing locations. At 2014’s end, about 80% of U.S. units had adopted the brand’s new style.

Newcomer Sport Clips (#92) opened its first franchise outside of the U.S. in Burlington, Ontario, Canada in 2013. A little less than two years later, the specialty hair care salon makes its first appearance on the Top 100 Global Franchises ranking. The company’s VP of Franchising, Pete Lindsey, sheds some light on the leap into international franchising:

Sport Clips was successful for many years before moving past the borders of the United States. What went into the decision to take international expansion slowly? 

Our founder Gordon Logan has always been focused on people. ;We understand the countries that we would be interested in considering, but we focus on who would be the best partner. Sport Clips has a strong values based culture so it is vital that we work with like-minded people. If we find the right people we will consider the country.   

2015 Top 100 Global FranchisesWhat were some special concerns you had expanding the market for your brand? 

Sport Clips is a very support intensive operation. As we are working with licensed service providers (stylists), we need to have a support structure in place prior to expansion. We focus on men’s hair so we make sure we train our stylists on how to cut men’s hair and how to provide that one and only Sport Clips experience that the guys that have experienced it know what I am talking about.

Was there anything that surprised you about expanding into Canada?

There are always surprises. Applying our operations to a new country where the law may be different, addressing the ever important cultural differences and nuances of site selection were all things to address in our application of the brand on Canada. One of the biggest changes was branding to hockey vs. football or baseball in the U.S. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to other franchises considering making the leap out of their home country?

Know how your brand translates into the new market and find the right partners. We found wonderful partners in our Canada expansion and they are getting ready to open our 21st location in just over two years with 30 more licenses in process. We have and are very excited about our Canadian team. 

Are you looking forward to expanding into other countries soon? 

We don’t have this on a timeline. We are always looking for productive partnerships be they franchisee or a master licensee. Our core is to make sure that we are doing all we can to help our Franchisees (team leaders) be as successful as they want to be. Gordon always reminds us that we need to keep a laser focus on our operations and to continue to provide an exceptional haircut experience. If we continue to do that, all will take care of itself. So [alongside] any expansion Sport Clips considers, degradation of any existing Sport Clips support to our franchisees will not be acceptable. We can’t take our eye off the ball. 

Non-U.S. Companies

Groupe Casino leads the 24 franchise systems founded outside the United States on this year’s list. Coming as no surprise, this French company is doing exceptionally well on the international franchising stage—France remains the #1 franchising market in Europe and has shown consistent growth. Here are some quick facts about the French franchise market via the FFF (Fédération Française de la Franchise):

  • Nearly $54 billion annual turnover.
  • 1,700+ franchisors and 65,000+ franchisees.
  • 60% of franchisees are men.
  • 30% of franchise outlets located outside of France.
  • Average franchise employs five full-time employees.

Top 100 Ranked Franchises Founded Outside the U.S.
Franchise Rank Country of Origin
Groupe Casino 2 France
Carrefour 13 France
InterContinental Hotel Group 15 England
Dia 20 Spain
Tim Hortons 22 Canada
Europcar 30 France
Groupe Auchan 35 France
Kumon 37 Japan
No + Vello 41 Spain
H&R Block 48 Canada
ActionCOACH 51 Australia
Yogen Fruz 53 Canada
Yves Rocher 54 France
Liberty Tax 61 Canada
Molly Maid 64 Canada
100 Montaditos 70 Spain
Naturhouse 72 Spain
Vom Fass 77 Germany
Tutor Doctor 80 Canada
Pita Pit 81 Canada
Cartridge World 82 Australia
Husse 83 Sweden
Pirtek 84 Australia
5àSec 87 France

Honorable Mentions

Making the Top 100 is not an easy feat. There are literally thousands of franchises that are worthy of recognition. Here are the franchise systems that came just short of the ranking in 2015.

Franchise Rank Country of Origin
Curves 101 USA
Merle Norman Cosmetics 102 USA
Haagen-Dazs 103 USA
WSI Digital Marketing 104 Canada
Jazzercise 105 USA
Comfort Keepers 106 USA
Budget Blinds 107 USA
Papa Murphy's Take N' Bake 108 USA
The Maids 109 USA
Allegra Print 110 USA
Sir Speedy 111 USA
Schlotzsky's 112 USA
Jamba Juice 113 USA
Moe's Southwest Grill 114 USA
CertaPro Painters 115 USA
Puro Clean 116 USA
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives 117 USA
Pak Mail 118 USA
Re-Bath 119 USA
Gymboree Play Programs 120 USA
Aussie Pet Mobile Inc. 121 Australia
American Leak Detection 123 USA
Color Glo 124 USA
Engel & Völkers 125 Germany
Nathan's Famous 126 USA
Five Guys 127 USA
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 128 USA
Maid Brigade 129 USA
Heaven's Best 130 USA
The Little Gym 131 USA
PostNet 132 USA
Proforma 133 USA
Pressto 134 Spain
Homewatch 135 USA
Bruster's 136 USA
Smooy 137 Spain
Mr. Sandless 138 USA
Planet Beach Contempo Spa 139 USA
Pinkberry 140 USA
Maid2Clean 141 England
Sandler Training 142 USA
Von Poll 143 Germany
You Move Me 144 USA
Gocco 145 Spain

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