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2016 Top 100 Global Franchises: Newcomers & Honorable Mentions

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Top 100 Newcomers

Competition was fierce, but a number of franchise brands were able to push their way into the ranking for the first time this year.


Chili’s (#71): Inspired by the spices and flavors of the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off in Southwest Texas, Larry Lavine opened the first Chili’s Hamburger Grill & Bar in 1975. The Dallas-based franchise’s menu has obviously grown over the last 40 years. The menu now includes an array of Fresh Mex and Fresh Tex cuisine, including many of the restaurant’s original recipes.


Leadership Management International (#53): Founded in 1966, LMI helps its managerial and executive clients reach their potential. The franchise has outlets in over 70 countries and provides its services in over 25 languages.


Panera (#64): This fast casual food franchise has grown from serving approximately 420 customers per week at its first bakery-café over 30 years ago to a system that currently serves 7.8 million customers per week. The franchise only expands via multi-unit operators at this time, but that may change in the future.


Pressto (#91): A global leader in dry cleaning, Spanish franchise Pressto serves over 10 million customers in 24 countries across 6 continents. Pressto prides itself in being “much more hygienic than any other dry cleaning brand” through its process of distilling the dry cleaning solvent after each cycle.


ServPro (#86): The disaster restoration specialist makes its entry into the ranking following several years of slow, deliberate growth in Canada paired with its expansive presence and consistent growth in the United States.


Honorable Mentions

There are literally thousands of franchises that are worthy of recognition, but only so much space. Here are 50 franchise systems that came just short of the ranking for the 2016 edition.


The First 50 Outside the Ranking
Franchise Rank Industry Country of Origin
Applebee’s 101 Food Franchises USA
Ben & Jerry's 102 Food Franchises USA
Cold Stone Creamery 103 Food Franchises USA
Martinizing Dry Cleaning 104 Cleaning Franchises USA
MRI Network 105 Employment/Staffing Franchises USA
Kona Ice 106 Food Franchises USA
Haagen-Dazs 107 Food Franchises USA
MaidPro 108 Cleaning Franchises USA
Moe's Southwest Grill 109 Food Franchises USA
Murphy's Take'N'Bake 110 Food Franchises USA
Visiting Angels 111 Senior Care Franchises USA
The Maids 112 Cleaning Franchises USA
Johnny Rockets 113 Food Franchises USA
Precision Tune Auto Care 114 Automotive Franchises USA
Gymboree Play Programs 115 Fitness Franchises USA
A & W 116 Food Franchises USA
Merle Norman Cosmetics 117 Health & Beauty Franchises USA
Sylvan Learning 118 Child Education Franchises USA
Mr. Handyman 119 Maintenance Franchises USA
CertaPro Painters 120 Senior Care Franchises USA
Comfort Keepers 121 Food Franchises USA
Jamba Juice 122 Food Franchises USA
Right at Home 123 Senior Care Franchises USA
Schlotzsky’s 124 Food Franchises USA
American Leak Detection 125 Maintenance Franchises USA
CruiseShip Centers 126 Travel Franchises Canada
Allegra Print 127 Sign, Print, Copy Franchises USA
Sir Speedy 128 Sign, Print, Copy Franchises USA
Senior Helpers 129 Senior Care Franchises USA
Round Table Pizzas 130 Food Franchises USA
Valpak 131 Business Services Franchises USA
Pak Mail 132 Mail & Shipping Franchises USA
Re-Bath 133 Home Improvement Franchises USA
PuroClean 134 Cleaning Franchises USA
Nathan's Famous 135 Food Franchises USA
Signs Express 136 Sign, Print, Copy Franchises England
Pinkberry 137 Food Franchises USA
Smooy 138 Food Franchises Spain
Five Guys 139 Food Franchises USA
Charanga 140 Retail Franchises Spain
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 141 Food Franchises USA
Engineering for Kids 142 Child Education Franchises USA
Pet Depot 143 Pet Franchises USA
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 144 Maintenance Franchises USA
Gocco 145 Retail Franchises Spain
Signal 88 Security 146 Security Franchises USA
Foot Solutions 147 Retail Franchises USA
Ho Math Chess Learning Centre 148 Child Education Franchises Canada
Novi Global 149 Business Services Franchises Gibraltar
Wok & Go 150 Food Franchises England


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