The Top 100 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 Top 100.
Like last year, there isn’t a lot of change at the top of the ranking. Subway remains the top franchise in our ranking, but McDonald’s slides back into the runner-up position after a brief absence. KFC, Burger King and 7-Eleven round out the top five.
Towards the bottom of the top 10 is where things have changed since last year. Pizza Hut and Wyndham Hotel Group remain in the back half of the top 10 for 2014, but they are joined by three newcomers: GNC, Dunkin’ Donuts and Spanish grocery chain Dia.
Elsewhere down the list, astute followers of the ranking will notice that ampm Mini Market is not present, which follows the company’s decision to end international franchising operations. Nearly 90 percent of franchises from the 2013 edition of the ranking remain in the Top 100 for 2014.
Top 100 Newcomers
Meet the newbies of this year’s Top 100 Global Franchises Ranking…
Coming in at 29, Groupe Casino is one of two new French supermarket chains in the Top 100. Groupe Casino operates in eight countries and covers several types of retail offerings in addition to its supermarket franchise brands.
Home-based travel franchise CruiseOne (40) rides a wave of over 20 years’ experience into the Top 100 for the first time.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (45) is the oldest and largest privately held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States.
The second of the new French supermarket chains is Groupe Auchan (67). Groupe Auchan operates in seven countries and is very similar to its previously-mentioned counterpart in terms of diversity.
On the heels of a major Canadian expansion effort Budget Blinds makes a huge jump from outside the Top 100 to 68 in this year’s ranking.
One-stop auto shop Precision Tune Auto Care (81) has a franchise network of nearly 350 locations operating in seven countries.
UK-based Antal International Network (83) is an employment agency franchise. Antal also has an investment branch where typical investments fall into one of these five areas: Business Services, Property, Retail, Fashion & Luxury, or Information Technology.
Furniture Medic (93) is the “world's largest and most respected furniture repair and wood restoration company.” It was created out of the founder’s desire to fill a void in the marketplace for on-site furniture repair and restoration.Although likely strong enough to make the ranking in previous years, the Five Guys franchise only operated in the United States until recently and was thus on the sidelines. The burger franchise now makes its debut in the Top 100 Global Franchises Ranking at number 99.
After being oh-so-close last year (105), children’s education franchise Sylvan Learning squeezes into the Top 100 this year at number 100.
Non-U.S. Based Companies in the Top 100
The Top 100 list is comprised of mostly companies based in the U.S. Nonetheless, franchising continues to gain in popularity around the world. As franchising expands in other countries, franchises native to other countries have begun to rival U.S. counterparts. Below is a chart presenting franchises founded outside of the United States in this year’s ranking.
Though these franchise systems fell just shy of the Top 100 this year, they remain great representations of successful international operations.
Why not Starbucks?
We often receive inquiries about Starbucks, usually regarding why the company is not found in the ranking.
While Starbucks is one the world’s foremost coffee brands, it franchises on a very limited basis—and only began doing so recently.
February 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of the first franchised Starbucks ever launched—a location in the British village of Liphook. Currently located only in the United Kingdom, Starbucks also has plans to open a franchise in France soon. In November, a Starbucks spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that the company has no plans to franchise its full-scale coffee shops in the U.S.
Since franchise locations are in only a select few places and because Starbucks is not currently accepting applications for new franchisees, Starbucks is not listed in this year’s Top 100 ranking.