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Best for Vets: Franchises 2013

Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15

The story | The methodology

We invited franchise brands across the country to complete a rigorous survey telling us about their companies as well as their accommodations for service members and veterans. The rankings were created based on the answers provided to questions about the company's culture the performance of franchise units, the costs associated with franchising, and the financial and other support offered to current and former service members and their families.

Rank Brand Industry Franchising since Franchised units Vet-owned units Continuity Growth Initial Investment Franchise fee discount Startup cost discount Royalty or similar fee Royalty discount Reservist help
1 CruiseOne Travel 1992 825 140 91% 8% $4,625-$26,265 20% no fee 1.5%-3% $1,800 Deferred costs and management assistance
2 Sport Clips Inc. Beauty/wellness/grooming 1995 1,196 127 99% 15% $158,300-$306,500 10% - 6% - Management assistance
3 Signarama Retail 1987 719 115 94% -1% $209,697-$234,177 10% no fee 6% 1 - Management assistance
4 Anytime Fitness Beauty/wellness/grooming 2002 2,373 240 97% 35% $59,999-$321,899 20% - $500/month 2 - Management assistance
5 Sparkle Wash Construction 1965 47 4 97% 0% $77,950-$100,950 $5,000 - 4%-6% - -
6 Boulder Designs Retail 2008 52 13 89% -8% $65,650-$77,800 25% - $400/month 3 25% Management assistance
7 HomeTeam Inspection Service Home inspection services 1993 151 26 93% -6% $38,700-$72,400 25% - 6% - -
8 The Grounds Guys Landscaping 2010 141 30 93% 246% $72,490-$205,090 25% - 7% 4 - -
9 Unishippers Global Logistics Transportation 1988 256 15 95% -3% $40,405-$2,244,400 20% - 15%-18.5% - -
10 Molly Maid Repair/maintenance services 1979 449 22 98% 1% $85,795-$131,295 $6,000 - 3%-6.5% - -
11 7-Eleven Franchising Retail 1964 6,219 5 65 98% 7% $44,350-$1,122,800 20% - 48% 6 - Management assistance
12 Batteries Plus Bulbs Retail 1992 562 21 99% 11% $208,450-$385,750 $10,000 - 5% - Management assistance
13 LINE-X Automotive/motor vehicles/parts 1999 372 33 95% 4% $163,793-$333,143 $7,500 - none 7 no fee -
14 Mr. Appliance Appliance and electronics 1996 152 20 85% 1% $54,850-$114,120 25% - 9% 4 - -
15 Liberty Tax Service Accounting/finance 1997 4,520 235 92% 7% $57,800-$71,900 $40,000 - 14% - Deferred costs and management assistance
16 TSS Photography Sales/marketing 1983 230 no data 94% 3% $42,600-$77,500 10% $1,000 none 8 no fee -
17 Hungry Howie's Pizza Quick service or fast food restaurant 1982 544 9 96% -1% $228,000-$432,500 50% - 5% - -
18 Budget Blinds Home décor and kitchen 1994 911 35 97% 4% $89,240-$187,070 $35,000 - $300/month - $1,500/month9 - -
19 i9 Sports Corp. Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics 2002 125 12 88% 1% $44,900-$69,900 10% - 8% - -
20 Tailored Living Hardware/home improvement 2009 99 1 92% 24% $106,130-$244,495 $5,000 - $300/month-$2,000/month9 - -
21 Comfort Keepers Senior care 1999 675 15 98% 3% $77,550-$109,960 10% - 5% 10 10% -
22 MRINetwork/Management Recruiters International Employment/recruiting/staffing 1965 623 80 92% -6% $98,950-$147,430 20% - 3%-9% - -
23 NaturaLawn of America Inc. Agriculture 1991 64 1 99% 0% $107,800-$144,900 $10,000 $5,000 7%-9% - -
24 Signal 88 Security Security 2008 308 no data 96% 25% $85,350-$135,650 10% - 4% - -
25 Young Rembrandts Education/teaching/administration 2001 88 5 94% 5% $40,360-$48,700 10% - 8%-10% - -
26 IceBorn Vending 2012 32 no data no data no data $138,000-$400,500 no data - 6% no data -
27 Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp. Landscaping 1977 125 10 98% 2% $83,663-$95,033 $5,000 $5,000 8%-10% - -
28 ACFN/The ATM Franchise Business Banking/financial services 2003 225 26 93% 13% $40,385-$67,794 $1,000 - none8 - -
29 Fantastic Sams Hair Salons Beauty/wellness/grooming 1976 1,149 30 94% -2% $136,100-$246,100 25% - $340.78/week11 - -
30 National Property Inspections 12 Real estate/property management 1987 208 30 91% -4% $39,550-$42,000 10% - 8% - Deferred costs
31 Aire-Master of America Inc. Services/corporate B2B 1976 102 20 96% 2% $35,584-$126,900 10% - 5% - -
32 Great Harvest Bread Co. Food 1978 212 4 94% 0% $121,554-$622,938 15% - 4%-7% - -
33 Image360 Advertising 1991 162 no data 95% -3% $139,819-$268,459 25% - 6% - -
34 Transworld Business Advisors Sales/marketing 2007 86 no data 96% 89% $57,232-$74,677 no data no fee 8% 13 - -
35 Always Best Care Senior Services Health care/health services 2007 169 23 90% 9% $60,225-$109,400 5% - 6%14 - -
36 Instant Imprints Retail 2002 44 2 89% 5% $178,825-$299,704 $15,000 $4,000 6% - -
37 Andy OnCall Repair/maintenance services 1999 44 no data 93% -7% $48,150-$62,050 30% no fee 5% 15 - -
38 Mr. Handyman Construction 2000 188 7 87% -11% $102,000-$129,600 $6,000 - 7% - -
  • 1 Of gross sales up to $540,000; then 3 percent of sales up to $1 million.
  • 2 Plus per-member and other fees.
  • 3 $250/month for first 6 months.
  • 4 Other fees may also apply.
  • 5 As reported in franchise disclosure document, not survey.
  • 6 If gross profit was $150,000 or less for previous year; otherwise variable.
  • 7 Must pay for and use LINE-X products; otherwise 5 percent to 12 percent royalties apply.
  • 8 No royalty, but other types of fees apply.
  • 9 Costs increase with franchise age.
  • 10 Or $300; different costs apply if performance standards not met.
  • 11 Changes annually based on inflation.
  • 12 Canada brand is Global Property Inspections.
  • 13 Or a flat fee based on franchise age, whichever is greater.
  • 14 Or a flat dollar amount, based on franchise age.
  • 15 Of weekly revenues.