Best for Vets: Franchises 2016

Best for Vets: Franchises 2016

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 veteran and active-duty service members and their families.

2014 franchised units 3-year continuity rate 3-year growth rate
Rank Brand Industry or service Franchising since Total Vet-owned Overall Vet-owned Overall Vet-owned Initial investment Franchise fee discount Startup cost discount Royalty or similar fee Royalty discount Reservist help
1 CruiseOne Travel 1992 922 276 93% 90% 9% 37% $3,245-$21,850 20% 1.5%-3% Deferred costs and management assistance
2 TSS Photography Art / photography / journalism 1984 200 20 90% 74% -3% -1% $35,940-$74,215 $5,000 none 1 no fee
3 Snap-on Tools Automotive 1990 3,267 406 93% 94% 1% -2% $159,742-$316,254 $20,000 $110/month
4 ACFN, the ATM Franchise Business Banking / financial services 2003 246 38 92% 100% 10% 28% $40,400-$67,815 $1,000 none 1 no fee
5 Sport Clips Haircuts Beauty / wellness / grooming 1995 1,272 126 100% 100% 16% 17% $168,300-$326,500 20% 6%
6 Budget Blinds Home décor and kitchen 1994 833 49 98% 93% 7% 47% $89,240-$187,070 $15,000 $300 2
7 Boulder Designs Signage / stone products 2008 58 12 91% 100% -7% 21% $71,650-$83,800 $5,000 $400/month 3 25% Management assistance
8 Massage Envy Spa Health care / health services 2003 1,051 42 100% 100% 4 12% 88% 4 $413,700-$960,850 $5,000 6% $3,000 Management assistance
9 HouseMaster Home Inspections Real estate / property management 1979 282 7 91% 5 100% -4% 5 21% $61,100-$107,900 5 15% 7.5% 5 Deferred costs
10 U.S. Lawns Landscaping 1986 264 28 93% 97% 2% 12% $51,500-$79,300 $5,000 3%-6%
11 Matco Tools Automotive 1993 1,535 124 89% 87% 2% 67% $85,229-$247,710 $6,500 none 6 no fee Deferred costs and management assistance
12 Surface Specialists Repair / maintenance 1982 44 10 98% 100% 2% 0% $43,200-$56,000 20% 5%
13 Batteries Plus Bulbs Retail 1992 598 76 99% 100% 9% 8% $215,061-$389,037 $10,000 5%
14 Always Best Care Senior Services Senior care 2007 197 25 91% 95% 6% 16% $62,225-$111,400 5% 6% Deferred costs
15 Fastsigns International Printing / publishing 1986 506 56 99% 100% 4% 4% $164,753-$299,874 50% 6% 7
16 HomeVestors of America Real estate / property management 1996 452 31 90% 67% 42% 54% $81,000-$347,250 10% .8%-3%
17 Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Repair / maintenance 1996 120 12 89% no data 0% no data $51,400-$100,100 10% 9%
18 Sparkle Wash Pressure washing / surface restoration 1967 93 4 96% 5 92% -3% 5 0% $77,950-$100,950 5 $5,000 4%-6% 5
19 Win Home Inspection Home inspection 1993 182 no data 95% no data 3% no data $37,550-$53,500 $13,500 6%-7% 
20 Two Men and a Truck Moving Service 1989 231 37 100% 99% 6% 16% $178,000-$590,500 10% 6%
21 Comfort Keepers Senior Care 1999 684 16 98% 100% 2% 2% $83,060-$114,390 10% 5% 10%
22 MM Nutrition by Max Muscle Retail 2004 138 16 91% no data -3% 40% $131,100-$281,300 $10,000 3%-6%
23 The Great Frame Up Retail 1975 90 5 95% 90% -5% -10% $111,973-$177,791 $5,000 5%
24 Tailored Living Hardware 2006 112 5 92% no data 1% no data $111,130-$249,495 $5,000 $300/month-$1,500/month 2
25 MRINetwork Recruiting / staffing 1965 615 81 91% no data -7% 2% 4 $52,380-$76,730 20% 3%-9%
26 CMIT Solutions Corporate services 1998 146 18 93% 100% 3% 32% $126,300-$174,439 20% 0%-6%
27 Vanguard Cleaning Systems Corporate services 1984 2,794 64 89% no data 8% no data $4,348-$34,480 10% 10%
28 Coverall Repair / maintenance 1985 7,998 720 87% 90% -4% -5% $14,519-$48,001 10% 5% Deferred costs
29 Real Property Management Real estate / property management 2005 257 13 95% 100% 17% 25% $56,550-$99,900 10% 7%
30 Border Magic Landscaping 2003 36 3 91% 87% -7% 0% 4 $71,650-$83,800 10% $400/month 3 25% Management assistance
31 Young Rembrandts Franchise Education 2001 89 4 95% 87% 8% 13% $40,225-$48,880 10% 10%
32 Tropical Smoothie Café Restaurant 1997 410 10 96% 5 100% 8% 5 39% $165,940-$414,685 5 50% 6% 5
33 Rita's Water Ice Franchise Co. Food 1989 592 3 95% no data 3% 6% $140,500-$414,200 $15,000 6.5%
34 Unishippers Global Logistics Corporate services 1988 229 no data 93% no data -4% no data $45,024-$2,242,691 20% 15%-18.5% 8
35 IceBorn Vending 2012 35 5 no data no data no data no data $138,000-$400,500 5 50% 6% 5
36 Spring-Green Lawn Care Landscaping 1980 130 11 98% no data 3% 5% 4 $89,286-$103,132 $5,000 8%-10%
37 PJ's Coffee of New Orleans Coffee shop 1989 66 no data 96% no data 9% no data $171,400-$474,500 20% 5%
38 Padgett Business Services Accounting / finance 1975 269 39 90% 100% -4% 1% $99,975 $4,000 9%
39 Caring Transitions Senior moving  2006 168 8 83% 93% 14% -6% $55,850-$84,530 $2,000 5%
40 HomeTeam Inspection Service Home inspection  1992 138 26 94% no data -5% 1% $38,700-$72,400 25% 6%
41 Foot Solutions Retail 2000 131 no data 87% no data -11% no data $200,000-$250,000 $10,000 5%
42 Great Clips Beauty / wellness / grooming 1983 3,694 no data 98% no data 6% no data $122,250-$233,100 6%
  • 1 No royalty, but other types of fees apply
  • 2 $300, months 1-6; $700, months 7-12; $1,100, months 13-24; $1,500 from then on
  • 3 $250 per month for the first 6 months, $400 per month thereafter
  • 4 Rate based on two years of data, not three
  • 5 Based on information from 2014 franchise disclosure document, not 2015 version
  • 6 No royalty but must purchase products/services from franchisor
  • 7 Of gross sales; 3% of gross sales during the first year
  • 8 Of gross profit margin