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Best for Vets: Franchises 2018

Military Times Best: Franchises 2018

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. We also considered information from franchise disclosure documents.

2016 franchised units 3-year continuity rate 3-year growth rate
Rank Brand Industry Initial investment Franchise fee military discount Royalty or similar fee Overall Vet-owned Overall Vet-owned Overall Vet-owned
1 Dream Vacations / CruiseOne Travel $3,245-$21,850 20% 1.5-3% 1 1,094 351 84% 93% 33% 106%
2 Budget Blinds Homebuilding $105,140-$225,870 $15,000 $300-$1,500/mo. 965 61 94% 97% 24% 239%
3 Tailored Living 2 Home Décor and Kitchen $156,930-$297,295 $7,495 $300-2,000/mo. 157 8 88% 100% 60% no data
4 Boulder Designs Signage / Stone Products $85,595-$110,195 $2,500 $395-495/mo. 83 17 87% 100% 52% 70%
5 Color Glo International Repair / Maintenance Services $56,300-$61,375 10% 4% 3 78 15 80% 100% -4% 7%
6 America's Swimming Pool Company Repair / Maintenance Services $96,198-$143,332 15% 4-8% 1 3 220 16 91% 100% 66% 220%
7 Snap-on Tools Automotive - Motor Vehicles - Parts $169,503-$350,231 -- $120/mo. 3,340 354 83% 68% 2% -13%
8 Marco's Pizza Quick Service or Fast Food Restaurant $222,830-$663,830 $10,000 5.5-6% 779 42 95% 100% 82% 121%
9 Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp. Home Décor and Kitchen $20,435-$33,445 50% 6-9% 1 3 71 10 80% 59% -7% -9%
10 Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp. Landscaping $109,080 $5,000 8-10% 110 11 95% 92% 10% 22%
11 Sport Clips Haircuts Beauty / Wellness / Grooming $189,300-$354,500 20% 6% 1,552 181 100% 97% 38% 27%
12 HoneyBaked Ham Retail $299,200-$468,200 $10,000 5-6% 202 7 98% 100% 10% 40%
13 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Moving Services $95,000-$666,000 10% 6% 262 50 97% 94% 27% 35%
14 Caring Transitions Senior Services $58,112-$80,812 $2,000 5% 3 175 21 68% 95% 32% 200%
15 TSS Photography Art - Photography - Journalism $20,400-$74,275 no data none 4 177 20 69% 83% -22% 11%
16 Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream Food $239,450-$484,500 25% 6% 51 8 78% 89% 81% 60%
17 Batteries Plus Bulbs Retail $152,200-$369,450 $10,000 5% 696 80 98% 96% 15% 14%
18 PuroClean Repair / Maintenance Services $40,947-$185,852 25% 3-10% 3 190 21 68% 72% -7% 5%
19 Experimac 2 Computer Hardware $144,370-$316,140 10% 6% 81 8 94% 100% no data no data
20 Juice It Up! 2 Quick Service or Fast Food Restaurant $216,400-$378,300 $15,000 6% 3 88 4 89% 29% 12% 0%
21 Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Health Care - Health Services $80,485-$122,285 10% 2.5-3.5% 3 528 14 95% 93% 16% 40%
22 Surface Specialists Hardware / Home Improvement $43,200-$56,000 20% 5% 3 45 8 98% 89% 5% -11%
23 Pillar To Post Home Inspectors Real Estate - Property Mgt $34,350-$42,550 20% 7% 550 140 84% no data 35% no data
24 Matco Tools Repair / Maintenance Services $91,385-$269,565 -- none 4 1,682 348 77% 97% 18% 35%
25 Right at Home Health Care - Health Services $78,250-$137,900 10% 5% 464 38 94% 78% 37% 41%
26 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen 2 Hardware / Home Improvement $99,745-$288,955 $5,000 2-7% 3 36 3 90% 100% 6% 0%
27 Mr. Appliance Repair / Maintenance Services $60,800-$139,515 15% 7% 202 41 75% 100% 34% 95%
28 Mr. Handyman Repair / Maintenance Services $105,100-$136,700 15% 3.5-7% 3 197 18 87% 100% 5% 64%
29 NaturaLawn of America 2 Environmental $47,500-$112,650 $10,000 7-9% 85 2 96% 100% 32% 0%
30 Midas Automotive - Motor Vehicles - Parts $68,130-$435,097 $30,000 2-10% 1,017 5 no data 89% no data -5% no data
31 FASTSIGNS International Signage/ Graphics $100,675-$267,520 $23,750 3-6% 572 58 98% 100% 18% 41%
32 LINE-X Automotive - Motor Vehicles - Parts $125,600-$319,830 $7,500 none 4 6 565 99 91% 100% 4% 9%
33 Real Property Management Real Estate - Property Mgt $86,795-$113,795 10% 7% 3 264 18 85% 100% 10% 50%
34 The UPS Store Retail $159,428-$402,595 $10,000 5% 4,593 328 96% 100% 4% 25%
35 Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services Services - Corporate B2B $59,500-$107,200 25% 9% 130 15 86% no data 15% no data
36 Rita's Italian Ice Food $150,500-$440,900 $15,000 6.5% 601 16 83% 100% 8% 220%
37 Glass Doctor Repair / Maintenance Services $128,800-$265,500 15% 5-7% 3 166 23 79% 96% 2% 188%
38 Five Star Painting 2 Hardware / Home Improvement $61,600-$136,150 15% 6% 3 152 15 63% 94% 29% 1400%
39 Mr. Electric Repair / Maintenance Services $86,100-$184,750 15% 4-7% 112 19 65% 95% -15% 36%
40 Grounds Guys Landscaping $73,470-$200,070 15% 7% 3 172 49 62% 83% 42% 63%
41 Homewatch CareGivers Health Care - Health Services $83,000-$131,000 10% 5% 199 16 80% 84% -6% 23%
42 Sparkle Wash International 2 Pressure Washing Services $77,950-$108,950 $5,000 4-6% 81 2 77% 100% -19% 100%
43 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Food $191,288-$363,016 $5,000 5% 394 12 83% 7 100% -11% 7 20%
44 Vanguard Cleaning Systems Services - Corporate B2B $6,553-$37,605 10% 10% 2,920 69 74% 8 67% 9% 8 15%
45 WOW 1 DAY PAINTING 2 Hardware / Home Improvement $108,500-$147,080 10% 6% 40 4 67% 100% 100% no data
46 Mr. Rooter Repair / Maintenance Services $74,275-$180,195 15% 5-7% 3 191 24 74% 96% -11% 20%
47 IceBorn Vending $27,095-$213,500 50% 6% 49 5 no data 89% no data 188% no data
48 Molly Maid Hardware / Home Improvement $89,200-$137,200 15% 3-6.5% 3 466 41 92% 100% 6% 11%
49 SuperGreen Solutions Consulting $76,387-$90,667 10% 5% 3 27 2 61% no data 93% no data
50 Rainbow International Restoration Repair / Maintenance Services $171,675-$278,100 15% 4-8% 3 282 29 73% 76% 2% 45%
51 Aire-Master of America Chemical $39,584-$142,400 10% 5% 105 18 85% 7 78% 6% 7 -10%
52 Padgett Business Services Accounting - Finance $20,200-$99,975 $4,000 9% 250 39 83% 100% -10% 0%
53 Transworld Business Advisors Consulting $69,632-$91,877 10% 8% 3 150 no data 84% no data 72% no data
  • 1 Cap on maximum royalty fees
  • 2 Company had fewer than 5 units owned by veterans and their family members in 2013, which can affect continuity and growth rates
  • 3 Minimum royalty fees apply
  • 4 No royalty, but other types of fees apply
  • 5 Data from franchise disclosure document
  • 6 5-12% royalty fee in certain situations
  • 7 Based on information from 2017 franchise disclosure document
  • 8 Based on information provided in the survey
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