Who’s The Best of the Best?

The top three Entrepreneur US’s 36th annual Franchise 500 this year are familiar names, and their growth stats are jaw dropping.

Who’s The Best of the Best?

The results are out for Entrepreneur US’s 36th annual Franchise 500, wherein any franchised company with a minimum of ten units (and at least one in the US) can enter and be evaluated. The top three this year are familiar names, and their growth stats are jaw dropping.

1st place: Hamptons Hotels

Its hospitality culture called ‘Hamptonality’ has become an invaluable commodity that has aided the business in growing to 2 000 hotels in 16 countries with plans to open 400 hotels in China in the next few years.

2nd place: Anytime Fitness

The 24-hour brand signed up its two millionth member in January 2014 and went on to open nearly 350 new gyms, bringing its numbers to over 3 000 locations in 20 countries. It’s anticipated the fitness franchise will enter the billion dollar club in 2015 after closing 2014 with $900 million.

3rd place: Subway

This brand is growing so fast there’s a ticker on its website counting the number of units it has open. At the time of writing it was at over 43 544 restaurants in 110 countries and the company believes there’s still room for another 8 000 in the US alone. It’s not winning by numbers alone; it’s customers are enjoying all-day options in non-traditional locations like Walmart stores and hospitals.


Tracy Lee Nicol
About the Author
Tracy-Lee Nicol is the managing editor of Franchise Zone Magazine and deputy editor of Entrepreneur Magazine. She studied her Masters degree in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University and spent the next two years working and travelling in Asia. Her love of people, business and teaching is reflected in telling the stories of entrepreneurs, franchisees and franchisors, inspiring others to take the leap to being their own boss and bringing about positive change in South Africa.

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