2020 Multi-Unit 50: The Most Multi-Friendly Brands
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2020 Multi-Unit 50: The Most Multi-Friendly Brands

2020 Multi-Unit 50: The Most Multi-Friendly Brands

Multi-brand franchising is a growing phenomenon. Some franchisees are not content with operating one brand so they add one, two, three, or more other brands to their portfolios. Our annual Multi-Brand 50 issue provides data supplied by FRANdata that gives insight to this growing operational approach. Here are 2020's rankings of the country's largest multi-brand operators, along with the brands they've chosen.

Top 50 Brands by Number of Multi-Unit Franchisees

RANK

BRAND

MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES

SINGLE-UNIT FRANCHISEES

TOTAL FRANCHISEES

DATA YEAR

1

SUBWAY

3,813

3,584

7,397

2018

2

MCDONALD’S

1,840

318

2,158

2019

3

THE UPS STORE

890

2,216

3,106

2018

4

AFC

826

1,801

2,627

2018

5

DUNKIN’

812

5,113

5,925

2019

6

LITTLE CAESARS

690

81

771

2018

7

LIBERTY TAX SERVICE

602

789

1,391

2018

8

H&R BLOCK

600

719

1,319

2018

9

GREAT CLIPS

594

300

894

2018

10

HEALTH MART PHARMACY

583

3,151

3,734

2018

11

ACE HARDWARE

547

2,529

3,076

2018

12

DOMINO’S PIZZA

534

239

773

2019

13

FIREHOUSE SUBS

467

12

479

2018

14

JIMMY JOHN’S

439

284

723

2018

15

VISION SOURCE

427

2,171

2,598

2019

16

DQ GRILL & CHILL

403

1,095

1,498

2019

17

BURGER KING

399

382

781

2019

18

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

386

159

545

2018

19

CENTURY 21

350

736

1,086

2018

20

TACO BELL

339

325

664

2018

21

ANYTIME FITNESS

332

1,660

1,992

2018

22

HISSHO SUSHI

309

472

781

2019

23

SUPERCUTS

291

144

435

2018

24

SPORT CLIPS

289

121

410

2018

25

CHICK-FIL-A

276

1,461

1,737

2018

26

BASKIN-ROBBINS

270

1,588

1,858

2019

27

KFC

257

380

637

2019

28

PAPA JOHN’S

253

392

645

2018

29

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

252

305

557

2018

30

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS

250

209

459

2018

31

WENDY’S

227

121

348

2018

32

COLDWELL BANKER

225

467

692

2018

33

PAPA MURPHY’S

224

238

462

2018

34

SERVPRO

216

834

1,050

2018

35

FANTASTIC SAMS

196

293

489

2018

36

SMOOTHIE KING

192

224

416

2018

37

GNC

181

234

415

2018

38

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

181

30

211

2018

39

WINGSTOP

178

110

288

2018

40

AUNTIE ANNE’S

175

314

489

2018

41

DQ TREAT

171

759

930

2019

42

PIZZA HUT

166

126

292

2018

43

ARBY’S

164

254

418

2019

44

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER

164

112

276

2018

45

POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN

164

660

824

2018

46

KELLER WILLIAMS

163

781

944

2018

47

MIDAS

163

267

430

2018

48

MATHNASIUM

162

422

584

2019

49

CULVER’S

155

274

429

2018

50

SONIC DRIVE-IN

155

308

463

2019

SOURCE: Frandata. Brands with 25 or fewer franchisees were excluded.

Top 50 Brands by Percentage of Multi-Unit Franchisees

RANK

BRAND

% MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES

MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES

SINGLE-UNIT FRANCHISEES

TOTAL FRANCHISEES

DATA YEAR

1

PANERA BREAD

100.00%

28

0

28

2018

2

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES

98.17%

107

2

109

2018

3

FIREHOUSE SUBS

97.49%

467

12

479

2018

4

CAPTAIN D’S

94.81%

73

4

77

2018

5

SMARTSTYLE

93.00%

93

7

100

2018

6

JACK IN THE BOX

92.73%

102

8

110

2018

7

DUTCH BROS.

92.45%

49

4

53

2018

8

MIRACLE-EAR

92.00%

138

12

150

2018

9

FRESHII

90.14%

64

7

71

2018

10

LITTLE CAESARS

89.49%

690

81

771

2018

11

PALM BEACH TAN

88.89%

24

3

27

2018

12

APPLEBEE’S

88.57%

31

4

35

2019

13

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

85.78%

181

30

211

2018

14

MCDONALD’S

85.26%

1,840

318

2,158

2019

15

CHEEZIES PIZZA

82.61%

38

8

46

2018

16

ROSATI’S CHICAGO PIZZA

76.19%

32

10

42

2018

17

SIMPLE SIMON’S PIZZA

75.94%

101

32

133

2018

18

CARL’S JR.

75.42%

89

29

118

2018

19

BARBERITOS

75.00%

24

8

32

2018

20

HWY 55 BURGERS SHAKES & FRIES

71.43%

50

20

70

2018

21

VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE

70.89%

56

23

79

2018

22

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

70.83%

386

159

545

2018

23

SPORT CLIPS

70.49%

289

121

410

2018

24

PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS

70.13%

54

23

77

2018

25

GODFATHER’S PIZZA

70.06%

124

53

177

2018

26

BUDDY’S HOME FURNISHINGS

69.44%

25

11

36

2018

27

DOMINO’S PIZZA

69.08%

534

239

773

2019

28

BOJANGLES’

69.01%

49

22

71

2018

29

PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA

67.74%

21

10

31

2018

30

FRONTIER ADJUSTERS

67.68%

111

53

164

2018

31

SUPERCUTS

66.90%

291

144

435

2018

32

GREAT CLIPS

66.44%

594

300

894

2018

33

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

66.42%

89

45

134

2018

34

MICHELIN COMMERCIAL SERVICE NETWORK

65.79%

25

13

38

2018

35

SUN TAN CITY

65.79%

25

13

38

2018

36

TIDE CLEANERS

65.38%

17

9

26

2018

37

HARDEE’S

65.35%

83

44

127

2018

38

WENDY’S

65.23%

227

121

348

2018

39

COST CUTTERS FAMILY HAIR SALON

64.86%

48

26

74

2018

40

PACLEASE

64.41%

38

21

59

2019

41

RENT-A-CENTER

62.07%

18

11

29

2018

42

AVIS

61.90%

26

16

42

2018

43

WINGSTOP

61.81%

178

110

288

2018

44

THE GOOD FEET STORE

61.54%

16

10

26

2018

45

RALLY’S

60.98%

25

16

41

2019

46

CHECKERS

60.94%

78

50

128

2019

47

JIMMY JOHN’S

60.72%

439

284

723

2018

48

SOLA SALON STUDIOS

60.47%

78

51

129

2018

49

FREEDOM BOAT CLUB

60.42%

29

19

48

2018

50

HOMESMART

60.38%

32

21

53

2019

SOURCE: Frandata. Brands with 25 or fewer franchisees were excluded.

Published: September 11th, 2020

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