We've rounded up another "Mega 99" issue--and that means some big numbers. In the following pages you'll find our annual list of the biggest players in franchising--the ones with dozens, even hundreds, of units--and plans for many more. When it comes to brands, units, and territories, these franchisees think big... and they think long.
Numbers offer insights, but our readers tell us that the personal stories of the individuals we profile, with their tales of success, failure, and lessons learned, are the most powerful. And it's in these details that the true character--and grit--of these successful multi-unit operators are revealed.
Each year, we look for franchisees with the drive, determination, and that pinch of good fortune who have expanded and reaped the rewards. In each case, it's a special combination of choosing great brands, building dedicated, hard-working teams, and attracting and retaining loyal and satisfied customers who return again and again. And, as we've discovered over the years, not everyone is built for success on this scale.
In the pages ahead you'll find six profiles of outstanding franchisees who pushed through immeasurable obstacles to make it happen. Each has a remarkable story of how they attained success and how they are determined to keep it going. This year, along with four new profiles, we reconnected with Anand Gala and Ken Leese to learn what they've been up to since we profiled them a few years back.
No matter their background, experience, or training, there are inspiring stories behind all these successful franchisees. Whether you have a single unit or dozens spread across several brands, you're sure to find something useful, educational, and even entertaining in the stories of these six multi-unit operators.
Along with our Mega 99 profiles, we present our annual Mega 99 list, ranking the franchisees with the most units in the country. See which brands the largest franchisees in the U.S. have chosen to build their portfolios.
It's Mega 99 time!
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