The 2017 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking the Most Multi-Friendly Brands

The 2017 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking the Most Multi-Friendly Brands

The 2017 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking 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 this year'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

1

SUBWAY

4,186

4,033

8,219

2

MCDONALD'S

2,070

435

2,505

3

DUNKIN' DONUTS

1,179

773

1,952

4

LIBERTY TAX SERVICE

810

972

1,782

5

THE UPS STORE

801

2,359

3,160

6

AFC (ADVANCED FRESH CONCEPTS)

778

1,544

2,322

7

H&R BLOCK

720

792

1,512

8

LITTLE CAESARS

709

75

784

9

DAIRY QUEEN

600

2,135

2,735

10

GREAT CLIPS

565

359

924

11

DOMINO'S

544

307

851

12

HEALTH MART PHARMACY

535

2,934

3,469

13

RE/MAX

516

1,896

2,412

14

BURGER KING

507

403

910

15

ACE HARDWARE

506

2,600

3,106

16

FIREHOUSE SUBS

469

19

488

17

VISION SOURCE

425

2,235

2,660

18

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

416

142

558

19

JIMMY JOHN'S

403

322

725

20

TACO BELL

370

327

697

21

CENTURY 21

359

908

1,267

22

ANYTIME FITNESS

349

1,433

1,782

23

KFC

343

526

869

24

WENDY'S

329

242

571

25

HISSHO SUSHI

318

10

328

26

SPORT CLIPS

307

151

458

27

COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY CARLSON

273

78

351

28

PAPA JOHN'S

272

443

715

29

DUNKIN' DONUT/BASKIN-ROBBINS COMBO

256

237

493

30

PAPA MURPHY'S

254

286

540

31

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

252

304

556

32

COLDWELL BANKER

248

509

757

33

FANTASTIC SAMS

222

315

537

34

CHICK-FIL-A

215

1,261

1,476

34

SONIC DRIVE-IN

215

322

537

36

GNC

211

294

505

37

SUPERCUTS

208

150

358

38

DQ TREAT

207

873

1,080

39

JERSEY MIKE'S SUBS

198

196

394

40

ARBY'S

192

134

326

41

BASKIN-ROBBINS

191

620

811

42

PIZZA HUT

178

122

300

43

COLD STONE CREAMERY

176

410

586

44

AUNTIE ANNE'S

172

295

467

45

MIDAS

166

272

438

45

POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN

166

552

718

47

ZAXBY'S

164

30

194

48

JIFFY LUBE

147

163

310

48

KUMON

147

1,188

1,335

50

MIRACLE-EAR

143

25

168

Top 50 Brands by Percentage of Multi-Unit Franchisees

RANK

BRAND

% MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES

# MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES

# SINGLE-UNIT FRANCHISEES

TOTAL # FRANCHISEES

1

PANERA BREAD

100.00%

28

0

28

2

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES

97.60%

122

3

125

3

GATEWAY NEWSTANDS

97.26%

71

2

73

4

HISSHO SUSHI

96.95%

318

10

328

5

APPLEBEE'S

96.88%

31

1

32

6

PANCHEROS MEXICAN GRILL

96.67%

29

1

30

7

FIREHOUSE SUBS

96.11%

469

19

488

8

SAM'S HOT DOG STAND

96.00%

24

1

25

9

BOJANGLES'

94.94%

75

4

79

10

JACK IN THE BOX

91.00%

91

9

100

11

LITTLE CAESARS

90.43%

709

75

784

12

CAPTAIN D'S

90.00%

63

7

70

13

WORLD OF BEER

89.66%

26

3

29

14

BRUEGGER'S BAGELS

89.29%

25

3

28

14

PALM BEACH TAN

89.29%

25

3

28

16

THE LITTLE GYM

86.54%

135

21

156

17

MIRACLE-EAR

85.12%

143

25

168

18

ZAXBY'S

84.54%

164

30

194

19

MCDONALD'S

82.63%

2,070

435

2,505

20

JIMMY’S PIZZA

82.14%

23

5

28

20

SWEET FACTORY

82.14%

23

5

28

22

GRANDY'S

81.82%

27

6

33

23

PASSPORT HEALTH

81.40%

35

8

43

24

HERTZ

79.55%

35

9

44

25

SIMPLE SIMON'S PIZZA

78.13%

100

28

128

26

COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY CARLSON

77.78%

273

78

351

27

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

76.30%

132

41

173

28

RADISSON

76.09%

70

22

92

29

BARBERITOS

75.86%

22

7

29

29

BUDDY'S HOME FURNISHINGS

75.86%

22

7

29

31

AARON'S

75.25%

76

25

101

32

FRESHII

75.00%

39

13

52

32

RALLY'S

75.00%

24

8

32

34

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

74.55%

416

142

558

35

GODFATHER'S PIZZA

73.45%

130

47

177

36

PLANET FITNESS

72.49%

137

52

189

37

CARL'S JR.

72.32%

81

31

112

38

SUN TAN CITY

70.00%

28

12

40

39

VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE

68.75%

55

25

80

40

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE

68.66%

46

21

67

41

COST CUTTERS FAMILY HAIR SALON

68.57%

48

22

70

42

SPORT CLIPS

67.03%

307

151

458

43

HARDEE'S

66.40%

83

42

125

44

DUTCH BROS.

66.22%

49

25

74

45

PACLEASE

66.10%

39

20

59

46

DENNY'S

65.89%

141

73

214

47

PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS

65.48%

55

29

84

48

CHECKERS

64.76%

68

37

105

49

MCALISTER'S DELI

64.71%

33

18

51

50

DOMINO'S

63.92%

544

307

851

Source: FRANdata. Brands with 25 or fewer franchisees were excluded.

Published: March 8th, 2018

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