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Top 50 Brands by Number of Multi-Unit Franchisees

Top 50 Brands by Number of Multi-Unit Franchisees

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 into this growing operational approach. Here are 2021'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 ZEES

SINGLE-UNIT ZEES

GRAND TOTAL

DATA YEAR

1

SUBWAY

3,669

3,491

7,160

2019

2

MCDONALD’S

1,840

318

2,158

2019

3

THE UPS STORE

903

2,312

3,215

2019

4

AFC

841

1,904

2,745

2019

5

DUNKIN’

811

5,115

5,926

2019

6

LITTLE CAESARS

653

66

719

2019

7

HEALTH MART PHARMACY

579

3,238

3,817

2019

8

GREAT CLIPS

574

243

817

2020

9

ACE HARDWARE

571

2,479

3,050

2019

10

H&R BLOCK

554

670

1,224

2019

11

DOMINO’S PIZZA

535

228

763

2020

12

LIBERTY TAX SERVICE

484

675

1,159

2020

13

FIREHOUSE SUBS

467

15

482

2019

14

JIMMY JOHN’S

429

309

738

2019

15

VISION SOURCE

416

2,068

2,484

2019

16

DQ GRILL & CHILL

403

1,095

1,498

2019

17

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

370

151

521

2019

18

BURGER KING

369

357

726

2020

19

CENTURY 21

316

639

955

2020

19

CHICK-FIL-A

316

1,503

1,819

2019

21

TACO BELL

316

300

616

2020

22

HISSHO SUSHI

309

472

781

2019

23

JERSEY MIKE’S

295

223

518

2020

24

SUPERCUTS

287

125

412

2019

25

SPORT CLIPS

283

115

398

2019

26

ANYTIME FITNESS

266

1,591

1,857

2019

27

PAPA JOHN’S

258

370

628

2020

28

BASKIN-ROBBINS

255

1600

1,855

2019

29

MASSAGE ENVY

244

213

457

2019

30

KFC

241

352

593

2020

31

SONIC DRIVE-IN

238

173

411

2019

32

SERVPRO

237

772

1,009

2019

33

EDIBLE

227

289

516

2019

34

WENDY’S

216

114

330

2019

35

PAPA MURPHY’S

207

224

431

2019

36

COLDWELL BANKER

206

423

629

2020

37

SMOOTHIE KING

204

233

437

2019

38

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

198

40

238

2019

39

WINGSTOP

184

91

275

2019

40

FANTASTIC SAMS

183

248

431

2019

41

COLD STONE CREAMERY

174

393

567

2019

42

DQ TREAT

170

760

930

2019

43

CULVER’S

167

293

460

2020

44

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER

165

114

279

2019

45

ARBY’S

162

233

395

2019

45

POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN

162

649

811

2020

47

MIDAS

159

263

422

2019

48

MATHNASIUM

155

408

563

2020

49

CLUB PILATES

152

166

318

2019

50

PIZZA HUT

148

149

297

2020

Top 50 Brands by Percentage of Multi-Unit Franchisees

RANK

BRAND

% MULTI-UNIT ZEES

MULTI-UNIT ZEES

SINGLE-UNIT ZEES

GRAND TOTAL

DATA YEAR

1

PANCHERO’S

100.00%

26

0

26

2019

2

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES

99.02%

101

1

102

2019

3

FIREHOUSE SUBS

96.89%

467

15

482

2019

4

JACK IN THE BOX

94.23%

98

6

104

2020

5

FRESHII

94.20%

65

4

69

2019

6

CAPTAIN D’S

93.24%

69

5

74

2019

7

SMARTSTYLE

92.48%

123

10

133

2019

8

MIRACLE-EAR

91.20%

114

11

125

2020

9

LITTLE CAESARS

90.82%

653

66

719

2019

10

PALM BEACH TAN

89.29%

25

3

28

2019

11

APPLEBEE’S

87.50%

28

4

32

2020

12

MCDONALD’S

85.26%

1,840

318

2,158

2019

13

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

83.19%

198

40

238

2019

14

FRONTIER ADJUSTERS

79.23%

103

27

130

2019

15

TIDE CLEANERS

78.57%

22

6

28

2019

16

COST CUTTERS FAMILY HAIR SALON

75.00%

60

20

80

2019

16

GODFATHER’S PIZZA

75.00%

129

43

172

2019

18

CARL’S JR.

71.68%

81

32

113

2019

19

SPORT CLIPS

71.11%

283

115

398

2019

20

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

71.02%

370

151

521

2019

21

GREAT CLIPS

70.26%

574

243

817

2020

22

DOMINO’S PIZZA

70.12%

535

228

763

2020

23

SUPERCUTS

69.66%

287

125

412

2019

24

BOJANGLES’

68.18%

45

21

66

2019

25

PACLEASE

67.86%

38

18

56

2020

26

WINGSTOP

66.91%

184

91

275

2019

27

PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS

66.25%

53

27

80

2019

28

SOLA SALON STUDIOS

66.17%

88

45

133

2019

29

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

65.94%

91

47

138

2020

30

ROSATI’S CHICAGO PIZZA

65.79%

25

13

38

2019

31

BARBERITOS

65.71%

23

12

35

2019

32

PLAYA BOWLS

65.52%

19

10

29

2019

33

WENDY’S

65.45%

216

114

330

2019

34

FREEDOM BOAT CLUB

65.31%

32

17

49

2019

35

MICHELIN COMMERCIAL SERVICE NETWORK

65.00%

26

14

40

2019

36

SUN TAN CITY

64.10%

25

14

39

2019

37

HARDEE’S

63.71%

79

45

124

2019

38

BUDGET

61.90%

26

16

42

2019

38

RALLY’S

61.90%

26

16

42

2020

40

RENT-A-CENTER

61.54%

16

10

26

2019

41

HOMESMART

60.38%

32

21

53

2019

42

THE GOOD FEET STORE

60.00%

18

12

30

2019

43

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER

59.14%

165

114

279

2019

44

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP

58.70%

27

19

46

2019

45

JIMMY JOHN’S

58.13%

429

309

738

2019

46

SONIC DRIVE-IN

57.91%

238

173

411

2019

47

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE

57.02%

69

52

121

2020

48

JERSEY MIKE’S

56.95%

295

223

518

2020

49

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

56.74%

80

61

141

2019

50

STRETCH ZONE

56.25%

18

14

32

2019

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

Published: October 2nd, 2021

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