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Find current information on the largest multi-unit franchisee enterprises in the country. These lists and rankings reveal how many units they have, their favorite brands, and which regions of the U.S. have the most franchised businesses.

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I found a fascinating website while trolling around the Internet recently.
  • Marsha Friedman
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Domination is the battle plan. In this issue we once again take a look at franchisees intent on being the big boy, leading the pack, or simply, market domination - and where they do it.
  • Kerry Pipes
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A second round of results from the recent Empathica 2013 Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Benchmark Study have been released.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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A new survey that asked consumers to weigh in on food, order accuracy, speed of service, menu, and other items at the top 62 QSR brands found that, not surprisingly, the likelihood of a return visit to a QSR increases from 20 to 81 percent when guests report a higher satisfaction rate.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Franchising is big. And so are some of its franchisees. Just take a look at our "Mega 99" list (page 54) and you'll see what we mean!
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Some multi-unit franchisees take it to the limit. They're not content with one or two or even a handful of units.
  • Kerry Pipes
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One brand, two brands, three brands, more. When it comes to growth and expansion, that's exactly what many multi-unit operators have in mind.
  • Kerry Pipes
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We are always on the lookout for big franchisees, the kind who don't run a half dozen units but dozens of units.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Each year we work with FRANdata to compile a list of the country’s largest multi-unit franchisee organizations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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One common thread linking this year's group of multi-unit dominators is how none planned a career in franchising.
  • Eddy Goldberg
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It's been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. You'll notice that most of the same brands have returned to this year's Multi-Unit 50 lists.
  • Paul Wilbur
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Multi-unit franchisees dominate today's marketplace, controlling more total units than their single-unit counterparts--and an increasing number are operating multiple brands.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,265 Reads 21 Shares
Multi-unit franchising is one thing. Multi-concept franchising is something else entirely. Nevertheless, it's a place--and a choice--that many franchisees love, and where they excel. These determined operators look for growth opportunities and potential across several concepts, sometimes in wildly different sectors. The multi-concept franchising model offers power in numbers (units, brands, territory, and income potential), as well as the security of spreading their risk across different concepts in a diversified portfolio.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,225 Reads 86 Shares
There are some big franchisees out there, mega franchisees, in fact! We know because each year we rank them by number of units and brands in our "Mega 99" list. Beyond these black-and-white numbers--which are especially impressive since many began working part-time in low-level positions, or started with a single unit--are their stories of passion, creativity, long hours, and sheer will and determination to succeed. Multi-unit franchisees have many stories to tell, and their journeys to where they are today are filled with ups and downs.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Franchise Update Media Group (FUMG), the leading industry resource for franchise development, today announced that the search is on for the nation's largest multi-unit franchisees, to be included in the 2011 "MEGA 99" lists. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.
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It was only a few years ago that, for the first time, multi-unit franchisees controlled more units than single-unit operators did. That moment marked a shift that had been building for decades as franchising matured into today's world of dominant multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees--along with multi-brand franchisors offering several brands from under one roof. To paraphrase the old car slogan, "This is not your father's franchising." Or perhaps we should say, "not your mom-and-pop's." Franchising has grown up and it looks a lot like multi.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
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Readers of Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine have resoundingly told us how they look forward to our annual rankings lists. So once again, working with research ally FRANdata, we've gathered the data, crunched the numbers, and formulated our annual "MU50" lists.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
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Multi-unit and multi-brand operations are where the action is today in franchising. Whether the economy stalls, falls, or climbs, an increasing number of multi-unit franchisees are not content with just one unit--and many are not content with just one brand. Multi-concept franchising offers power in numbers--units, brands, territory, and income--as well as the security gained by spreading the risk across different brands in a franchisee company's portfolio.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 3,497 Reads 10 Shares
Each year at Franchise Update we survey franchisees across the U.S., toting up their brands, units, and locations, and ranking them by size for our annual "Mega 99" list. And, since not all franchises are created equal in terms of initial investment and ongoing support, we also compiled a second list, ranking the largest franchisees by industry. Numbers are important, of course, but they don't tell the story of the struggles, false starts, and failed endeavors each successful multi-unit operator has overcome in building their organization. Many have spent decades building their companies, brand after brand, unit after unit.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Franchise Update Media Group (FUMG), the leading industry resource for franchise development, today announced that submissions for the 2010 Multi-Unit Franchisee "Top 99" lists are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 20, 2009.
  • Press Release
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To be the best at what you do. To be the best in your market, your industry, your niche. To take your passion and build a business that excels in every way. To build teams, train managers, and win the loyalty of customers. To gain recognition and win awards from your franchisors. And to provide for your family and build a life--and a business you can pass on to your children. All these goals and more are what drive multi-unit franchisees to dominate. In our annual "Dominators" issue, we feature six operators what drives them. Here's a "sneak preview."
  • Eddy Goldberg
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Everybody loves lists. Whether it's a year-end "best of" list in the entertainment world or a list of business-performance rankings, we see them everywhere. Lists give us insight and a benchmark for all kinds of comparisons. Readers continue to tell us that the lists found in the pages of Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine each issue are informative--and sometimes provocative--and provide a perspective that often allows for self-assessment and operational adjustments.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 8,367 Reads 22 Shares
We called on our friends at FRANdata to "run the data" to help shed light on this growing trend. For a second year, they've provided us with a list of the top 50 multi-unit, multi-brand franchisees in the country. Restaurant operators continue to dominate, with some of the most popular brands including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, Subway, Hardee's, A&W, Taco Bell, and Popeyes.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine
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Originally printed in Area Developer Magazines Issue II 2008, the 2008 Top 100 Power Zees examines the top 100 most successful franchisees by the number of units they operate.
  • Area Developer Magazine
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Originally printed in Area Developer Issue I 2008, the 2008 Mega 99 rankings highlight the Top 99 Multi-Unit Operates broken down by brands operated and by industry.
  • Area Developer Magazine
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An industry analyst digging into reams of franchise industry data would find that about half of all franchisees across the country are busy operating more than one unit -- and often, more than one brand. It's a phenomenon that has changed the face of the franchise industry over the last decade. And though there hasn't been much significant change in percentages so far in 2008, it's likely to remain a strong and growing trend.
  • Kerry Pipes
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Becoming a "Mega Franchisee" is a high-risk, high-reward endeavor. For a third year, Area Developer has measured and highlighted those franchisees bold enough, smart enough - and fortunate enough - to succeed in the rapidly growing and lucrative market of multiunit and multi-concept development.
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,925 Reads 2 Shares
Originally published in Area Developer Issue III, 2007, The AD 50 highlights the largest multi-unit franchise companies who support multi-unit franchising.
  • Area Developer Magazine
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Originally printed in Area Developer Issue I 2007, the 2007 Mega 99 rankings highlight the Top 99 Multi-Unit Operates broken down by brands operated and by industry.
  • Area Developer Magazine
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Subway continues to sizzle as one of the hottest franchises going. For the 15th time in the last 20 years, Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 rankings have listed Subway as the number-one franchise opportunity. For perspective, when the chain was first named to the list in 1988, it had about 4,000 locations. Today, the chain operates 27,732 shops in 86 countries (as of June 2007).
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,063 Reads 3 Shares
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