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The annual Multi-Brand 50 rankings list not only the largest multi-unit franchisees in the U.S. by number of total units, but also shows how many units of each brand they operate. See which brands these 50 largest franchise organizations prefer in their portfolios.


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Our annual Multi-Brand 50 list ranks the top U.S. franchisees with more than one brand by number of units, along with their 25 most popular brands.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Each spring, Franchise Update Media publishes its multi-brand 50 ranking of the largest U.S. franchisees that operate more than one brand.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
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Franchising is a tough business. There's competition, overhead, rising costs, changing consumer tastes, social media, and now legislative and regulatory threats to deal with--while you're busy hiring and training employees, updating your menu, remodeling your stores, and dealing with insurance, taxes, and suppliers.
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
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In the world of multi-unit franchisees, the big keep getting bigger. In our Multi-Brand 50 rankings, which we began publishing in 2008, the number of units operated by both the top 5 and top 10 franchisees has climbed steadily since 2010, following a post-recession drop-off when franchisees retreated from growth and instead focused on operational efficiency and selling or closing under-performing units.
  • Eddy Goldberg
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FRANdata has been alongside us supplying data on multi-brand franchising for 9 years now. In this issue you will find their list of the 50 largest multi-brand franchisees in the U.S., as well as a list of their 25 most popular brands.
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For many multi-unit franchisees one brand just isn't enough. They prefer to spread their risk across different brands, seeking diversity and economies of scale.
  • 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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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
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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
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