If you’re one of those who likes things to move fast, who wants a new challenge all of the time, then maybe a fast-growing franchise is for you. Our Fastest-Growing Franchises ranking is based on the number of new franchise units added in the US and Canada from July 2011 to July 2012, as verified by Entrepreneur ‘s Franchise 500®.
In 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Peter Buck opened Pete’s Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With a loan from Buck for only $1,000, DeLuca hoped the tiny sandwich shop would earn enough to put him through college. After struggling through the first few years, the founders changed the company’s name to Subway and began franchising in 1974. Offering a fresh, healthy alternative to fast-food restaurants, Subway has franchises throughout the United States and in 98 countries, with locations in traditional and nontraditional sites alike.
2.Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.
About Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. Inc.
Jacques Lapointe founded Jan-Pro in Providence, Rhode Island in 1991. Jan-Pro began franchising the following year, offering both master and single-unit franchises, and has since grown to over 10,000 units throughout the United States and Canada.
Jan-Pro franchisees offer commercial cleaning services to businesses such as car dealerships, gyms, banks, churches, schools and offices. The company’s “Cleaning Greener" initiative emphasizes the use of cleaning products that require fewer chemicals to clean more.
About 7-Eleven Inc.
7-Eleven’s origins date back to 1927, when an employee of the Southland Ice Company in Dallas, Texas, began selling milk, bread and eggs in addition to the ice blocks. That employee, Joe C. Thompson, eventually bought the Southland Ice Company, turned it into the Southland Corporation, and began opening convenience stores. The first stores went by the name Tote’m, since customers “toted" away their purchases, but in 1946, when the stores’ hours were extended–from 7 am to 11 pm–they got a new name.
Although 7-Eleven stores are now open 24 hours a day, the name stuck. Today, 7-Eleven Inc. has over 30,000 stores across the US and around the world.
4.Vanguard Cleaning Systems
About Vanguard Cleaning Systems
Vanguard Cleaning Systems was founded in 1984 and began franchising the same year. The private company is based in San Mateo, California. Its franchisees serve more than 10,000 commercial cleaning accounts. Vanguard offers a master franchise program for experienced businesspeople and a unit franchise program for beginning entrepreneurs.
5.Liberty Tax Service
About Liberty Tax Service
In 1997, John Hewitt, founder of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, acquired a tax company that had been franchising in Canada since 1973. The company changed its name to Liberty Tax Service and now offers franchises throughout the United States and Canada.
WO Giles started Chester’s in 1952, and though he started out frying doughnuts with his patented fryers, it was fried chicken that became the focus of his business. His son, Ted Giles, is the current CEO of the company, which began franchising in 2004, after previously following a licensing business model. Chester’s has locations in college campuses, airports, convenience stores, truck stops and supermarkets.
About Jazzercise Inc.
While teaching traditional jazz dance classes in Evanston, Illinois, in 1969, Judi Sheppard Missett turned her students away from the mirrors and started a “just for fun" class that incorporated dance moves to provide aerobic exercise. After moving to Southern California, she started training other instructors in the Jazzercise program in 1977. Six years later, the company began franchising. Now Jazzercise’s CEO, she continues to teach weekly Jazzercise classes and choreograph new dance routines. Based in Carlsbad, California, Jazzercise’s instructors teach its total-body conditioning program to almost half a million participants each year in the United States and more than 30 other countries. Jazzercise instructors are trained and certified before becoming franchised.
8.Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops
About Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops
James J. Liautaud founded Jimmy John’s in Charleston, Illinois, in 1983 when he was 19 years old. With used equipment, a refrigerator, one meat slicer, a freezer and an oven, Jimmy John Liautaud started his business without even a posted menu or an outdoor sign. At the time, he offered four sandwich varieties and 25-cent soft drinks. After passing out sandwich samples throughout the college town, Liautuad added delivery service, tables, outdoor signs, menu boards and an expanded menu. He opened several more stores and developed a prototype before franchising began in 1993. Jimmy John’s franchisees bake bread at each store every day, and every sandwich is made fresh to order in 30 seconds.
About Dunkin’ Donuts
In 1946, Bill Rosenberg founded Industrial Luncheon Services, a company that delivered meals and snacks to workers in the Boston area. The success of Industrial Luncheon Services convinced Rosenberg to start The Open Kettle, a doughnut shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. Two years later, The Open Kettle changed its name to Dunkin’ Donuts.
Today, Dunkin’ Donuts stores can be found in over 32 countries, and they serve 70 varieties of doughnuts, along with hot and cold coffee drinks, bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts parent company, Dunkin’ Brands Inc., also franchises Baskin-Robbins, and the two concepts are sometimes co-branded.
10.Anago Cleaning Systems
About Anago Cleaning Systems
David Povlitz first began offering cleaning services to commercial customers under the Anago name in 1989. The company, which began franchising in 1991, offers its services to customers throughout the United States. Franchises provide regularly scheduled office cleanings as well as periodic maintenance, such as carpet shampooing and window powerwashing.