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    Subway #1 Franchise as Ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine

  • Industry News February 18, 2005

    The results are in and these fast-food restaurants are believed to be the top franchises in the industry:

    Ranked #1—Subway

    Ranked #3—The Quizno’s Franchise Co.

    Ranked #4—Sonic Drive-In Restaurants

    Ranked #9—Dunkin’ Donuts

    **7-Eleven Inc. ranked #8

    Other top players in the top 50 include: KFC Corp., McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza LLC, Taco Bell Corp., Dairy Queen, Baskin-Robbins USA Co., Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, Arby’s, and Papa Murphy’s.

    According to the magazine, “We consider numerous factors in our ranking, some of which are weighed more heavily than others. The most important ones include financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size of the system. We also consider the number of years in business and length of time franchising, start-up costs, litigation, percentage of terminations, and whether the company provides financing. Financial data was audited by an independent CPA firm. Every company with verifiable data receives a cumulative score. The franchises with the highest “cumes” become the Franchise 500®. These factors are objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style, because these are judgments only you can make based on your own needs and experiences. All companies, regardless of size, are judged by the same criteria.”

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