The 2019 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking the Most Multi-Friendly Brands
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The 2019 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking the Most Multi-Friendly Brands

The 2019 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking the Most Multi-Friendly Brands

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 to this growing operational approach. Here are 2019's rankings of the country's largest multi-brand operators, along with the brands they've chosen.

Rank

Brand

Multi-Unit
Franchisees
Single-Unit
Franchisees
Total
Franchisees

1

SUBWAY

3,999

3,720

7,719

2

MCDONALD’S

1,984

384

2,368

3

DUNKIN’

1,023

493

1,516

4

THE UPS STORE

841

2,274

3,115

5

AFC

749

1,813

2,562

6

LITTLE CAESARS

708

84

792

7

HISSHO SUSHI

632

20

652

8

H&R BLOCK

621

744

1,365

9

LIBERTY TAX SERVICE

619

859

1,478

10

GREAT CLIPS

594

300

894

11

HEALTH MART PHARMACY

565

3,188

3,753

12

DOMINO’S PIZZA

533

259

792

13

ACE HARDWARE

531

2,536

3,067

14

FIREHOUSE SUBS

485

19

504

15

BASKIN-ROBBINS

460

779

1,239

16

BURGER KING

438

355

793

17

JIMMY JOHN’S

437

315

752

18

VISION SOURCE

436

2,194

2,630

19

DQ GRILL & CHILL

400

1,137

1,537

20

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

394

160

554

21

CENTURY 21

350

736

1,086

22

TACO BELL

343

344

687

23

ANYTIME FITNESS

330

1,663

1,993

24

SPORT CLIPS

290

119

409

25

KFC

280

421

701

26

PAPA JOHN’S

264

410

674

27

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

259

316

575

28

WENDY’S

253

143

396

29

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS

250

209

459

30

CHICK-FIL-A

248

1,408

1,656

31

SUPERCUTS

245

142

387

32

PAPA MURPHY’S

237

251

488

33

COLDWELL BANKER

221

485

706

34

FANTASTIC SAMS

210

301

511

35

GNC

197

239

436

36

SONIC DRIVE-IN

187

269

456

36

ZAXBY’S

187

13

200

38

AUNTIE ANNE’S

175

314

489

39

SMOOTHIE KING

174

224

398

40

COLD STONE CREAMERY

173

409

582

41

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

171

31

202

41

DQ TREAT

171

795

966

43

PIZZA HUT

170

120

290

44

WINGSTOP

169

120

289

45

MIDAS

166

276

442

46

ARBY’S

164

276

440

46

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER

164

112

276

48

CULVER’S

155

274

429

49

KELLER WILLIAMS

154

723

877

50

POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN

147

606

753

Top 50 Brands by Percentage of Multi-Unit Franchisees

Rank Brand % Multi-Unit
Franchisees
Multi-Unit
Franchisees
Single-Unit
Franchisees
Total
Franchisees

1

GATEWAY NEWSTANDS

100.00%

73

0

73

1

PANCHERO’S

100.00%

28

0

28

3

FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES

98.25%

112

2

114

4

HISSHO SUSHI

96.93%

632

20

652

5

PANERA BREAD

96.43%

27

1

28

6

FIREHOUSE SUBS

96.23%

485

19

504

7

CAPTAIN D’S

95.71%

67

3

70

8

SMARTSTYLE

94.90%

93

5

98

9

ZAXBY’S

93.50%

187

13

200

10

JACK IN THE BOX

92.31%

96

8

104

11

LITTLE CAESARS

89.39%

708

84

792

12

PALM BEACH TAN

89.29%

25

3

28

13

HWY 55 BURGERS SHAKES & FRIES

88.52%

54

7

61

14

MIRACLE-EAR

88.34%

144

19

163

15

FRESHII

87.69%

57

8

65

16

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER

84.65%

171

31

202

17

MCDONALD’S

83.78%

1,984

384

2,368

18

DEL’S LEMONADE

83.33%

25

5

30

19

PASSPORT HEALTH

82.93%

34

7

41

20

DUTCH BROS.

81.69%

58

13

71

21

APPLEBEE’S

80.49%

33

8

41

22

FRONTIER ADJUSTERS

77.18%

115

34

149

23

CARL’S JR.

74.38%

90

31

121

24

PLANET FITNESS

71.89%

133

52

185

25

JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE

71.12%

394

160

554

26

BOJANGLES’

71.05%

54

22

76

27

SPORT CLIPS

70.90%

290

119

409

28

GODFATHER’S PIZZA

70.86%

124

51

175

29

PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS

70.24%

59

25

84

30

VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE

69.23%

54

24

78

31

PACLEASE

68.85%

42

19

61

32

BARBERITOS

67.74%

21

10

31

33

DUNKIN’

67.48%

1,023

493

1,516

34

DOMINO’S PIZZA

67.30%

533

259

792

35

GREAT CLIPS

66.44%

594

300

894

36

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

66.42%

89

45

134

37

HARDEE’S

65.63%

84

44

128

38

COST CUTTERS FAMILY HAIR SALON

64.29%

45

25

70

39

WENDY’S

63.89%

253

143

396

40

SUPERCUTS

63.31%

245

142

387

41

ARMSTRONG MCCALL

62.50%

40

24

64

42

FREEDOM BOAT CLUB

62.22%

28

17

45

43

AVIS

61.90%

26

16

42

44

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

60.58%

83

54

137

45

RALLY’S

60.53%

23

15

38

46

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER

59.42%

164

112

276

47

RNR TIRE EXPRESS

59.26%

16

11

27

48

MICHELIN COMMERCIAL SERVICE NETWORK

59.09%

26

18

44

49

PIEOLOGY

58.82%

20

14

34

50

PIZZA HUT

58.62%

170

120

290

SOURCE: FRANdata. Brands with 25 or fewer units not included.

Published: September 6th, 2019

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