The 2009 Franchise 500

Mark Marich

Entrepreneur magazine’s 2009 Franchise 500 has just been released. Subway takes the top spot in 2009, topping 2008’s top franchise: 7-Eleven. Subway, which operates more than 30,000 restaurants in 87 countries, has long dominated the Franchise 500 list. It has held the top spot for eight of the past ten years. Other franchises in the top five include (in rank order): McDonald’s, Liberty Tax Service, Sonic Drive In, and Intercontinental Hotels Group.

Another part of the Franchise 500 list, the top twenty-five fastest-growing franchises, gives an interesting look at “what’s hot” in the marketplace. This year, it must be commercial cleaning as Jan-Pro Franchising International tops the fastest growing franchise list. Others in the top five (in rank order) are: Subway, Instant Tax Service, Stratus Building Solutions (cleaning), and Snap Fitness.

The 2009 Franchise 500 also appears in Entrepreneur’s January 2009 issue.

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