The Hottest Franchise Categories of 2020

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Get to know 347 franchises in trend-topping industries that will continue to boom next year (and likely beyond).

November 18, 2019 15+ min read

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Here at Entrepreneur, we’ve been covering the franchise industry for more than 40 years — and making predictions about it for just as long. Way back in March 1980, our very first Franchise 500 issue included a story titled “Franchising: Ready for the Eighties,” which sought to offer “an incisive look at trends to watch in the Eighties… and predict the shape of franchising to come.” Now we continue the tradition set by that article with our annual list looking at the franchise categories we expect to do best in the year ahead.

If you can find a copy of that 1980 article, you’ll see some similarities between its predictions and ours. In 1980, we dubbed Mexican food “the brightest star in the fast-food heaven.” Now that the category has expanded beyond fast food to fast-casual and full-service franchises, we think it has even more potential. The 1980 story touted “tremendous growth in limited-item snack shops,” though it pointed to cookies and ice cream as examples, while we see potential in healthier snacks like acai bowls and juices today. And then there’s this: “We expect recreation and leisure time activities to be a fertile area for franchising in the 1980s.” We feel the same way about the 2020s… though the big recreation trend we went on to predict back then — disco roller rinks — is, sadly, nowhere to be found on our list today. We’ve also got childcare on our list this year, and back then we said, “Babysitting and childcare services is another [area] where the timing is right, considering the tremendous inflUX of working mothers and single-parent families in our society.”

Of course, while some trends last for decades — or come and go and come again — not all of them last. In the 1980s, we also expounded on the “incredible potential of video stores.” It’s a good warning to take even the hottest trends with a grain of salt. And with that in mind, please remember that this list of franchises in trending categories is not intended as a recommendation of any particular franchise. Always do your homework before you invest by reading the company’s legal documents, consulting with an attorney and an accountant, and talking to existing and former franchisees.

Beauty/Grooming

From haircare to hair removal, facials to pedicures, services that help people look and feel their best continue to be a winning formula in the franchise world. And while many of these services traditionally targeted women, franchises aimed at men and children are proving that their appeal is universal.

Amazing Lash Studio

Eyelash-extension salons

Startup Cost

$224.7K – $482.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Clovr Life Spa

Spa services

Startup Cost

$410.3K – $764.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Deka Lash

Eyelash extensions

Startup Cost

$179.3K – $426.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Diesel Barbershop

Haircare and grooming services

Startup Cost

$273K – $391K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Drybar

Haircare

Startup Cost

$639.2K – $1.4M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Elements Massage

Therapeutic massage services

Startup Cost

$225.4K – $374.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

European Wax Center

Body waxing services, skin and beauty products

Startup Cost

$359.7K – $564.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Flirty Girl Lash Studio

Eyelash extensions and brow services

Startup Cost

$249.5K – $322.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop

Haircuts, hair coloring, shaves, retail products

Startup Cost

$294K – $642K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fuzz Wax Bar

Body waxing

Startup Cost

$307.6K – $542.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Great Clips

Hair salons

Startup Cost

$136.9K – $259.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Hammer & Nails

Men’s barbering and grooming services

Startup Cost

$269.7K – $549.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Herbal Nail Bar

Nail salons

Startup Cost

$233.1K – $292.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Idolize Brows & Beauty

Threading, lash and brow services, body waxing, facials

Startup Cost

$86.4K – $251.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

J’adore

Eyebrow microblading, scalp micropigmentation, semi-permanent makeup, aesthetics

Startup Cost

$81.9K – $201.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

LashBar

Eyelash extensions and beauty services

Startup Cost

$174.2K – $277.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Lashes By Ann

Eyelash extension studios

Startup Cost

$170.5K – $229.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Lay Bare Waxing Salon

Sugaring, eyebrow threading, body facials

Startup Cost

$140.1K – $241.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Lume

Eyelash, eyebrow, beauty, and facial care studios

Startup Cost

$88.9K – $174.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

LunchboxWax

Body waxing

Startup Cost

$340.9K – $469.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Massage Envy

Massage therapy, stretch therapy, skin care, facials

Startup Cost

$481.4K – $898.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Massage Heights

Therapeutic massage, facials

Startup Cost

$374K – $484.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

MassageLuXe

Therapeutic massage, facials, waxing

Startup Cost

$443K – $558.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

MudbuM Facial Bar

Facials, skin-care products

Startup Cost

$88K – $161K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Nikita Hair

Hair salons

Startup Cost

$162.3K – $268.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Palm Beach Tan

Tanning

Startup Cost

$489.3K – $802.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Children’s hair salons

Startup Cost

$98.3K – $229.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pure Glow

Organic spray tanning

Startup Cost

$138.4K – $293.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Salons by JC

Salon suites

Startup Cost

$722.9K – $1.4M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Scissors & Scotch

Men’s grooming services, lounge and bar

Startup Cost

$411.7K – $661.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Seva Beauty

Eyebrow shaping, eyelash extensions, facials, tinting, makeup, spa services and products

Startup Cost

$80.1K – $237.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Spavia Day Spa

Massage, skin care, eyelash extensions, beauty and spa services

Startup Cost

$317.2K – $739.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sport Clips

Men’s sports-themed hair salons

Startup Cost

$224.8K – $373.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sugaring NYC

Sugaring hair removal

Startup Cost

$118.7K – $200.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sugarmoon Salon

Sugaring hair removal, beauty services

Startup Cost

$119K – $274K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Supercuts

Hair salons

Startup Cost

$151.4K – $321K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Woodhouse Spas

Spa services and treatments; bath, body, and wellness products

Startup Cost

$654.2K – $836K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Touch n Glow

Beauty services

Startup Cost

$21.4K – $141.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Waxing The City

Facial and body waxing

Startup Cost

$127.7K – $410.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Whip Salon

Beauty salons

Startup Cost

$188.5K – $361.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Breakfast

It’s long been called the most important meal of the day, but it wasn’t always the most popular. We’ve seen that change in recent years, and franchises are capitalizing on it. In addition to coffee and pastry shops, a number of new breakfast-focused restaurant concepts have popped up to offer heartier options.

Aroma Joe’s Coffee

Specialty coffee

Startup Cost

$256.5K – $702K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Biggby Coffee

Specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods

Startup Cost

$186.9K – $369.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Daily Jam

Breakfast and lunch

Startup Cost

$501.5K – $1.2M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Doughnuttery

Mini doughnuts

Startup Cost

$175.4K – $321.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Dunkin’

Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

Startup Cost

$395.5K – $1.6M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Dunn Brothers Coffee

Specialty coffee, tea, baked goods, sandwiches, soups, salads

Startup Cost

$385.2K – $609.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Eggs Up Grill

Breakfast, brunch, and lunch restaurants

Startup Cost

$462.3K – $653.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Ellianos Coffee Company

Specialty coffee and smoothies

Startup Cost

$275.3K – $398.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Grumpy’s Restaurant

Breakfast and lunch restaurants

Startup Cost

$375.9K – $675.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans

Coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches, salads

Startup Cost

$188.3K – $578K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Randy’s Donuts

Doughnuts and beverages

Startup Cost

$369.3K – $526K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Scooter’s Coffee

Coffee, smoothies, pastries, breakfast

Startup Cost

$331K – $638K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Shipley Do-Nuts

Doughnuts, kolaches, pastries, coffee

Startup Cost

$410K – $771.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Coffee Beanery

Coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads

Startup Cost

$185K – $472.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Donut Experiment

Doughnuts and coffee

Startup Cost

$274K – $323.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Southern food and breakfast

Startup Cost

$442.5K – $737K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Xpresso Delight

Office coffee service

Startup Cost

$84.5K – $107K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Child Care

The demand for childcare continues to grow, and franchises are rising up to meet it. Established brands are experiencing strong, steady growth–impressive in an industry where startup costs can climb into the millions. And their success seems to be attracting a number of newer brands to the franchise model as well.

Adventure Kids Playcare

Childcare/entertainment centers

Startup Cost

$344.3K – $589K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Building Kidz School

Preschool/educational childcare

Startup Cost

$215K – $656K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Celebree School

Early childhood education and childcare

Startup Cost

$525.5K – $684K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Genius Kids

Preschool, daycare, public-speaking enrichment programs

Startup Cost

$239.9K – $619.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Giggles Drop-In Childcare

Drop-in childcare, afterschool programs, summer camps

Startup Cost

$334K – $762.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Goddard Systems Inc.

Preschool/educational childcare

Startup Cost

$653.8K – $814.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Ivy Kids Systems

Childcare and early learning

Startup Cost

$2.6M – $5.6M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Ivybrook Academy

Preschool

Startup Cost

$310.7K – $440.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Kiddie Academy

Educational childcare

Startup Cost

$425K – $4.2M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

KidsPark

Hourly childcare and preschool

Startup Cost

$258.8K – $472.95K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

KLA Schools

Preschool/childcare

Startup Cost

$475K – $2.1M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

LeafSpring Schools

Educational childcare/preschool

Startup Cost

$3.7M – $6.8M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Lightbridge Academy

Childcare/early learning

Startup Cost

$549.2K – $5.1M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Muse Global

Early childhood education

Startup Cost

$432.1K – $2.2M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Tierra Encantada

Spanish immersion daycare and preschool

Startup Cost

$591.3K – $1.1M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Entertainment/Recreation

Recreational activities have proven to be a fertile field for franchising, especially in recent years. Paint-and-sip and DIY studios are still particularly popular, along with family entertainment centers, but this year’s surprise new trend is ax throwing, with four new franchises joining the fray.

AR Workshop

DIY workshops

Startup Cost

$62.9K – $116.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Axe Monkeys

Indoor axe-throwing ranges

Startup Cost

$189.4K – $266.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Blue Ox Axe Throwing

Indoor axe throwing

Startup Cost

$94.4K – $174.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video, and photo-booth services

Startup Cost

$31.95K – $87.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Cruise Planners

Travel agencies

Startup Cost

$2.3K – $23.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Ctrl V Inc.

Virtual reality arcades

Startup Cost

$142.9K – $233.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

DivaDance

Adult dance classes and parties

Startup Cost

$36.8K – $51.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Dream Vacations

Travel agencies

Startup Cost

$1.8K – $20.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Escapology LLC

Escape rooms

Startup Cost

$144K – $681K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Freedom Boat Club

Membership boat clubs

Startup Cost

$149.2K – $458.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Funtopia

Wall-climbing and family entertainment facilities

Startup Cost

$685.2K – $2M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

GameTruck

Mobile video-game theaters

Startup Cost

$156.6K – $342.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

HaliMac Inc.

Axe throwing

Startup Cost

$130.97K – $213.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Launch Franchising LLC

Family entertainment centers

Startup Cost

$1.1M – $2.8M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Painting with a Twist

Paint-and-sip studios

Startup Cost

$118.5K – $285.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Paniq Room

Escape rooms

Startup Cost

$200K – $350K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pinot’s Palette

Paint-and-sip studios

Startup Cost

$96.8K – $246.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pinspiration

DIY studios

Startup Cost

$98.5K – $184.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Safari Nation

Indoor bounce houses and playgrounds

Startup Cost

$255.5K – $746.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

SailTime

Membership boat clubs

Startup Cost

$81.7K – $159.95K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sky Zone

Trampoline playing courts

Startup Cost

$1.3M – $2.8M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Stumpy’s Hatchet House

Hatchet-throwing venues

Startup Cost

$260.5K – $383.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Rustic Brush

DIY studios

Startup Cost

$63.3K – $94.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Urban Air Adventure Park

Trampoline parks/entertainment centers

Startup Cost

$2.3M – $2.96M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Wine & Design

Paint-and-sip studios

Startup Cost

$69.95K – $221.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fitness Businesses

Fitness is one of the fastest-growing categories, both in terms of number of concepts and number of units. Despite how competitive the industry is, it’s not unusual to see some franchisors open hundreds of units a year. Newer brands seek to compete by offering specialized workouts, like aerial fitness, rowing, and barre.

30 Minute Hit

Kickboxing circuit-training programs for women

Startup Cost

$100.6K – $165.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

9Round

Kickboxing fitness circuit-training centers

Startup Cost

$99.7K – $143.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Air Aerial Fitness

Aerial fitness training

Startup Cost

$86K – $176K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

AKT Franchise

Fitness studios

Startup Cost

$332.5K – $499.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Alkalign Studios

Group fitness classes, streaming fitness classes, nutrition coaching

Startup Cost

$173.3K – $521K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Amazing Athletes

Educational sports programs

Startup Cost

$30.7K – $61.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Anytime Fitness

Fitness centers

Startup Cost

$76.7K – $521.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Athletic Republic

Sports performance training

Startup Cost

$236K – $482K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Baby Boot Camp

Prenatal and postpartum fitness and nutrition

Startup Cost

$6.1K – $10.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Big Blue Swim School

Swimming lessons for ages newborn to 10

Startup Cost

$1.8M – $3.7M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Blink Fitness

Health and fitness centers

Startup Cost

$606.8K – $2.1M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Bodytek Fitness

Gyms

Startup Cost

$249.6K – $384.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

British Swim School USA

Swimming lessons for ages 3 months and older

Startup Cost

$91.3K – $150.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Brooklyn Fitboxing USA

Boxing and kickboxing group fitness programs

Startup Cost

$150K – $261.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Burn Boot Camp

Women’s fitness centers

Startup Cost

$148.8K – $353.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Children First Sports

Physical education programs

Startup Cost

$39.4K – $46K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

CityRow Franchise

Rowing and strength training

Startup Cost

$199.6K – $311.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

CKO Kickboxing

Kickboxing fitness classes

Startup Cost

$117.8K – $383.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Club Pilates Franchise

Reformer Pilates classes

Startup Cost

$167.97K – $280.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Crunch Franchise

Fitness centers

Startup Cost

$255.5K – $2.3M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

CycleBar

Indoor cycling classes

Startup Cost

$319.2K – $497.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

D-BAT Academies Inc.

Indoor baseball and softball training, batting cages, merchandise

Startup Cost

$398K – $699.98K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Eat the Frog Fitness

Fitness studios

Startup Cost

$522K – $706.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

EverybodyFights

Fitness facilities

Startup Cost

$85.5K – $1.9M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

F45 Training

Fitness studios

Startup Cost

$227K – $312K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Indoor fitness boot camps

Startup Cost

$151.1K – $213.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fit4Mom

Prenatal and postpartum fitness and wellness programs

Startup Cost

$6.9K – $26.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fitness Together

Personal training

Startup Cost

$143.6K – $258.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Gold’s Gym

Health and fitness centers

Startup Cost

$2.2M – $5M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

GYMGUYZ

Mobile personal training

Startup Cost

$56.1K – $121.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Hard Exercise Works

Boot camp fitness programs

Startup Cost

$126.3K – $476.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Honor Yoga

Yoga and meditation classes

Startup Cost

$199.97K – $299.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps, and clinics

Startup Cost

$59.9K – $69.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Jabz Franchising LLC

Boxing studios for women

Startup Cost

$147.2K – $242.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Jazzercise Inc.

Group fitness classes, conventions, apparel, and accessories

Startup Cost

$2.4K – $17.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Just You Fitness

Personal training

Startup Cost

$16K – $29.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Kidokinetics

Mobile children’s physical education programs

Startup Cost

$42.9K – $57K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Kidz On The Go

Mobile children’s fitness programs

Startup Cost

$100K – $125K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Kinderdance Int’l. Inc.

Children’s dance, gymnastics, fitness, and yoga programs

Startup Cost

$18.1K – $46.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Last Real Gym

Gyms

Startup Cost

$412.6K – $797.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Legends Boxing

Boxing fitness programs

Startup Cost

$289.5K – $524.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Little Land Play Gym

Indoor play facilities and pediatric therapy

Startup Cost

$225.5K – $498.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

MyFitness Butler

Mobile personal training

Startup Cost

$56.6K – $84K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Orangetheory Fitness

Group personal training

Startup Cost

$575.4K – $1.5M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Overtime Franchise

Youth sports programs

Startup Cost

$32.7K – $56.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Parisi Speed School

Youth sports performance training

Startup Cost

$13.3K – $155.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Physique 57

Barre fitness classes

Startup Cost

$272K – $603.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

PickUp USA Fitness

Basketball-focused fitness clubs

Startup Cost

$402.3K – $999.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Planet Fitness

Fitness clubs

Startup Cost

$1.1M – $4.2M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pure Barre

Barre fitness classes and apparel

Startup Cost

$198.7K – $446.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pure Physique

Fitness and wellness centers

Startup Cost

$125.1K – $184.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Regymen Fitness

Fitness studios

Startup Cost

$402K – $865K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Retro Fitness

Health clubs

Startup Cost

$944.3K – $1.6M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Row House Franchise

Indoor rowing classes

Startup Cost

$257.7K – $400.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

SafeSplash/SwimLabs/Swimtastic

Child and adult swimming lessons, parties, summer camps

Startup Cost

$44.5K – $1.8M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sasquatch Strength

Group functional training

Startup Cost

$67.3K – $175.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Self Made Training Facility

Private personal training and supplement sales

Startup Cost

$263.98K – $725.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Snap Fitness Inc.

24-hour fitness centers

Startup Cost

$153.98K – $529.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sportball

Sports programs for ages 16 months to 12 years

Startup Cost

$50.2K – $68.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

StretchLab Franchise

Assisted stretching classes and related therapy services

Startup Cost

$169.3K – $248.1K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Stride Franchise

Fitness studios

Startup Cost

$233.9K – $493K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sudore Wellness

Group interval training

Startup Cost

$230K – $437.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Tapout Fitness

Fitness and martial arts

Startup Cost

$139.7K – $695.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

TGA Premier Sports

Youth sports programs

Startup Cost

$18.8K – $68.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Barre Code

Barre fitness classes

Startup Cost

$198.5K – $418.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Exercise Coach

Personal training

Startup Cost

$106.1K – $298.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Little Gym Int’l.

Child-development/fitness programs

Startup Cost

$181.5K – $431.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Max Challenge

10-week fitness and nutrition programs

Startup Cost

$150.8K – $349.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Title Boxing Club

Boxing and kickboxing fitness classes, personal training, apparel

Startup Cost

$160.5K – $519.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Tough Mudder Bootcamp

High intensity interval training studios

Startup Cost

$377.7K – $560K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

TruFusion

Group fitness studios

Startup Cost

$1.5M – $3.6M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Tutu School

Children’s ballet schools

Startup Cost

$73.7K – $135.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

UFC Gym

Boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, high-intensity interval training, and group fitness classes

Startup Cost

$199K – $4.2M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Workout Anytime 24/7

24-hour health clubs

Startup Cost

$555.5K – $996.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

YogaSix

Yoga classes

Startup Cost

$283.3K – $452.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Health

Franchises offering health products and services have always formed a fairly small but growing corner of the franchise world. In recent years, though, the face of this category has changed from largely traditional health services to more alternative offerings, such as acupuncture, cryotherapy, IV therapy, and cannabis.

100% Chiropractic

Chiropractic services, massage therapy, nutritional supplements

Startup Cost

$116K – $629.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

101 Mobility

Mobility and accessibility equipment sales and services

Startup Cost

$118.3K – $216.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

4ever Young

Preventative health, wellness, and aesthetic services

Startup Cost

$237.9K – $398.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Discover CBD

Hemp-derived CBD products

Startup Cost

$89.3K – $170.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Franny’s Franchising

CBD products and accessories

Startup Cost

$138.1K – $252.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers

Physical therapy, balance and vestibular therapy, preventive wellness services

Startup Cost

$148.8K – $819K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Arch supports, related products

Startup Cost

$123.8K – $229.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

GreenLight Mobility

Home modifications for the disabled and aging

Startup Cost

$85.6K – $123.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

HealthSource Chiropractic

Chiropractic, rehabilitation, massage, nutrition, and wellness services

Startup Cost

$58.5K – $383.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

iCryo

Cryotherapy, wellness, and pain management services

Startup Cost

$239.4K – $591.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Lice Clinics of America

Lice-treatment services and products

Startup Cost

$68K – $104.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Miracle-Ear Inc.

Hearing aids

Startup Cost

$119K – $352.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Mobility City Holdings

Wheelchair and mobility scooter repair, cleaning, rentals, and sales

Startup Cost

$121.2K – $233.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Mobility Plus

Mobility scooters, ramps, stair lifts

Startup Cost

$97.8K – $149.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Modern Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Startup Cost

$255.4K – $663.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

My Eyelab

Eye care and eyewear

Startup Cost

$407.5K – $585.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

One Cannabis

Retail cannabis dispensaries

Startup Cost

$325.3K – $1.1M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pearle Vision

Eye care and eyewear

Startup Cost

$77.7K – $620.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Perspire Sauna Studio

Infrared sauna studios

Startup Cost

$240.3K – $399.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Profile by Sanford

Weight-loss and wellness services

Startup Cost

$445K – $699.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Startup Cost

$219.7K – $391.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Structural Elements

Orthopedic wellness clinics

Startup Cost

$266.7K – $458.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Hydration Room

Vitamin IV and injection therapy

Startup Cost

$92.6K – $166.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Joint Corp.

Chiropractic services

Startup Cost

$182.7K – $368.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Salt Suite

Salt therapy

Startup Cost

$187.7K – $307.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Titan Medical Center

Medical rejuvenation therapy and weight-loss centers

Startup Cost

$160.2K – $229.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Transcend Hospice

Hospice agencies

Startup Cost

$77.2K – $114.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Juices/Acai Bowls

Consumers seeking healthier, fresher fast-food options have driven the strong growth of juice and smoothie franchises. Many have also added acai bowls to their menus, and the popularity of this item can be seen in the fact that a number of new franchisors make it the centerpiece of their concepts.

Bahia Bowls

Acai and pitaya bowls, smoothies, coffee, kombucha

Startup Cost

$178.8K – $249.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Clean Juice

Organic juices, smoothies, acai bowls

Startup Cost

$259K – $502.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Deezfruta

Juices and smoothies

Startup Cost

$99.9K – $135.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Jamba

Smoothies, juices, bowls, healthful snacks

Startup Cost

$273.6K – $504.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Juice It Up!

Raw and cold-pressed juices, smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, healthful snacks

Startup Cost

$214.4K – $377.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Main Squeeze Juice Co.

Smoothies, cold-pressed juices, acai bowls, coffee drinks

Startup Cost

$300K – $595K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Nekter Juice Bar Inc.

Juices, smoothies, acai bowls, non-dairy ice cream

Startup Cost

$254.5K – $466.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Planet Smoothie

Smoothies and snacks

Startup Cost

$77.7K – $327.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Smoothie King

Smoothies, healthful snacks, health products

Startup Cost

$263.6K – $844.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

SoBol

Acai bowls

Startup Cost

$187.2K – $390K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Sweetberry Bowls

Acai bowls, smoothies, salads, wraps

Startup Cost

$123.7K – $257.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Smoothies, salads, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads

Startup Cost

$246.5K – $580.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Tru Bowl Superfood Bar

Acai bowls, juices, healthful food

Startup Cost

$132.7K – $186.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Vitality Bowls

Acai bowls, smoothies, juices, paninis, salads

Startup Cost

$170.1K – $604K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Mexican Food

In franchising, the Mexican food category is less saturated than burgers, pizza, or sandwiches, but the cuisine itself has only gained in popularity among American diners, making the industry ripe for growth. And the versatility of Mexican food means there’s a wide variety of concepts, from fast food to Tex-Mex to more traditional fare.

Baja Fresh

Mexican food

Startup Cost

$229.2K – $994.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Bubbakoo’s Burritos

Mexican food

Startup Cost

$131.5K – $398K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

California Tortilla

Mexican food

Startup Cost

$402.4K – $697K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Baja-style Mexican food

Startup Cost

$858.5K – $1.3M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Go Burrito

Burritos and beer

Startup Cost

$435K – $962K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Mexican food

Startup Cost

$754K – $1.6M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Rusty Taco

Tacos

Startup Cost

$529.8K – $796.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Taco Bell

Mexican food

Startup Cost

$525.5K – $2.96M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pets

There’s no denying the attraction of a franchise that involves working with cute animals all day. And making life easier for pet owners can be financially rewarding as well. Spending on pets increases year after year, with an estimated $75 billion spent by Americans in 2019, according to the American Pet Products Association

Ark Pet Spa & Hotel

Pet boarding, daycare, grooming, and products

Startup Cost

$438.8K – $1.8M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Aussie Pet Mobile Inc.

Mobile pet grooming

Startup Cost

$151.2K – $159.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Ben’s Barketplace

Pet health-food stores

Startup Cost

$178.6K – $350.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Camp Bow Wow

Dog daycare, boarding, training, grooming; in-home pet care

Startup Cost

$751K – $1.5M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Camp Run-A-Mutt

Dog daycare and boarding

Startup Cost

$264.1K – $589.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Central Bark

Dog daycare

Startup Cost

$421.3K – $586.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Dee-O-Gee

Pet supplies and services

Startup Cost

$157.1K – $555K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Dogtopia

Dog daycare, boarding, and spa services

Startup Cost

$757.3K – $1.6M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

EarthWise Pet

Pet food and supplies, grooming, self-wash, training, and walking

Startup Cost

$230.5K – $565.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

easyvetclinic

Walk-in veterinary clinics

Startup Cost

$159K – $288K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Fetch! Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Startup Cost

$19.97K – $28.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Hounds Town USA

Dog daycare, pet boarding, pet grooming

Startup Cost

$263.8K – $422.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Husse

Pet-product delivery

Startup Cost

$21K – $107.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Jemelli

Dog-food delivery

Startup Cost

$34.3K – $43.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Mutts Canine Cantina

Dog parks with bars and grills

Startup Cost

$957.2K – $1.4M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Paws Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Startup Cost

$29.6K – $72.5K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pet Door USA

Pet door sales and installation

Startup Cost

$22.95K – $27.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pet Passages

Pet funeral and cremation services and products

Startup Cost

$40.5K – $385K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pet Supplies Plus

Retail pet supplies and services

Startup Cost

$440.6K – $1.3M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Pet Wants

Natural pet-food stores/delivery

Startup Cost

$59.8K – $202K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Startup Cost

$290.5K – $1.1M

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Preppy Pet

Pet daycare, boarding, grooming

Startup Cost

$105.95K – $258.2K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Salty Paws

Dog ice cream shops

Startup Cost

$99.3K – $175.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Scenthound

Dog grooming

Startup Cost

$206.4K – $378.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Dog Stop

Dog care services and products

Startup Cost

$259.5K – $675.3K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

The Healthy Animal

Health food for dogs and cats

Startup Cost

$101.7K – $177.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Wild Birds Unlimited

Bird-feeding supplies and nature gift items

Startup Cost

$150.8K – $260.99K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Zoom Room

Indoor dog training and socialization, pet products

Startup Cost

$147.1K – $300.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Restoration Services

What’s hot in franchising isn’t always about what’s new or glamorous; often it has more to do with what has staying power. The restoration category, with its recession-proof reputation and steady growth, is a prime example. Disasters will always happen– and there will always be a need for someone to clean up after them.

1-800 Water Damage

Restoration

Startup Cost

$132.1K – $206.7K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

1-800-Packouts

Building contents packing, cleaning, storage, and restoration

Startup Cost

$69.5K – $234K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

911 Restoration

Residential and commercial property restoration

Startup Cost

$70.1K – $226.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

AdvantaClean

Restoration

Startup Cost

$113.1K – $244.95K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

DKI

Property restoration

Startup Cost

$22.1K – $94.8K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Duraclean

Carpet and upholstery cleaning, disaster restoration, mold remediation

Startup Cost

$79.6K – $129.9K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

PuroClean

Property damage restoration and remediation

Startup Cost

$72.8K – $192.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Restoration 1

Water, fire, smoke, and mold restoration

Startup Cost

$79.1K – $183.4K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Servpro

Fire, water, and other damage cleanup and restoration

Startup Cost

$160.1K – $213.95K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

Steamatic Inc.

Insurance/disaster restoration, cleaning, mold remediation, air quality control

Startup Cost

$114.4K – $195.6K

Total Units (Franchised / Company-Owned)

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