Hottest Businesses to Franchise in America

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25. Smoothie King
> 5-yr. franchise growth: 41.6%
> U.S. franchises: 536 (2012), 759 (2017)
> Est. startup cost: $226k – $778k
> Franchising since: 1988
> Industry: Food

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24. Anytime Fitness
> 5-yr. franchise growth: 42.5%
> U.S. franchises: 1,620 (2012), 2,308 (2017)
> Est. startup cost: $89k – $678k
> Franchising since: 2002
> Industry: Health & fitness

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23. Hardee’s
> 5-yr. franchise growth: 42.5%
> U.S. franchises: 1,227 (2012), 1,749 (2017)
> Est. startup cost: $1.4 million – $1.9 million
> Franchising since: 1962
> Industry: Food

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22. Moe’s Southwest Grill
> 5-yr. franchise growth: 45.8%
> U.S. franchises: 463 (2012), 675 (2017)
> Est. startup cost: $369k – $956k
> Franchising since: 2001
> Industry: Food

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21. Carl’s Jr.
> 5-yr. franchise growth: 56.3%
> U.S. franchises: 696 (2012), 1,088 (2017)
> Est. startup cost: $1.4 million – $2 million
> Franchising since: 1984
> Industry: Food