Hottest Businesses to Franchise in America

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5. Kona Ice
> U.S. franchise growth 2013-2018: +128.7% (451 to 1,045)
> Total 2018 global locations: 1,066
> Est. franchise startup cost: $125k – $148k
> Product: Shaved ice

Kona Ice, a snow cone truck business, is a relatively new franchise — it began franchising in 2007. Today, Kona already has over 1,000 trucks, and several locations are so popular that they reportedly bring in over $1 million in annual sales.

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4. Marco’s Pizza
> U.S. franchise growth 2013-2018: +134.8% (376 to 883)
> Total 2018 global locations: 905
> Est. franchise startup cost: $290k – $763k
> Product: Restaurant

Though its growth has slowed somewhat over the past several years, Marco’s Pizza is the fastest growing restaurant franchising opportunity in the United States. The pizza place has hundreds of locations across the nation. It has had steady growth, adding roughly 100 new franchised locations during each of the past five years.

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3. HomeVestors of America Inc.
> U.S. franchise growth 2013-2018: +149.4% (393 to 980)
> Total 2018 global locations: 980
> Est. franchise startup cost: $53k – $421k
> Product: Realty

As you may have guessed from its name, HomeVestors of America Inc. has no franchises outside of the United States. It also has no corporately owned locations, meaning all 980 locations are independently run franchises. The total number of franchises opened has increased each year since 2014.

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2. 9Round
> U.S. franchise growth 2013-2018: +541.9% (86 to 552)
> Total 2018 global locations: 715
> Est. franchise startup cost: $92k – $133k
> Product: Fitness

9Round, a kickboxing-inspired fitness training center, offers 30-minute workout programs for its clients. Opened in 2009, 9Round has experienced explosive growth since its founding. There were 552 U.S. franchise locations as of 2018, more than six times as many as there were five years previous. It is also taking off overseas. In 2017, there were 86 foreign locations. In 2018, there were over 150.

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1. Orangetheory Fitness
> U.S. franchise growth 2013-2018: +2435.3% (34 to 862)
> Total 2018 global locations: 1,000
> Est. franchise startup cost: $564k – $999k
> Product: Fitness

No American franchise business has had anywhere near the growth rate of Orangetheory Fitness. The gym first started franchising in 2010, and it had just 34 locations in 2013. After that, Orangetheory grew exponentially. In 2014, there were 100 franchises, then more than 300 in 2015. It now has 1,000 worldwide locations. The company is continuing to expand its footprint with pop-up gyms inside hotels.