Special Report

Hottest Businesses to Franchise in America

Samuel Stebbins
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10. Supercuts
> U.S. franchise growth 2014-2019: +86.8%
> Total 2019 global locations: 2,883
> Est. franchise startup cost: $151,000 – $321,000
> Product: Haircuts

Supercuts is the only franchise hair salon business to rank on this list. Over the last five years, the number of U.S. Supercuts locations climbed by 86.8% — from 1,268 locations to 2,369. Supercuts has grown even more rapidly abroad. Over the same time period, the number of international Supercuts franchise locations climbed from only 19 to 140, a 637% increase.

As the company expands its franchise reach, it is trimming its number of company-owned stores. The number of non-franchise Supercuts locations fell from 1,140 in 2014 to just 374 in 2019, a 67.2% decline.

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9. Mathnasium Learning Centers
> U.S. franchise growth 2014-2019: +91.9%
> Total 2019 global locations: 1,047
> Est. franchise startup cost: $113,000 – $149,000
> Product: Math tutoring

As math proficiency rates continue to trend downward in American schools, many parents may be more inclined to turn to tutoring to ensure their children are mastering critical material. This may help explain why Mathnasium Learning Centers, a math tutoring service for students in grades K-12, ranks among the fastest growing franchises in the United States. The number of Mathnasium U.S. franchises has nearly doubled in the past five years. The company has also added more than 40 franchise locations overseas.

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8. Pure Barre
> U.S. franchise growth 2014-2019: +101.6%
> Total 2019 global locations: 524
> Est. franchise startup cost: $199,000 – $446,000
> Product: Personal fitness

Pure Barre is one of several personal fitness franchises to rank on this list. Barre is a type of workout based on the use of a ballet barre, and it has exploded in popularity in recent years, particularly among women. The workout uses small movements for stretches and strength training designed to sculpt and shape the body.

As the fitness routine has gained popularity, so has the largest barre specific gym franchise. After more than doubling its U.S. footprint in the last five years, Pure Barre now has over 500 locations across the United States and Canada.

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7. Planet Fitness
> U.S. franchise growth 2014-2019: +101.6%
> Total 2019 global locations: 1,859
> Est. franchise startup cost: $1.1M – $4.2M
> Product: Personal fitness

Planet Fitness is a gym that derives revenue from membership fees. Planet Fitness was founded in 1992 and did not begin franchising until 2003 — a year when there were only five locations. Today, there are 1,859 Planet Fitness locations worldwide.

Planet Fitness is one of several personal fitness businesses to more than double its U.S. franchise footprint in the last five years. Due to all the equipment necessary to run a gym, starting a Planet Fitness costs a minimum of $1.1 million.

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6. HomeVestors of America Inc.
> U.S. franchise growth 2014-2019: +102.6%
> Total 2019 global locations: 1,102
> Est. franchise startup cost: $56,000 – $426,000
> Product: Real estate services

HomeVestors is a real estate investing company. The company is recognized by many for its billboards that state “We Buy Ugly Houses.” The company’s business model is to buy distressed homes — far quicker than homeowners would normally be able to sell them — remarket and resell them. Growing rapidly, the franchise has expanded its footprint in each of the last five years and more than doubled its total presence since 2014. HomeVestors is exclusively operated by franchisees in the United States.