U.S. Retail Industry Companies on 2009 Franchise 500 and Franchise Top 200 Lists

Each year the U.S. retail industry is well represented on the annual “Fortune 500” list published by Fortune Magazine. Since all of the companies on that prestigious ranking are publicly traded, however, most of the world’s largest franchise chains are not included.

Entrepreneur Magazine first compiled its “Franchise 500” list in 1980. At that time, there were 9.1 million small businesses in the U.S., and of those, 500,000 were franchises. Within 25 years, franchises were a major component in the globalization of the retail industry, and franchises employed approximately 11 million people, and produced more than $800 billion worth of goods and services.

Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” list is compiled based on a formula that the publication chooses not to disclose, (a strategy that is patterned after #14 KFC’s “secret recipe”). Franchise Times, however, compiles its own annual “Top 200 Franchise Chains” list which it openly discloses is based on worldwide sales.

Below is list of the retail companies that have earned rankings on the last version of both the Entrepreneur and Franchise Times “top” lists. This combined list is divided by category and arranged according to the ranking each company was assigned by the “Franchise 500” list first, and the “Top 200 Franchise List” second. An alphabetically sorted list begins on page four.

RESTAURANTS:
Subway
#1 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#6 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

McDonald’s
#2 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#1 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Sonic
#4 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#25 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Pizza Hut
#7 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#7 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Papa John’s
#10 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#47 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Baskin-Robbins USA Co.
#13 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#70 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

KFC Corp.
#14 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#3 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Dairy Queen
#16 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#37 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Arby’s
#18 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#28 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Taco Bell Corp.
#20 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#15 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Denny’s Inc.
#25 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#43 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Hardee’s
#26 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Long John Silver’s Restaurants, Inc.
#32 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#84 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Dunkin’ Donuts
#36 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Domino’s Pizza LLC
#41 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#18 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Cold Stone Creamery
#46 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#116 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Quiznos Sub
#50 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Papa Murphy’s
#51 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#117 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops
#53 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#142 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Carl’s Jr. Restaurants
#62 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#68 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Smoothie King
#67 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Auntie Anne’s Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
#73 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#162 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Chester’s Int’l.
#74 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Rita’s Italian Ice
#76 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Hot Stuff Foods LLC
#81 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Buffalo Wild Wings
#87 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
#89 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#92 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Firehouse Subs
#90 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

CiCi’s Pizza
#91 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#106 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs
#93 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#175 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Qdoba Mexican Grill
#94 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#151 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Wingstop Restaurants Inc.
#97 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#199 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Pretzelmaker/Pretzel Time
#99 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Moe’s Southwest Grill
#113 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#169 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Cinnabon
#114 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#181 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Ben & Jerry’s
#120 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.
#125 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#62 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Charley’s Grilled Subs
#132 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

McAlister’s Deli
#136 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#163 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

El Pollo Loco
#150 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#104 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Taco John’s Int’l. Inc.
#152 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#170 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Pizza Pit, Inc.
#157 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc.
#158 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#108 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Nathan’s Famous Inc.
#166 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Jersey Mike’s Subs
#168 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Robeks Fruit Smoothies & Health Eats
#172 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Dippin’ Dots Franchising
#175 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Tropical Smoothie Café
#176 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Schlotzsky’s
#181 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#186 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Friendly’s Restaurants
#182 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#95 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Lenny’s Sub Shop
#183 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Juice It Up!
#189 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

RESTAURANT FRANCHISES, (contined):

Beef O’Brady’s
#190 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Extreme Pita
#192 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

A&W Restaurants Inc.
#199 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#165 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.
#203 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#196 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Taco Time
#204 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Penn Station East Coast Subs
#206 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Fox’s Pizza Den
#208 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Yogen Fruz
#213 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Famous Dave’s
#216 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#135 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

The Haagen-Dazs Shoppe Co., Inc.
#223 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Wetzel’s Pretzels
#228 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Nestle Toll House Café by Chip
#232 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Surf City Squeeze
#234 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

RedBrick Pizza
#235 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Marco’s Franchising LLC
#236 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Marble Slab Creamery Inc.
#244 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Nrgize Lifestyle Café
#255 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
#256 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Great American Cookie Company Franchising LLC
#257 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches
#258 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Saladworks
#272 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
#279 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Great Harvest Franchising Inc.
#290 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

The Great Steak & Potato Co.
#296 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

The Pizza Ranch
#305 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Bruegger’s
#306 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Z Pizza
#317 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Wing Zone Entrepreneur Franchise Corp.
#329 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Boston Pizza Restaurants LP
#338 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Planet Smoothie
#339 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Scooter’s Coffeehouse
#340 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

MagieMoo’s Int’l. LLC
#342 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Blimpie
#348 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#174 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Pizza Factory Inc.
#351 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Culver Franchising System, Inc.
#355 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Daily Grind Unwind Coffee House & Café
#360 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Dunn Bros Coffee
#367 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Big Apple Bagels
#369 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Donatos Pizza
#372 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Figaro’s Pizza
#372 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Ledo Pizza System Inc.
#378 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Buffalo Wings and Rings
#379 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

The Human Bean Drive Thru
#380 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Gatti’s Piza
#382 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

The Steak Escape
#384 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Mellow Mushroom
#385 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Salad Creations Inc.
#388 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Spicy Pickle
#395 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Farmer Boys
#396 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Port of Subs
#397 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Famous Famiglia
#401 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina
#411 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Cefiore
#417 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Pacuigo Italian Gelato
#418 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Western Sizzlin
#421 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#197 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Blendz Entrepreneur Franchise System Inc.
#423 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Genghis Grill
#442 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Mixstirs
#450 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Froots
#451 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Repicci’s Italian Ice
#454 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub & Restaurant
#455 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Native New Yorker
#457 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
#458 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Ziiing Frozen Yogurt
#460 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Russo’s New York Pizzeria
#462 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Bar-B-Cutie
#463 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Philly Pretzel Factory
#480 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Wings Over…
#490 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
#500 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#81 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Burger King
#4 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Wendy’s
#9 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Tim Horton’s
#17 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Dunkin’ Donuts
#19 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Applebee’s
#20 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Chili’s Grill & Bar
#21 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

T.G.I. Friday’s
#33 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Jack in the Box
#34 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Chick-fil-A
#36 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Panera Bread
#43 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

IHOP Restaurants
#44 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Quizno’s
#48 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Ruby Tuesday
#54 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Hardee’s
#56 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Popeyes
#60 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Whataburger
#73 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Red Robin
#74 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Church’s Chicken
#75 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
#78 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Hooters Restaurants
#79 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Krispy Kreme
#86 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

RESTAURANT FRANCHISES, (contined):

Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza
#92 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Sbarro the Italian Eatery
#90 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Big Boy
#99 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Culver’s Frozen Custard & Butterburgers
#103 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Zaxby’s
#107 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Del Taco
#111 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
#112 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Sizzler Restaurants
#115 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen
#119 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Uno Chicago Grill
#123 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Round Table Pizza
#131 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Jamba Juice
#148 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Jason’s Deli
#136 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Krystal Company
#141 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Village Inn
#143 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Pollo Campero
#149 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Fuddruckers
#153 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Tony Roma’s
#156 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Marie Callendar’s Restaurants
#157 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Johnny Rockets
#172 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Houlihan’s
#179 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

El Chico Café
#188 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Huddle House
#190 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Max & Erma’s Restaurants
#192 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Old Chicago
#195 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Peter Piper Pizza
#198 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

AUTOMOTIVE:

J.D. Byrider
#352 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#102 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Rim Tyme
#424 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

CONVENIENCE STORES:

Circle K
#9 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#8 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

7-Eleven Inc.
#30 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#2 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

ampm Mini Market
#35 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#29 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

DIRECT SELLING:

Snap-on Tools
#37 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Matco Tools
#39 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#120 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Cartridge World
#133 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

RETAIL STORES:

Ace Hardware
#6 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#5 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

GNC Franchising
#23 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#53 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Merle Norman Cosmetics
#34 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Edible Arrangements Int’l., Inc.
#40 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Batteries Plus
#122 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Big O Tires LLC
#134 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#184 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Gateway Cigar Sotre / Newstands
#146 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Plato’s Closet
#151 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

The Athlete’s Foot
#153 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#145 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
#162 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Play It Again Sports
#177 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#183 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Once Upon A Child
#197 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

DirectBuy Inc.
#209 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Wild Birds Unlimited
#239 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Glamour Secrets
#254 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Learning Express
#261 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Kilwin’s Chocolates Entrepreneur Franchise
#266 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Relax The Back Corp.
#267 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Slumberland Franchising Inc.
#278 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#151 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

RNR Custom Wheels & Tires
#282 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Petland
#292- Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking
#189 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

ColorTyme
#298 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

HobbyTown USA
#302 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.
#326 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Cookies By Design / Cookie Bouquet
#328 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Play N Trade Entrepreneur Franchise Inc.
#345 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition
#394 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Educational Outfitters
#430 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Kid to Kid
#433 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Foot Solutions Inc.
#456 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

The Original Basket Boutique
#464 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Clothes Mentor
#470 – Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranking

Blockbuster
#13 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Radio Shack
#20 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership
#49 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

1-800-Flowers
#82 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Pet Supplies Plus
#134 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

Budget Blinds
#177 – Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Chains

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