Bond's Top 50 Retail Franchises
As the pre-eminent publisher of 9 books on franchising, Source Book Publications is constantly asked "What are the best franchises?" Given that there are over 2,300 active North American franchise systems, there clearly is no simple answer. This is especially true given the individual needs, experience and financial wherewithal of the widely-divergent pool of prospective franchisees.
To at least partially answer the question, however, our staff has broken the franchising industry into four major segments - food-service, service-based, retail and new (under 45 units) franchises. Within each group, a rigorous, in-depth analysis was performed on literally hundreds of proven franchise systems to arrive at what we feel at the top 50 franchises. Companies were evaluated on the basis of historical performance, brand identification, market dynamics, franchisee satisfaction, the level of initial training and on-going support, financial stability and various other key factors.
The end result of evaluating over 400 retail franchises is Bond's Top 50 Retail Franchises. Many of the companies selected are household names (7-Eleven, Athlete's Foot, GNC, Merle Norman, RadioShack Select). Others are rapidly growing, mid-sized firms (Aaron's, Big O Tires, Candy Bouquet, Star Mart that are also strong national players. Still others are smaller systems that demonstrate sound concepts, exceptional management and an aggressive expansion system (Budget Blinds, CD Warehouse, FastFrame, Stained Glass Overlay) Unlike other publications that tout the "Best Franchises," there was absolutely no favoritism (usually a function of advertising dollars paid to the publisher) shown to any franchise during the selection process.
There is a detailed profile of each company, as well as a 4-page analysis that covers the following subjects: Summary, History, Brand Identity, Investment Required (Start-Up), On-Going Expense, Initial Training, On-Going Support and Territory.
About the Author
Robert Bond is the leading authority on the exceedingly complex franchise selection process. His previous publications on franchising include Bond's Franchise Guide (15 Editions), "How Much Can I Make?" (4 Editions), Franchise Opportunities Handbook (prepared for the U.S. Department of Commerce), Franchising: The Bottom Line, Bond's Top 100 Franchises, the Top 50 Franchise Series, Minority Franchise Guide (2 Editions) and the International Herald Tribune International Franchise Guide (2 Editions). Several other industry-related publications are in process. Since receiving his MBA from Stanford University, Bond has over 30 years of diversified business experience and an extraordinary record of achievements. He has spent much of the past 19 years focusing on the franchising industry. As an author, lecturer and consultant, he is regarded as one of the industry's most knowledgeable and widely quoted spokesmen.