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In Brief:

Most Popular Food Franchises

  • McDonald’s
  • Kona Ice
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Most Popular Fitness Franchises 

  • OrangeTheory Fitness
  • Planet Fitness
  • Retro Fitness

Most Popular Beauty Franchises 

  • Massage Envy
  • Great Clips
  • Good Feet

Most Popular: Food Industry

The food industry is one of the biggest industries in franchising and constitutes nearly half of all franchise establishments in the US. Roughly 65 percent of all franchise employees work in a food franchise. According to data from IHS, quick service restaurants are expected to see growth in employment and boosted wages.


McDonald’s is one of the most widely recognized quick service restaurants in the world. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s franchises across the country are owned by franchisees. McDonald’s now has more than 100 locations internationally.

    Liquid Capital Required: $750,000

    Total Investment: $989,352 – $2,217,045

Kona Ice

Kona Ice has consistently received high rankings from Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top franchise opportunities. With highly satisfied franchisees, Kona Ice can have a new business owner ready to sell in less than a month.

    Liquid Capital Required: $25,000

    Total Investment: $99,800 – $109,800

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is the top barbecue restaurant franchise in America. Dickey’s franchisees benefit from multiple avenues of profit, offering catering options, dine-in options, retail, and online ordering.

        Liquid Capital Required: $100,000

                                                      Total Investment: $289,939 – $421,244

Most Popular: Fitness Industry

The US fitness franchises contribute a significant portion to the $80 billion a year global health and fitness club industry. In the US alone, the fitness industry brings in roughly $4 billion each year and employs more than 60,000 people in the country. In 2018, fitness began increasing emphasis on customized exercise and these franchises have led the way.

OrangeTheory Fitness

OrangeTheory burst onto the fitness scene, offering a unique high-intensity interval program, drawing in thousands of clients across the country. Members can enjoy a new fitness community, participate in scheduled workout classes, and experience long term calorie burn.

       Liquid Capital Required: $150,000

       Total Investment: $327,600 – $634,100

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is a gym franchise that seeks to support all gym-goers, experienced and new. Known as a “judgment-free zone,” Planet Fitness wants all of its clients to feel comfortable in the space, discouraging hard-core bodybuilders and athletes.

Liquid Capital: $1,500,000

Total Investment: $728,290 – $3,777,800

Retro Fitness LogoRetro Fitness

Retro Fitness is a fast-growing gym that offers full services and equipment at an affordable price. Services at Retro Fitness include classes, chiropractors, personal training, a smoothie bar, and group fitness.

   Liquid Capital: $300,00

                                                                   Total Investment: $944,000 – $1,592,250

Most Popular: Health and Beauty

Currently, the health and beauty industry is divided into several categories: beauty salons, diet, and weight reduction centers, barber shops, nail salons, spa services, and other personal care services. Currently, hair salons bring in the most revenue each year with $44 billion.

Massage Envy

One of the largest massage and spa franchises in the world, Massage Envy provides total body services at affordable prices. Massage Envy believes that massage practices need to become an everyday part of our health and wellness routines.

       Liquid Capital Required: $150,000

       Total Investment: $434,823-$1,030,500

Great Clips

Catering to men, women, and kids, Great Clips offers top salon services to all customers including hair cuts, shampoo and conditioning treatments, and hair styling. With a relatively low initial investment, Great Clips allows franchisees to keep their day job while building a salon business.

      Liquid Capital Required: $50,000

      Initial Investment: $160,000 – $202,000

Good Feet

Good Feet is the #1 arch support producer, creating supports for shoes of all kinds. With more than 20 different product lines, Good Feet produces products for children, adults, and senior citizens to alleviate any pain and provide the support your feet need.

Liquid Capital Required: $50,000

     Initial Investment: $39,240 – $197,025

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