The top 10 franchises of 2014

The results of Entrepreneur's 35th annual Franchise 500 confirm that franchising continues to rebound, with these top 10 franchises leading the way.

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Feb 20, 2014 7:50PM
avatar order to own a 7-11 franchise it seems the only people who own, run & staff them are Indians.  My friend looked into opening a 7-11 a few years ago and he had the money & experience but they turned him down and he was willing to put one up anyplace they said.  He got the "thanks for your interest speech but nothing ever came of it."  Meanwhile they are popping up as we speak & run by Indians....go figure.
Feb 26, 2014 4:16AM
this is a bull$hit list. the headline reads "The Top 10 franchises of 2014" ... if I'm not mistaken we're not even two months into 2014 so how does anyone know the top anything of 2014 yet??
Feb 26, 2014 6:50AM
I go to any pizza joint beside Pizza Hut.  I wonder why they stay in business.
Feb 26, 2014 11:08AM

Had a pizza at Pizza Hut with the family.

A few left-over pieces and I was picking the mushrooms out from under the cheese.

There was a cigarette filter under the cheese!

I brought the filter to the staff when I paid the bill.

Their comment was "Well we didn't put it there!"

Most certainly it was from the help as we don't smoke.


Wasn't trying for a free pizza and nothing was offered.

That was 35 years ago! I've eaten many pizza's but none were from Pizza Hut.

Feb 26, 2014 11:56AM
Too many subways put too close together. Subway will discount your sandwiches at thier whim (Febuany and Subtember) $5.00 footlong and 2.00 meatball and cold cut combo customer appreciation months. Thats 3 months a year your practically giving away sandwiches . Thats not including 5 dollar footlong of the month, 3.00 6 inch sandwich of the month, and the $5.00 sandwich combo of the day/3.00 sandwich of the day. In summer they discount the fountain drinks to $1.00. With food prices soaring, leases increasing and the possibility of a minnimun wage hike, it looks like Subway cares little about its franchisees other than thier sucker beasts of burden who bought into  this scam
Feb 26, 2014 11:54AM
I'm interested in opening a Pet Rock Franchise......
Feb 26, 2014 9:59AM
this place just keeps gettn worse!!
Feb 26, 2014 9:53AM
total sales pitch for these indvidaul bussineses!! complete bs!!
Feb 26, 2014 12:56PM

As to Pizza Hut, I live in Englewood, NJ and the Pizza Hut that services our area S U C K S!

They have drivers that can's find an address if you took them by the hand and walked them to the house.  Pizza Hut now calls their medium size pizzas large and twice I have gotten a pizza where the crust is horribly shaped. I had so many complaints against this location that they gave me a $20 credit so I decided to try them one more time. The pizza came cold and 2 toppings were missing. I personally took the pizza back and asked to trade it for the 22 pcs wings and I swear they are catching the birds in my back yard for their wings. PIZZA HUT IN NJ IT IS OVER!

Mar 5, 2014 8:59PM
Whoever compiled this list has obviously not looked at Subway's same store sales over the past few years, and most recently the last 6 months (down across the board) or franchisee happiness (a recent article in a New York area newspaper talked about how unhappy the Subway franchisee community is with new store over development, but also heavy discounting-backed by corp-that is causing a lot of franchisees to see lower profitability).  Subway not only is over-developing, causing new stores to pull sales and customers away from existing stores (which is a big reason same store sales are down in Subway world), but they have a brutal franchise agreement (which basically strips the franchisee of any and all rights).  Please speak to a Subway franchisee before you or anyone you know purchases into this franchise (and DO NOT trust the local Development Agents, who sign contracts that require them to open so many stores in a certain period of time-needed or not-or face heavy financial penalties).  I'm in the banking industry and have a customer who is a Subway franchisee; I've seen what this customer has gone through over the past three or four years (in fact, most of the banks in our area will not lend to Subway because of the aggressive development and declining sales).  As my customer predicts, like Starbucks and McDonald's, Subway's over development will come back to bite them (some say it's already starting). 
Feb 26, 2014 9:54AM
Thumbs down for Subway and Pizza Hut. 5 stars for Hampton Inn and breakfast...!
Mar 6, 2014 7:30AM
You have to laugh at these idiots who write these articles.  A few months ago, Denny's, Duncan and 7-11's were on the ropes. MSN money= no credibility.
Feb 26, 2014 12:24PM
Hampton Inns aren't all alike.  Just check and it will give you reviews of any hotel/motels around.  Most are pretty nice.   As for the Hut, their specs for cheese and sauce have gone downhill.  Found that in a lot of Pizza Huts in the past so we don't go there.  7-11's?  Usually the stores are dirty including the bathrooms.  Why can the Indians get the okay to have a store while us Americans, whatever the race, can't buy into a store?  Is that called Racism at its best?  Why 7-11 is one of the top 10, I'll never know.
Feb 26, 2014 1:13PM
yea, lets all go out buy one of these franchises. Anybody here who doesn't have 300k to 4 mil in there account.  I didn't think so. Hell lets buy 3 or 4. . 
Feb 21, 2014 1:05AM
I agree with a lot of these. All 7 Elevens in Oklahoma are owned by one company so that is the only experience I had with them. They had pretty good fuel and prices and actually some of the best coffee around... if they could keep the pots and creamers full. Dunkin Donuts is good and they have good coffee. I don't eat donuts very often so it's not a big deal for me unless I am on the road.  I like Subway too. I don't eat out often but do like a couple of their sandwiches.  They are good on the road too. Pizza Hut is a got to for pizza. About once or twice a year I get an urge for stuffed crust pizza so their I go.  Since I don't eat out much these aren't a big deal but they are pretty consistent. The others franchises listed I have never used but can see them as pretty good quality. If they are around long enough there may be a time I will use them.
Feb 26, 2014 11:45AM

I agree with raymagnumx. Not only are the 7-11 being ranned by Indians the Indian Bastards are cheap.  When they took over a 7-11 on Roosevelt Rd in Chicago where I used to go every morning to get my coffee before they took over, they started diluting the coffee and the hot chocolate, they shrunk the size of the sandwiches and the store did not look as clean as it had prior to the change. I now live in NJ and upon paying a visit back to Chicago I drove past that location and not to my surprise they were closed down.  Chicago don't play when it comes to their food. LOL

Feb 26, 2014 10:49AM
Interesting that Pizza Hut is so highly rated.  Especially when it is almost impossible to find anything other than delivery in southern, CA. I can't think of a dine in Pizza Hut in all of San Diego county anyway.
Mar 6, 2014 7:12AM
Pizza Hut? What a joke, I doubt you can find a Pizza Hut here in Ct and if you did you couldn't eat the "pizza" it's so bad
Mar 6, 2014 12:21PM
Pizza Hut has terrible customer service and lousy.
Mar 5, 2014 10:10PM
Most of the comments also missed the erroneous information it takes to open one of these franchises.  Sorry but you need a million liquid for a DD.  GO TO THERE WEBSITE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.  Also, one of the comments is spot on about Subway (and most any franchise).  Subway controls the supply chain, thereby controlling the cost to the Franchisee.  So all those $5 foot longs are a losing proposition for the franchisee.  This is what got Quiznos into so much trouble..they kept raising the prices on their supply side and would not let their franchisees compensate by charging more for their in effect they squeezed the their own profits.  I'm sure their explanation was to tell the franchisees to upsell and do more volume......dumb article as usual by msn without any research.
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