Top 5 Franchises in the World
Opening a franchise can be one of the most important decisions in any entrepreneur’s life. Entrepreneur recently compiled a list of the top franchises in the world. Franchises with at least five international locations were evaluated by their 2015 Franchise 500® score for this ranking. The score was, “based on objective, quantifiable criteria including system size, growth and financial strength and stability-then adjusted to give extra weight to international size and growth.”
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The world’s biggest franchise is neither McDonalds or KFC. 7-Eleven, is the world’s largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores with more than 60,000 outlets surpassing the previous record-holder, McDonald’s Corporation.
Subway is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world with over 50,000 restaurants in 101 countries and territories. It is the largest single-brand restaurant chain and the largest restaurant operator globally.
Pizza Hut began with two brothers, Frank and Dan Carney, borrowing $600 from their mom to start a pizzeria in Wichita, Kansas. The first Pizza Hut opened its doors in 1958. The first franchised location opened in 1960 in Topeka, Kansas. Today, Pizza Hut has locations throughout the world serving pizza, pasta and wings. Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC and Taco Bell.
In 1930, Harland Sanders opened Sanders Court & Cafe in the front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. Colonel Sanders began franchising in 1952 and awarded the first franchise to Pete Harman in Salt Lake City, Utah. His recipe is still a secret, but billions of Colonel Sanders’ chicken dinners are served annually in more than 80 countries. KFC is now part of Yum! Brands, which also includes A&W Restaurants, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.