Best for Vets: Franchises 2011

Best for Vets: Franchises 2011

Military Times EDGE invited franchise brands that met three criteria to participate in the "Best for Vets: Franchises" feature by sending their most recent Franchise Disclosure Document to the franchise research firm FRANdata and answering a survey about their veteran incentives. Those companies:

With data from the FDDs of participating brands, we eliminated franchises whose total number of franchised units had decreased in the previous two years.

We evaluated the veteran incentives of the remaining brands by comparing the offered savings to the initial investment costs to see where they went the furthest. We then deducted points for any restrictions on the offer and added points for how many years the incentive has been given.

The "good, better, best" categories on the chart reflect our evaluation of the strength of the veteran incentive only. Franchise brands are arranged alphabetically within those categories.

Data on units, growth, continuity, investment and royalty is from latest available Franchise Disclosure Documents. Veteran information was reported by franchisers.

Click on the (+) for more information about each franchise.

Brand
Franchised units
3-year growth
Continuity
Initial Investment
Royalty
BEST
American Poolplayers Association (+)
296
5%
97%
$17k–$20k
20% of weekly team fees or $2.50 per team
Coverall (+)
5,513
9%
92%
$6k–$36k
5% of monthly gross sales
FETCH! Friendly Neighborhood Pet Care (+)
205
42%
95%
$23k–$37k
5% of monthly gross sales
Handyman Matters (+)
124
4%
92%
$57k–$115k
6% of monthly gross revenue
Mr. Appliance (+)
138
10%
82%
$40k–$91k
4-7% of gross weekly sales
Mr. Electric (+)
140
1%
84%
$71k–$169k
5-7% of gross weekly sales; minimum license fees vary from greater of 3% of gross sales or $100-$800 payments
Mr. Rooter (+)
255
16%
89%
$55k–$151k
5-7% of gross weekly sales; minimum license fees vary from greater of 3% of gross sales or $100-$1,400 payments
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits (+)
1,539
1%
97%
$354k–$442k
5% of weekly gross sales.
Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning (+)
206
24%
89%
$156k–$189k
4-7% of weekly gross sales
Roni Deutch Tax Center (+)
72
350%
87%
$27k–$100k
13.5% of monthly gross receipts
The Grout Doctor (+)
58
9%
82%
$22k–$29k
6-9% of monthly gross sales
BETTER
ACFN (+)
112
29%
100%
$51k–$91k
7.5% of gross sales
Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists (+)
116
15%
88%
$108k–$231k
5% of gross revenues on repairs
Always Best Care Senior Services (+)
58
241%
100%
$50k–$91k
6% of monthly gross revenue
American Leak Detection (+)
137
2%
100%
$83k–$234k
6-10% of gross volume
BrightStar Healthcare (+)
141
422%
97%
$91k–$156k
4-7% of annual revenue
ComForcare Senior Services (+)
129
39%
93%
$80k–$115k
3-5% of gross sales; minimum of $250 per two- week billng period after 9 months
Comfort Keepers (+)
559
6%
95%
$57k–$79k
3-5% of gross sales; minimum of $300 per month
Five Star Painting (+)
64
60%
96%
$40k–$87k
2-5% of monthly gross revenue
Grease Monkey (+)
245
5%
99%
$193k–$347k
5% of monthly gross revenue
Great Harvest Bread Co. (+)
193
4%
98%
$90k–$705k
4-7% of monthly gross sales
Maaco Auto Painting & Bodyworks (+)
434
3%
96%
$342k–$386k
9% of weekly gross receipts
Maidpro (+)
113
16%
97%
$19k–$38k
3.5-6.5%; based on monthly gross sales
Marco's Pizza (+)
166
48%
97%
$174k–$369k
5.5% of net sales, up to a maximum of 6%
Max Muscle (+)
141
4%
89%
$138k–$292k
6% of gross monthly revenue
Padgett Business Services (+)
299
7%
91%
$98k–$98k
9% of monthly gross receipts
Pizza Patron (+)
87
36%
100%
$199k–$274k
5% of weekly gross sales
Puroclean (+)
291
63%
53%
$69k–$95k
8-10% of monthly gross receipts
Right at Home (+)
206
35%
94%
$64k–$100k
5% of weekly gross billings
Rita's Water Ice (+)
560
15%
93%
$193k–$491k
6.5% of weekly gross sales
Sport Clips (+)
650
30%
97%
$153k–$277k
6% of weekly gross sales
The Maids Home Services (+)
1,054
3%
95%
$107k–$157k
3.9-6.9% of gross revenue
Two Men And A Truck (+)
178
11%
96%
$158k–$431k
6% of monthly gross receipts
Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services (+)
377
24%
93%
$52k–$84k
2-9% of monthly gross revenue
GOOD
Batteries Plus (+)
362
21%
98%
$159k–$314k
4% of monthly gross revenue
Caring Transitions (+)
56
195%
84%
$37k–$64k
6% of gross revenue; $300/month minimum
Colors On Parade (+)
224
14%
99%
$21k–$70k
30% of immediate gross revenue
Edible Arrangements (+)
783
23%
97%
$147k–$261k
5% of weekly gross sales
Liberty Tax Service (+)
3,217
36%
92%
$57k–$70k
14% of monthly gross receipts
Massage Envy (+)
606
78%
99%
$301k-$484k
5% of weekly gross sales
Smoothie King (+)
550
17%
93%
$142k-$320k
6% of gross sales
Subway (+)
23,051
8%
96%
$115k-$258k
8% of gross sales
The Growth Coach (+)
140
12%
90%
$46k-$75k
$1,000-$1,500 a month
U.S. Lawns (+)
219
22%
94%
$49k-$56k
3-4% of gross monthly sales