25 Dynamite Franchise Brands You Wish Santa Could Put Under the Tree
25 Dynamite Franchise Brands You Wish Santa Could Put Under the Tree

Hot brands present serious opportunity for growth in 2018


  1. CycleBar – Boutique fitness studios are hot right now, and CycleBar is right on trend, allowing franchisees to achieve financial independence while helping people in their communities enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Not to mention, the brand prides itself on great music and a fun atmosphere. It was created for people who don’t necessarily have a cycling background, but want to focus on delivering great customer service and an exhilarating workout.
  2. DQ Grill & Chill – Everyone has a nostalgic connection to Dairy Queen – rightfully so, who doesn’t love a soft serve treat? DQ Grill & Chill presents an opportunity that fills day parts with meals, snacks and treats, and targets a wide variety of people from moms on the go to teenagers after school – meaning extra cash in franchisees’ pockets.
  3. Apricot Lane Boutique – Perfect for the fashion-forward mom or sister, Apricot Lane is a leading clothing boutique franchise that offers stylish and trendy clothing, jewelry and handbags. If you’re looking for an opportunity in which you can spend time with women on the hunt for the perfect something, then you’ll love what you do day in and day out at Apricot Lane.
  4. Smoothie King – If finding purpose in your life is important, perhaps providing your community with Smoothies With a Purpose™ is your purpose. The originator and innovator in the smoothie industry has always helped people achieve their health and fitness goals. The brand is set to cross the 1000-unit mark in 2018, primed for continued growth, with plenty of open territory in most regions across the U.S. as the brand expands out of the Southeast.
  5. Orange Theory – One of the most well known fitness brands is blowing up across the country, receiving national recognition from outlets including Good Morning America and SHAPE Magazine. The interval workout can’t be duplicated, which makes it a truly special opportunity for franchise prospects to embrace the small studio size needed, unique concept, and option to truly affect the lives and health of those in their communities.
  6. The Cleaning Authority – Residential cleaning might not sound sexy, but it can surely be lucrative. In fact, The Cleaning Authority is the leader in the growing $46 billion cleaning service industry. With The Cleaning Authority, you’re in control and able to build the lifestyle that you want to enjoy while also enjoying recurring customers and consistent business.
  7. Waxing the City – Owned by the parent company that owns fitness giant, Anytime Fitness, Waxing the City offers a growing opportunity in the salon industry. The low investment matched with world-class support and a simple process makes for a solid opportunity. There’s still ample market availability to provide needed services in communities across the U.S.
  8. Sylvan Learning – With the education industry’s lowest all-in royalty rate, and more than 35 years of experience, Sylvan Learning is constantly looking for ways to help franchisees expand their businesses to provide communities with new programs and solutions to keep children engaged. The brand isn’t only for kids looking for help, but Sylvan is leading the industry as the nation’s largest provider of STEM education through its Sylvan EDGE programs that offer students courses covering science, coding, robotics and engineering.
  9. Blo Boutique – The blow dry bar and styling low-cost investment opportunity is in a hot space right now, although salons and hair care have always been a proven money making concept. With a vibrant atmosphere and in-demand service, Blo Boutique is expected to continue growing quickly to meet women’s beauty needs across the U.S. and Canada.
  10. Famous Toastery – Everyone loves brunch, and the better-breakfast franchise is capitalizing on a scratch-kitchen and seasonal features, where customer service is taken seriously with its “Every Server is Your Server” motto. Franchisees can enjoy a spectacular work-life balance, with operating hours from 7 to 3 p.m., while providing guests with tasty breakfast and lunch items.
  11. Jet’s Pizza – This brand is for pizza-loving fans that want to live and breathe the Jet’s culture day in and day out. Jet’s provides franchisees with training, opening assistance and continuing support; but more importantly, the brand is a fan favorite, sticking out in a see of basic pizza concepts. One of the go-to options is an eight-corner crust in which everyone can enjoy the hearty, doughy bites.
  12. Lightbridge Academy – The brand is celebrating its 20th anniversary and truly making a name for itself as an innovator in the space through its use of technology to communicate with families to being the Solution for Working Parents™. The leading educational child care brand is looking for people who want to embrace the brand’s Circle of Care philosophy in which value is placed on everyone in a child’s life, including parents, teachers, franchisees and the community.
  13. Costa Vida – The fresh Mexican QSR opportunity is inspired by the coastal lifestyle, with nearly 100 units open. Guests can taste the difference at the made-from-scratch restaurant that provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, while also allowing for personalization without sacrificing speed of service. The strong unit-level economics also allow franchisees to scale quickly.
  14. Saladworks – The nation’s originator of the center of the plate salad is also America’s largest salad franchise. From its updated logo and store design to its creative, evolving menu and seasonal salad offerings, Saladworks provides healthy options that taste great. The brand offers on-trend tastes that appeal to a wide range of Americans looking to enjoy one-of-a-kind vegetable-centric salads.
  15. Cookie Cutters – Hair care is a recession proof concept in general, but Cookie Cutters takes it one step further making hair cuts “Fun for Kids, Stress-free for Parents.” The locations include an indoor playground, televisions at each station, and fantasy cars, with cuts ending with a balloon, sucker and a smile – the process is clearly designed to encourage repeat visits. The brand’s simple model is easy for new franchisees to follow to find success.
  16. Showhomes – America’s largest home staging company has seen success and growth for more than 30 years. Franchisees enjoy a work-life balance, while also accessing multiple potential revenue streams. Its unique home manager program also allows a live-in professional caretaker to keep the home in top-notch conditions at all times while also providing an in-demand service that is proven to move homes quickly off the market.
  17. BD Mongolian Barbeque – The fun and interactive franchise opportunity is the original create your own stir-fry concept. For 25 years, guests have ben able to choose ingredients before watching energetic grillers cook their food on a 500° 7-foot grill right before their eyes. There is a soup and salad bar add-on that increases the average check, and a perfect meal solution for lunch and dinner in mid-scale urban neighborhoods and regional suburban markets with strong restaurant synergy.
  18. Gloria Jean’s – With nearly 900 locations, Gloria Jean’s Coffees provides franchisees with an opportunity to succeed in the specialty coffee industry. The brand is a leader in flavor innovation, continually introducing new hot beverages and refreshing chillers. It also provides strong ongoing support and training so that store operations are performing optimally.
  19. Arby’s – They have the meat, so they say. The brand is leading its sector with fast-crafted sandwiches and innovative menu items that have the quality of a deli counter. Same-store sales growth and profitability have been escalating for the more than 3,300 restaurants, and the brand has market availability to open thousands more locations.
  20. BoConcept – The European-based brand offers modern and sophisticated furniture at a reasonable price. The established and proven franchise model offers franchisees a certified concept with worldwide appeal. People with a passion for sales, design and style are encouraged to inquire about franchise opportunities.
  21. Dickey’s Barbeque Pit – The seventy-five year old brand provides franchisees with six revenue streams, including dine-in, catering, retail items, holiday meals, online ordering and outside delivery. As an established and well-known brand, the nation’s largest barbeque franchise also has a low franchise fee and offers customers quality products they’ll keep coming back for.
  22. Mosquito Joe – The brand makes outside fun again while allowing franchisees to enjoy their work life again, too. The opportunity is perfect for franchise prospects that are at a crossroads in their life and are looking for a new venture to become passionate about while also helping the community enjoy their free time outdoors.
  23. Corner Bakery Café – The fast casual concept is known for an innovative menu and welcoming atmosphere, while also offering franchisees an additional revenue stream from its catering platform. Ongoing franchise support and local marketing plans help franchisees become involved in their respective communities, helping them to achieve exceptional unit-level economics.
  24. Which Wich – If you love a superior sandwich, you might like a superior franchise. Which Wich provides franchisees with an ideal life work blend, low start up costs, best in class support and exceptional business metrics. The concept is perfect for anyone looking to join a high-energy brand with great market availability and a flexible store design.
  25. ProSource – The concept is in an untapped segment of the $300 billion home improvement industry, targeting the trade professional which makes up 63 percent of the market share versus the DIY segment. The concept offers low overhead operating costs and a strong cash flow that helps franchisees build revenue.