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Top 20 Next Great Franchise Brands Ready to Take Over the Franchising Industry

For budding entrepreneurs looking to break into the franchising industry, there are many different options to choose from. To help narrow it down, we comprised a list of the top 20 emerging franchise brands.

By Jeff DwyerStaff Writer
10:10AM 05/02/23

The world of franchising continues to grow. Throughout the years, new and exciting brands are developing and emerging. While there are a number of franchise brands that tend to grow at a slower pace, some have exploded in growth, and have the potential to disrupt the market and become the next great franchise success stories.

With that in mind, we here at have curated a list of the top 20 next great franchise brands ready to take over the franchising industry (in no particular order).

1.    Nektar Juice Bar

Units: 180+
Startup Costs: $216,000 to $622,100

Nektar Juice Bar is a health-focused juice and smoothie franchise that offers fresh, nutrient-dense drinks. The franchise currently has more than 180 open locations, with another 150 in development across 22 different states.

2.    Workout Anytime

Units: 180+
Startup Costs: $563,850 to $1,008,550

Workout Anytime is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week fitness concept with 190 units across the U.S. Founded by fitness veterans John Quattrocchi and Steve Strickland, the company was formed to provide members with first-class fitness facilities at the lowest cost possible while delivering a profitable and affordable business model to franchisees. 

3.    MOD Pizza

Units: 500+
Startup Costs: $714,000 to $1,092,000

MOD Pizza was founded in 2008 by Scott and Ally Svenson, who wanted to create a convenient and new way for consumers to enjoy pizza. MOD prides itself on offering “high-quality, personalized products delivered superfast.” The brand offers fully customizable pizzas and salads with more than 40 toppings.

4.    The Growth Coach

Units: 65
Startup Costs: $42,000 to $63,900

The Growth Coach was founded in Cincinnati in 2003, and is the only pure business and sales coaching franchise aimed at driving success while balancing the lives of small business owners, managers, salespeople, self-employed professionals, and executives across a wide spectrum of businesses and industries. 

5.    Teriyaki Madness

Units: 125+
Startup Costs:  $346,400 to $768,760

Teriyaki Madness is an emerging Japanese-style, fast-casual franchise that serves teriyaki dishes, specialty food items, beverages and more. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has locations across the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

6.    MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes

Units: 90+
Startup Costs: $477,918 to $989,793

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual, “better burger” concept committed to providing the best-tasting burger experience possible, with mouthwatering made-to-order burgers, hand-cut French fries and real ice cream shakes. 

7.    OrangeTheory Fitness

Units: 1,500+
Startup Costs: $ $657,542 to $2,105,322

OrangeTheory Fitness is a fitness franchise that offers group interval training workouts designed to increase cardiovascular endurance and strength. The brand was founded in 2010 and has expanded to over 1,500 locations across 20 countries.

8.    Big Blue Swim School

Units: 230+ locations signed across 23 states
Startup Costs: $2,475,200 to $3,966,700

As a franchise, Big Blue Swim School offers high-quality swim lessons for children in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Big Blue Swim School has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing swim school franchises.

9.    Club Pilates

Units: 800+
Startup Costs: $221,000 to $482,500

Club Pilates is a fitness franchise that offers group Pilates classes in a studio setting. The brand offers classes that are designed for all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced. Club Pilates has expanded to more than 800 studios across the globe and spans four continents. It is the largest Pilates brand in the world.

10.  Blaze Pizza

Units: 330+
Startup Costs: $624,400 to $1,106,500

Blaze Pizza is a fast-casual pizza concept that offers made-to-order, artisanal pizzas, using fresh ingredients. The brand was founded in 2011 and has expanded to over 300 locations across the U.S. and internationally.

11.  Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

Units: 175+
Startup Costs: $417,100 to $748,500

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is a restaurant chain that specializes in efficiently making sandwiches by using fresh ingredients and homemade bread. The brand prides itself on using high-quality ingredients and has won numerous awards for its sandwiches.

12.  Vitality Bowls

Units: 100+
Startup Costs: $193,100 to $540,000

Vitality Bowls is a health food restaurant chain that serves acai bowls, smoothies, and other nutritious menu items such as salads and paninis. The chain was founded in 2011 and has since expanded to over 100 locations.

13.  CycleBar

Units: 250+
Startup Costs: $346,910 to $487,910

CycleBar is the largest indoor cycling brand in the world. The franchise offers a variety of low-impact, high-intensity indoor cycling workouts that are inclusive to all fitness levels.

14.  Wings and Rings*

Units: 85+
Startup Costs: $1,280,000 to $2,412,000

Wings and Rings is a club-level casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in serving Buffalo-style chicken wings, burgers, salads and other American-style dishes. Wings and Rings is a great place where everyone can kick back and enjoy everyday moments. 

15.  Acai Express

Units: 50+
Startup Costs: $158,400 to $429,000

Acai Express is a health food chain that serves acai bowls and smoothies. The brand uses high-quality, organic ingredients such as nuts, fruits and superfoods. The chain is known for promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

16.  F45 Training

Units: 1,700+
Startup Costs: $350,200 to $565,100

F45 Training is a global fitness community that offers high-intensity group work in a supportive environment. Over the last few years, F45 has been rapidly expanding its footprint and is poised for continued growth. It is referred to as one of the fastest growing fitness franchises in the world.

17.  Massage Heights

Units: 150+
Startup Costs: $452,443 to $532,221

Massage Heights is a membership-based therapeutic massage and facial services franchise that provides a variety of customizable massage and skincare services to clients. The brand was founded in 2004, and has expanded to over 150 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

18.  FirstLight* Home Care

Units: 250+
Startup Costs: $110,881 to $167,876

FirstLight Home Care is a non-medical, in-home care franchise that provides personalized care and support services to seniors, adults with disabilities and other individuals in need of assistance. The franchise provides a range of non-medical services, including companionship, personal care, medication reminders, transportation and housekeeping.

19.  Pet Wants

Units: 140+
Startup Costs: $131,350 to $202,000

Pet Wants is a health and wellness franchise that strives to improve the health and well-being of pets. The franchise provides fresh, natural and high-quality pet food, as well as other pet-related products such as toys and accessories. Pet Wants also offers a delivery service that ensures customers receive fresh pet food that is made-to-order and delivered directly to their door.

20.  Primrose Schools

Units: 470+
Startup Costs: $651,900 to $8,454,000

Primrose Schools is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children from six weeks to six years old. The franchise was founded in 1982 and has expanded to over 400 locations across the country.

Final Thoughts

No matter what industry you’re interested in, with the sheer number of franchise opportunities becoming available, there’s more than likely a franchise out there that’s perfect for you. Whether it’s in the restaurant, fitness or service-based industry, there are so many different franchises to choose from. But before you choose a franchise to invest in, just be sure to do your due diligence and read through the brand’s Franchise Disclosure Document so you understand your responsibilities as a franchisee. 

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