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Franchising in Europe – Introduction to the Top 500

Franchising is huge in Europe. With a population of 450+ million, Europe represents one of the most dynamic marketplaces for franchising in the world. Though American brands still dominate the Top 500 franchises, many European franchises also have become big names on the continent and beyond.

Top 500 Franchises in Europe

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Rank Franchise Name Units Established Country Industry
1 7-Eleven 60000 1927 United States of America Food: Convenience Stores
2 Subway 44819 1965 United States of America Food: Fast Food
3 McDonald's 36500 1955 United States of America Food: Fast Food
4 Kumon 25840 1958 Japan Education: Children
5 KFC 19955 1930 United States of America Food: Fast Food
6 Pizza Hut 15605 1958 United States of America Food: Restaurants
7 Burger King 15000 1954 United States of America Food: Fast Food
8 Domino's Pizza 13200 1960 United States of America Food: Fast Food
9 Spar 12176 1932 Netherlands Food: Convenience Stores
10 Dunkin' Donuts 12000 1950 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
11 Avis Budget Group 11000 1946 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
12 Jani-King 9000 1969 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
13 Jazzercise 8880 1969 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
14 Jan Pro 8224 1991 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
15 Baskin-Robbins 7722 1945 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
16 Re/max 6986 1973 United States of America Real Estate
17 Century 21 6950 1971 United States of America Real Estate
18 GNC 6734 1935 United States of America Health and Beauty: Other
19 Taco Bell 6407 1962 United States of America Food: Fast Food
20 Choice hotels 6400 1939 United States of America Hotels
21 InterContinental Hotels 5099 1952 United States of America Hotels
22 ServiceMaster Clean 5031 1947 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
23 Benetton Group 5000 1965 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
24 Papa John's Pizza 5000 1985 United States of America Food: Fast Food
25 LCF Clubs 5000 1985 United Kingdom Education: Children
26 Bata 4900 1894 Czech Republic Retail: Clothing and Footwear
27 Yamaha Music School 4900 1954 Japan Education: Children
28 Snap on Tools 4828 1920 United States of America Building, Construction
29 Curves International 4500 1992 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
30 Best Western 4200 1946 United States of America Hotels
31 Etam 4098 1916 France Retail: Clothing and Footwear
32 Dia 3697 1979 Spain Food: Supermarkets
33 Chem-Dry 3500 1977 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
34 Budget Rent A Car 3400 1958 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
35 Point S 3400 1971 France Automotive: Exhaust Tyre and Windscreen Repair
36 Swatch 3371 1983 Switzerland Retail: Jewellers
37 Europcar 3300 1949 France Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
38 Anytime Fitness 3300 2002 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
39 Sport 2000 3200 1966 France Retail: Sport Equipment
40 Regus Business Centres 3000 1989 United States of America Business: Products and Services
41 The Body Shop 3000 1976 United Kingdom Beauty and Cosmetics
42 Coldwell Banker 3000 1906 United States of America Real Estate
43 BayWa 3000 1923 Germany Retail: Other
44 Levi's Store 2800 1953 United States of America Retail: Clothing and Footwear
45 Swarovski 2680 1895 Austria Retail: Jewellers
46 Ad-Autodienst 2500 1992 Germany Automotive: Products and Services
47 Mango 2415 1984 Spain Retail: Clothing and Footwear
48 Intermarché 2398 1958 France Food: Supermarkets
49 ERA Real Estate 2390 1971 United States of America Real Estate
50 Fotoprix 2330 1981 Spain Photo, Frame, Art
51 Naturhouse 2279 1992 Spain Health and Beauty: Other
52 Mister Minit 2257 1957 Belgium Retail: Other
53 Tecnocasa 2239 1979 Italy Real Estate
54 MIDAS 2235 1956 United States of America Automotive: Exhaust Tyre and Windscreen Repair
55 Hampton Hotels 2150 1984 United States of America Hotels
56 Komandor 2000 1992 Poland Retail: Household Furnishings
57 5àSec 1900 1968 France Dry Cleaning, Laundry
58 Greene King Meet & eat 1900 1799 United Kingdom Food: Restaurants
59 Vival 1800 1998 France Food: Convenience Stores
60 Day's Inn 1791 1970 United States of America Hotels
61 Punto Simply 1755 1917 Italy Food: Supermarkets
62 Calzedonia 1750 1987 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
63 Aunti Anne's 1700 1988 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
64 The Carphone Warehouse 1700 1989 United Kingdom Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
65 Marston's Pub 1698 1890 United Kingdom Food: Sandwich Bar and Coffee Shop
66 Merry Maids 1680 1979 United States of America Home Services: Other
67 Yves Rocher 1600 1959 France Beauty and Cosmetics
68 Mail Boxes Etc. 1600 1980 United States of America Couriers
69 Carl's Jr. Restaurants 1545 1945 United States of America Food: Fast Food
70 Clarks 1500 1825 United Kingdom Retail: Clothing and Footwear
71 Cold Stone Creamery 1500 1988 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
72 Snap Fitness 1440 2003 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
73 Groszek 1430 2000 Poland Food: Convenience Stores
74 CapiFrance 1400 2002 France Real Estate
75 Alain Afflelou 1395 1972 France Health and Beauty: Opticians
76 Fressnapf Tiernahrungs 1386 1990 Germany Retail: Pet Products and Services
77 Domotecnica 1325 1993 Italy Business: Products and Services
78 Cinnabon 1307 1985 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
79 Telepizza 1300 1988 Spain Food: Fast Food
80 Edible Arrangements 1253 1999 United States of America Food: Specialty Shops
81 Schmetterling Reisen 1239 1970 Germany Travel
82 Yogen Fruz 1232 1986 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
83 Intimissimi 1200 1996 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
84 Fastway Couriers 1200 1983 New Zealand Couriers
85 OptimHome 1200 2006 France Real Estate
86 Gamm Vert 1200 1977 France Retail: Gardening Products & DIY
87 ORPI Agences Nº1 1200 1965 France Real Estate
88 Heaven's Best 1171 1983 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
89 Celio 1100 1985 France Retail: Clothing and Footwear
90 Schülerhilfe 1100 1974 Germany Education: Children
91 Home Instead 1075 1994 United States of America Home Services: Other
92 Ibis Hotels 1071 1974 France Hotels
93 Thrifty 1061 1958 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
94 Yoigo 1048 2008 Spain Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
95 WSI Internet 1000 1995 Canada Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
96 Esprit 1000 1968 United States of America Retail: Clothing and Footwear
97 Cartridge World 1000 1988 Australia Retail: Other
98 Quiznos Sub 1000 1981 United States of America Food: Sandwich Bar and Coffee Shop
99 No Mas Vello 1000 2007 Spain Health and Beauty: Other
100 Lush Cosmetics 950 1995 United Kingdom Beauty and Cosmetics

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