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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 53119 1927 United States of America Food: Convenience Stores
2 Subway 43926 1965 United States of America Food: Fast Food
3 McDonald's 36258 1955 United States of America Food: Fast Food
4 Kumon Inst. Of Education Co. Ltd. 25384 1954 Japan Education: Children
5 KFC 18875 1930 United States of America Food: Fast Food
6 Pizza Hut 14967 1958 United States of America Food: Restaurants
7 Burger King 14000 1954 United States of America Food: Fast Food
8 Spar 12314 1932 Netherlands Food: Convenience Stores
9 Jani-King 12000 1969 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
10 Jan Pro 11676 1991 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
11 Dunkin' Donuts 11200 1954 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
12 Domino's Pizza 11000 1960 United States of America Food: Fast Food
13 Avis Budget Group 10000 1946 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
14 Jazzercise 8373 1969 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
15 Baskin-Robbins 7398 1945 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
16 Bata 6700 1894 Czech Republic Retail: Clothing and Footwear
17 Re/max 6686 1973 United States of America Real Estate
18 GNC 6607 1935 United States of America Health and Beauty: Other
19 Choice hotels 6372 1939 United States of America Hotels
20 Taco Bell 6053 1962 United States of America Food: Fast Food
21 Benetton Group 6000 1965 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
22 Curves International 6000 1992 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
23 Century 21 5780 1971 United States of America Real Estate
24 LCF Clubs 5000 1985 United Kingdom Education: Children
25 ServiceMaster Clean 4989 1947 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
26 Yamaha Music School 4900 1954 Japan Education: Children
27 InterContinental Hotels Group 4840 1952 United States of America Hotels
28 Snap on Tools 4791 1920 United States of America Building, Construction
29 Papa John's Pizza 4663 1985 United States of America Food: Fast Food
30 Etam 4200 1916 France Retail: Clothing and Footwear
31 Best Western 4100 1946 United States of America Hotels
32 Europcar 3732 1949 France Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
33 Chem-Dry 3565 1977 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
34 Sport 2000 3500 1966 France Retail: Sport Equipment
35 Budget Rent A Car 3400 1958 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
36 Coldwell Banker 3400 1906 United States of America Real Estate
37 Swatch 3371 1983 Switzerland Retail: Jewellers
38 Point S 3300 1971 France Automotive: Exhaust Tyre and Windscreen Repair
39 Dia (Carrefour) 3085 1979 Spain Food: Supermarkets
40 BayWa 3000 1923 Germany Retail: Other
41 Mango 2750 1984 Spain Retail: Clothing and Footwear
42 Levi's Store 2700 1953 United States of America Retail: Clothing and Footwear
43 The Body Shop 2600 1976 United Kingdom Beauty and Cosmetics
44 Anytime Fitness 2594 2002 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
45 Ad-Autodienst 2500 1992 Germany Automotive: Products and Services
46 Swarovski 2350 1895 Austria Retail: Jewellers
47 Fotoprix 2330 1981 Spain Photo, Frame, Art
48 ERA Real Estate 2322 1971 United States of America Real Estate
49 Mister Minit 2257 1957 Belgium Retail: Other
50 MIDAS 2196 1956 United States of America Automotive: Exhaust Tyre and Windscreen Repair
51 AIRRIA 2005 130 France Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
52 Komandor 2000 1992 Poland Retail: Household Furnishings
53 Tecnocasa 1998 1979 Italy Real Estate
54 Marston's Pub 1978 1890 United Kingdom Food: Sandwich Bar and Coffee Shop
55 Naturhouse 1954 1992 Spain Health and Beauty: Other
56 5àSec 1900 1968 France Dry Cleaning, Laundry
57 Greene King Meet & eat 1900 1799 United Kingdom Food: Restaurants
58 Ibis Hotels 1849 1974 France Hotels
59 Intermarché 1832 1958 France Food: Supermarkets
60 Vival 1800 1998 France Food: Convenience Stores
61 Day's Inn 1791 1970 United States of America Hotels
62 Hampton Hotels 1773 1984 United States of America Hotels
63 Punto Simply 1755 1917 Italy Food: Supermarkets
64 Regus Business Centres 1700 1989 United States of America Business: Products and Services
65 Calzedonia 1700 1987 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
66 The Carphone Warehouse 1700 1989 United Kingdom Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
67 Merry Maids 1667 1979 United States of America Home Services: Other
68 Yves Rocher 1600 1959 France Beauty and Cosmetics
69 Aunti Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels 1575 1988 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
70 Clarks 1556 1825 United Kingdom Retail: Clothing and Footwear
71 Carl's Jr. Restaurants 1516 1945 United States of America Food: Fast Food
72 Snap Fitness 1434 2003 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
73 Cold Stone Creamery 1423 1988 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
74 Mail Boxes Etc. 1400 1980 United States of America Couriers
75 No Mas Vello 1375 2007 Spain Health and Beauty: Other
76 Groszek 1361 2000 Poland Food: Convenience Stores
77 Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH 1347 1990 Germany Retail: Pet Products and Services
78 Domotecnica 1325 1993 Italy Business: Products and Services
79 CapiFrance 1300 2002 France Real Estate
80 Alain Afflelou 1290 1972 France Health and Beauty: Opticians
81 Heaven's Best 1259 1983 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
82 Edible Arrangements 1248 1999 United States of America Food: Specialty Shops
83 Schmetterling Reisen 1239 1970 Germany Travel
84 Telepizza 1234 1988 Spain Food: Fast Food
85 Cinnabon 1233 1985 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
86 Cartridge World 1200 1988 Australia Retail: Other
87 Intimissimi 1200 1996 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
88 Fastway Couriers 1200 1983 New Zealand Couriers
89 ORPI Agences Nº1 1179 1965 France Real Estate
90 Esprit 1148 1968 United States of America Retail: Clothing and Footwear
91 Yogen Fruz 1129 1986 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
92 Gloria Jean's Coffees 1100 1996 Australia Food: Sandwich Bar and Coffee Shop
93 Schülerhilfe 1100 1974 Germany Education: Children
94 Celio 1061 1985 France Retail: Clothing and Footwear
95 Yoigo 1048 2008 Spain Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
96 Home Instead 1016 1994 United States of America Home Services: Other
97 Gamm Vert 1001 1977 France Retail: Gardening Products & DIY
98 Thrifty 1000 1958 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
99 Quiznos Sub 1000 1981 United States of America Food: Sandwich Bar and Coffee Shop
100 OptimHome 1000 2006 France Real Estate

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