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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 Dunkin' Donuts 11200 1954 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
11 Domino's Pizza 11000 1960 United States of America Food: Fast Food
12 Avis Budget Group 10000 1946 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
13 Baskin-Robbins 7398 1945 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
14 Bata 6700 1894 Czech Republic Retail: Clothing and Footwear
15 Re/max 6686 1973 United States of America Real Estate
16 Choice hotels 6372 1939 United States of America Hotels
17 Benetton Group 6000 1965 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
18 Curves International 6000 1992 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
19 Century 21 5780 1971 United States of America Real Estate
20 ServiceMaster Clean 4989 1947 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
21 Yamaha Music School 4900 1954 Japan Education: Children
22 InterContinental Hotels Group 4840 1952 United States of America Hotels
23 Snap on Tools 4791 1920 United States of America Building, Construction
24 Papa John's Pizza 4663 1985 United States of America Food: Fast Food
25 Best Western 4100 1946 United States of America Hotels
26 Etam 3834 1916 France Retail: Clothing and Footwear
27 Europcar 3732 1949 France Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
28 Chem-Dry 3565 1977 United States of America Commercial Hygiene
29 Sport 2000 3500 1966 France Retail: Sport Equipment
30 Budget Rent A Car 3400 1958 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
31 Coldwell Banker 3400 1906 United States of America Real Estate
32 Swatch 3371 1983 Switzerland Retail: Jewellers
33 Point S 3300 1971 France Automotive: Exhaust Tyre and Windscreen Repair
34 Dia (Carrefour) 3085 1979 Spain Food: Supermarkets
35 BayWa 3000 1923 Germany Retail: Other
36 Mango 2750 1984 Spain Retail: Clothing and Footwear
37 Levi's Store 2700 1953 United States of America Retail: Clothing and Footwear
38 The Body Shop 2600 1976 United Kingdom Beauty and Cosmetics
39 Anytime Fitness 2594 2002 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
40 Ad-Autodienst 2500 1992 Germany Automotive: Products and Services
41 Swarovski 2350 1895 Austria Retail: Jewellers
42 Fotoprix 2330 1981 Spain Photo, Frame, Art
43 ERA Real Estate 2322 1971 United States of America Real Estate
44 Mister Minit 2257 1957 Belgium Retail: Other
45 MIDAS 2196 1956 United States of America Automotive: Exhaust Tyre and Windscreen Repair
46 AIRRIA 2005 130 France Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
47 Tecnocasa 1998 1979 Italy Real Estate
48 Naturhouse 1954 1992 Spain Health and Beauty: Other
49 5àSec 1900 1968 France Dry Cleaning, Laundry
50 Ibis Hotels 1849 1974 France Hotels
51 Intermarché 1832 1958 France Food: Supermarkets
52 Vival 1800 1998 France Food: Convenience Stores
53 Day's Inn 1791 1970 United States of America Hotels
54 Punto Simply 1755 1917 Italy Food: Supermarkets
55 Hampton Hotels 1733 1984 United States of America Hotels
56 Regus Business Centres 1700 1989 United States of America Business: Products and Services
57 Calzedonia 1700 1987 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
58 The Carphone Warehouse 1700 1989 United Kingdom Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
59 Merry Maids 1667 1979 United States of America Home Services: Other
60 Yves Rocher 1600 1959 France Beauty and Cosmetics
61 Aunti Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels 1575 1988 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
62 Clarks 1556 1825 United Kingdom Retail: Clothing and Footwear
63 Carl's Jr. Restaurants 1516 1945 United States of America Food: Fast Food
64 Snap Fitness 1434 2003 United States of America Health and Beauty: Sports and Recreation
65 Cold Stone Creamery 1423 1988 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
66 Mail Boxes Etc. 1400 1980 United States of America Couriers
67 No Mas Vello 1375 2007 Spain Health and Beauty: Other
68 Groszek 1361 2000 Poland Food: Convenience Stores
69 Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH 1347 1990 Germany Retail: Pet Products and Services
70 Domotecnica 1325 1993 Italy Business: Products and Services
71 CapiFrance 1300 2002 France Real Estate
72 Alain Afflelou 1290 1972 France Health and Beauty: Opticians
73 Edible Arrangements 1248 1999 United States of America Food: Specialty Shops
74 Schmetterling Reisen 1239 1970 Germany Travel
75 Telepizza 1234 1988 Spain Food: Fast Food
76 Cinnabon 1233 1985 United States of America Food: Baked Goods, Donuts and Pastry
77 Cartridge World 1200 1988 Australia Retail: Other
78 Intimissimi 1200 1996 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
79 Fastway Couriers 1200 1983 New Zealand Couriers
80 ORPI Agences Nº1 1179 1965 France Real Estate
81 Esprit 1148 1968 United States of America Retail: Clothing and Footwear
82 Yogen Fruz 1129 1986 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
83 Schülerhilfe 1100 1974 Germany Education: Children
84 Celio 1061 1985 France Retail: Clothing and Footwear
85 Gamm Vert 1001 1977 France Retail: Gardening Products & DIY
86 Thrifty 1000 1958 United States of America Automotive: Automobile Renting and Leasing
87 Quiznos Sub 1000 1981 United States of America Food: Sandwich Bar and Coffee Shop
88 WSI Internet 955 1995 Canada Computer, Electronic and Internet Services
89 Sign-A-Rama 949 1986 United States of America Business: Products and Services
90 Minuteman Press Int'l. Inc. 931 1973 United States of America Business: Products and Services
91 Albert Heijn 917 1887 Netherlands Food: Convenience Stores
92 Haagen Dazs 900 1961 United States of America Food: Ice Cream and Yoghurt
93 Jean Louis David 830 1961 France Health and Beauty: Hairstyling and Cosmetics
94 Coffee News 823 1988 Canada Miscellaneous
95 OVS 807 1972 Italy Retail: Clothing and Footwear
96 Mothercare 800 1961 United Kingdom Retail: Clothing and Footwear
97 Depaso 800 1989 Spain Food: Convenience Stores
98 8 à Huit (Carrefour) 800 1977 France Food: Supermarkets
99 Apollo Optik 800 1972 Germany Health and Beauty: Opticians
100 Comfort Keepers 798 1998 United States of America Home Services: Other

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