AMERICA’S WORST FRANCHISES According to Forbes
May 30, 2014
What are America’s worst franchise opportunities?
Using data compiled by franchise research company FRANdata, Forbes magazine has compiled its list of the 30 worst franchises in America.
Forbes ranked what it believes to be the ten worst franchises in each of three investment categories:
- — franchises requiring an investment between $0 – $250,000,
- — franchises requiring an investment between $250,001 – $500,000,
- — and franchises requiring an investment of $500,001 or greater.
What do you think? Did Forbes miss your pick for worst franchise? Leave your nomination with a comment below.
To learn more about why Forbes included specific franchises, and to share your opinion, click on the links to franchise company pages in the table below.
FRANCHISORS: If you feel your franchise has been unfairly named to Forbes “Worst Franchises” list, post your rebuttal below or email it to UnhappyFranchisee[at]gmail.com for immediate publication.
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FORBES WORST FRANCHISES 2014
|INVESTMENT RANGE||Source: Forbes|
|RANK (10 Being Worst)||
0 – $150,000
$150,001 – $500,000
$500,001 and over
|10||SuperCoups||Dippin’ Dots||Country Kitchen International|
|9||Realty World||Steak Escape||It’s a Grind Coffee House|
|8||Parable||Commission Express||Tastee Freez|
|7||UBuildIt||COOKIES BY DESIGN||Atlanta Bread Company|
|6||Aero Colours||Dream Dinners||Bennigan’s|
|5||All Tune and Lube||Avalar||Shoney’s|
|4||Curves||DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen||Bonanza Steakhouse|
|3||House Doctors||Golf Etc.||Desert Sun Tanning Salons|
|2||ERA Real Estate||Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill||La Salsa|
|1||FastFrame||Great Steak & Potato Company||Ground Round Grill & Bar|
Franchisor Rebuttals to Date:
Methodology: According to Forbes,
FRANdata did screen for two key criteria over those years that give some indication of market demand for the brand and overall support for its franchisees: growth rate and the so-called continuity rate. Continuity gives some indication of the ongoing success of the stores… Other factors that affected the ranking: a franchisor’s transparency in reporting historical performance, which lets prospective franchisees evaluate the opportunity; support for franchisees (financing and the like); and recurring revenue self-sufficiency (does the franchisor depend on revenues from selling additional franchises to sustain ongoing operations?)
Read Forbes’ America’s Best And Worst Franchises
For a more detailed look at Forbes methodology, click here.
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