Sport Clips hot, Sizzler cold: Forbes lists best, worst franchises

November 3, 2015 – 12:05 am
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Georgetown-based Sport Clips Inc. is one of the best franchises to buy, according to a ranking published recently by Forbes.

The barber shop services franchise currently has 1, 369 stores. Its ranking is based on a 13 percent five-year growth rate and 97 percent continuity — meaning 97 percent of the franchises are still open five years later.

Logan recently was interviewed at the ABJ's monthly Face 2 Face event, where he went into detail about his business. He told the ABJ in another interview last month that he plans to launch this summer a female-focused salon.

Forbes relied on FRANdata for its analysis of the top and worst franchises to buy in three categories of startup costs: Under $150, 000, between $150, 000 and $500, 000 and $500, 000-plus.

The worst performing franchises in each category from least expensive to most expensive categories were American Express Travel Services, It's a Grind Coffee House and Sbarro, the fast-food eatery.

Food franchises were among the best and worst performing businesses.

On the flip side, Quizno's, Country Kitchen International, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Big Boy, Friendly's Restaurants, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Tastee Freez and Sizzler all ranked poorly.

While It's a Grind Coffee House received a low score, Dutch Bros., another coffee joint, ranked highly — No. 5 for the mid-range investment.

Private schools, tutoring service and senior care also did well on the best franchises to buy list. Three real estate brokerage franchises, however, were ranked among the worst investments.

See the entire list here.

Jan Buchholz covers commercial and residential real estate, construction and architecture and retail and restaurants for the Austin Business Journal.


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