franchise systems growth data

If you are curious about the growth of the most mature and largest franchise systems in the United States, take a look at a new report by franchising data provider FranchiseGrade.

Using its database of franchise disclosure documents, FranchiseGrade looked at what happened from 2008 to 2015 at 243 franchise systems that had filed a franchise disclosure document continuously from 2011 to 2015. And that had outlets in operation since 2008 and at least 25 outlets at the end of 2014.

For people interested in understanding franchising, the study’s results are informative.

Fast Food is the Prototypical Industry

The report found that:

  • Quick-service restaurants account for 24 percent of large, mature franchise systems.
  • The next most common industry for franchising is personal services, which makes up 21 percent of systems.
  • The third most common industry for franchising is commercial and residential services, which comprises 14 percent of systems.

Franchise Chains are Much Larger in the


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Source: Small Business Trends