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Top Personal Services Franchises

 

Fitness remains one of the hottest sectors in the personal services industry, but most other categories—education, junk removal and swim schools in particular—had their fair share of winners. The tax and financial services category was the only section to take an overall loss. 

Sales Growth - Dry Cleaning Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
487 Tide Dry Cleaners 28 27.0%
410 ZIPS Dry Cleaners 50 10.9%

The two dry cleaning franchises in the Top 200+ are relatively small, but both are making headway. Tide Dry Cleaners has the edge over ZIPS Dry Cleaners with a 27 percent sales growth in 2016. 

 

Sales Growth - Education/Learning Franchises 

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
485 KLA Schools 28 40.0%
243 Kiddie Academy 203 22.2%
459 Lightbridge Academy 35 20.0%
370 School of Rock 65 18.2%
248 The Learning Experience 200 17.4%
126 Primrose Schools 643 13.0%
123 Eye Level Learning Centers 655 10.3%
117 The Goddard School 688 9.8%
254 Sylvan Learning 195 -4.4%
229 Kids 'R' Kids 230 -5.7%

Millions of parents need child care and increasingly, as the 2016 segment numbers show, they want that care to include education. It’s double-digit sales increases all around for this year’s top early education and care provider concepts, with KLA Schools 40 percent increase leading the way. 

Three brands—Primrose Schools, Eye Level Learning Centers, The Goddard School—each pulled in more than $600 million in global sales in 2016, with increases above or near 10 percent. Sylvan Learning and Kids 'R' Kids were two brands with significant losses. 

 

Sales Growth - Fitness/Gym Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
380 9Round 60 116.3%
153 Orangetheory Fitness 451 111.3%
418 Workout Anytime 45 28.2%
63 Planet Fitness 1,900 26.7%
84 Anytime Fitness 1,250 13.6%
311 The Little Gym 116 10.6%
278 Retrofitness 154 8.8%
372 TITLE Boxing Club 65 4.6%
120 Snap Fitness 671 0.0%

Fitness concepts continued their rapid climb in 2016 as the sector hit $4.67 billion in total sales. Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness claim a combined $3.2 billion in sales, but Orangetheory Fitness and 9Round muscled their way up to lead the category, both with increases of over 110 percent. Snap Fitness was the only franchise in the category to not increase its year-over-year sales. 

 

Sales Growth - Hair Care Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
132 Sports Clips 568 13.6%
296 First Choice Hair Cutters 128 11.0%
212 Fantastic Sams 272 7.6%
82 Great Clips 1,313 7.5%
109 SuperCuts 742 -1.1%
270 Cost Cutters 169 -1.6%

Sales are up 6 percent overall for hair care franchises in the Top 200+, and the companies teamed up for $3.2 billion in total sales. Sports Clips has seen double-digit sales increases over the past 9 years, and it leads the pack again with a 13.6 percent increase. SuperCuts and Cost Cutters are both down a seemingly small 1.1 percent and 1.6 respectively, but that represents a total of $10 million in sales.

 

Sales Growth - Junk Removal

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
405 Junk King 50 100.0%
233 1-800-GOT-JUNK? 223 22.2%
466 College Hunks Hauling Junk 33 -0.8%

Junk King actually doubled its sales in 2016, bumping it up 84 spots on the Top 200+ list. The much larger 1-800-GOT-JUNK? had a strong year as well, with sales growth of 22.2 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Massage

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
460 Massage LuXe 35 24.9%
223 Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa 250 23.4%
331 Massage Heights 95 7.5%
81 Massage Envy 1,320 1.5%

All four massage concepts in the Top 200+ had positive sales growth, with Massage LuXe and Hand & Stone leading the pack. The largest company on the list, Massage Envy, had only a slight bump in sales at 1.5 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Swim Schools

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
399 Goldfish Swim School 53 64.9%
442 Aqua-Tots Swim Schools 38 18.8%

The two swim schools on the Top 200+ had very solid growth in 2016, but the jump from Goldfish Swim School definitely stands out. The Michigan-based company jumped 57 spots on our list after a 69.4 percent sales increase. 

 

Sales Growth - Tax/Financial Services

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
159 Liberty Tax Service 438  -0.2%
46 H&R Block 3,170* -0.6%
157 Jackson Hewitt 445  -9.9%

*Franchise Times Estimate

It was a tough year for tax brands in the Top 200+, as all three companies experienced losses. Jackson Hewitt was hit the hardest, with a 9.9 percent decrease causing it to tumble 11 spots down the list. 

 

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