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Top Retail Franchises

 

Considering the bloodbath in retail as a whole over recent years, it should come as a pleasant surprise that only 8 of the 42 retail companies in the Top 200+ saw overall losses in sales. Nothing Bundt Cakes, Style Encore and Big Frog Custom T-Shirts were some individual standouts. 

 

Sales Growth - Bakery Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
411 Magnolia Bakery 49 22.1%
323 Great Harvest Bread Co. 103 -1.2%

Magnolia Bakery bumped itself up 18 spots on the Top 200+ list with a 22.1 percent boost in sales. Great Harvest Bread Co. on the other hand, saw a slight dip in sales at 1.2 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Clothing Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
484 Style Encore 28 47.4%
499 Big Frog Custom T-Shirts 25 31.9%
455 Uptown Cheapskate 35 23.8%
191 Once Upon A Child 319 7.0%
388 Kid to Kid 56 6.4%
481 Just Between Friends 29 5.3%
263 Fleet Feet Sports 176 4.1%
341 Clothes Mentor 85 3.6%
158 Plato's Closet 442 2.3%
490 Flip Flop Shops 27 -4.1%

The three top clothing franchises are all fairly small, but that doesn't make their growth strides any less impressive. Style Encore led the way with a 47.4 percent sales gain, bringing it into the Top 200+ for the first time. The largest clothing store on the list, Plato's Closet, bumped its sales up a modest 2.3 percent. Flip Flop Shops was the only clothing franchise to post negative sales in 2016, with a 4.4 percent decline. 

 

Sales Growth - Convenience Stores

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
18 Circle K 7,019  8.1%
87 ampm 1,222  1.8%
2 7-Eleven 82,500* 1.2%

*Franchise Times Estimate

Circle K posted an impressive year, with 8.1 percent sales growth to surpass $7 billion in sales. Ampm came in second, with 1.8 percent growth to $1.2 billion in sales. 7-Eleven, the No. 2 franchise on the Top 200+ with $82.5 billion in sales, pushed higher by 1.2 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Home Improvement/Hardware Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
128 Matco Tools 610* 6.6%
71 Snap-on Tools 1,675  4.2%
6 Ace Hardware 15,016  1.1%

*Franchise Times Estimate

Matco Tools topped the list of three hardware franchises in the Top 200 with a 6.6 percent growth, beating Snap-on Tools at 4.2 percent and Ace Hardware at 1.1 percent. Ace, at No. 6 on the list, topped $15 billion in sales last year. 

 

Sales Growth - Pet Stores

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
94 Pet Supplies Plus 1,000 7.1%
407 Pet Planet 50 0.0%

One of two pet store franchises on the list, Pet Supplies Plus reached $1 billion in sales for the first time in company history, with a robust 7.1 percent sales growth. 

 

Sales Growth - Retail: Specialties

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
271 Nothing Bundt Cakes 167  45.2%
305 Hissho Sushi 122  22.4%
495 Mainstream Boutique 26  21.6%
422 101 Mobility 43  16.8%
476 Music Go Round 31  10.7%
131 Batteries Plus Bulbs 571  8.7%
433 Christmas Décor 41  6.7%
277 Wild Birds Unlimited 154  3.7%
477 The Great Frame Up 30  3.4%
133 Edible Arrangements 563  3.1%
163 HoneyBaked Ham 425  2.4%
231 Play It Again Sports 228  1.3%
431 Apricot Lane Boutique 41  0.8%
160 Slumberland 436  0.4%
222 Gateway Newstands 250  0.0%
332 Learning Express Toys 95  -0.1%
47 GNC 2,900* -2.5%
148 Wireless Zone 482  -4.9%
280 Merle Norman Cosmetics 150  -6.3%
293 HobbyTown 130  -10.2%
421 Foot Solutions 43  -12.6%

*Franchise Times Estimate

Nothing Bundt Cakes is the standout in the specialty retail side with its 45.2 percent growth rate, bumping it up 37 spots on our list. Five other companies saw growth of 10 percent or more, including Budget Blinds, at 12.3 percent growth to $410 million. There were, however, many retail franchises that had a rougher go of things in 2016. The biggest retailer on the list, GNC, saw another rough year as its sales dipped an estimated 2.5 percent. HobbyTown and Foot Solutions saw losses of over 10 percent.

 

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