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Top Personal Services Franchises

 

Another diverse category, personal services encompasses everything from dry cleaning to swim schools. The fitness, education and junk removal industries take the cake in this broad category, with nearly every company continuing to perform exceedingly well. Hair care and financial services are the only sections to underperform, with less companies and lower sales.

Sales Growth - Dry Cleaning Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
379 ZIPS Dry Cleaners 55 10.2%
486 Martinizing Dry Cleaners 20 1.0%

ZIPS Dry Cleaners grew 10.2 percent in sales this year, in a small but successful section. Newly added to our Top 500 rankings, Martinizing Dry Cleaners grew 1 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Education/Learning Franchises 

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
416 Abrakadoodle 41 24.2%
222 Kiddie Academy 251 23.7%
421 Lightbridge Academy 40 14.9%
343 School of Rock 74 13.8%
234 The Learning Experience 227 13.5%
120 Primrose Schools 709 10.2%
117 Eye Level Learning Centers 718 9.7%
111 The Goddard School 745 8.4%
225 Kids 'R' Kids 240 4.3%
251 Sylvan Learning 185 -5.0%
393 Discovery Point 48 -7.8%
469 KLA Schools 25 -10.7%

As parents realize more and more the importance of education along with childcare, this section continues growing. All but two brands reported double-digit sales increases this past year, and only Sylvan Learning and KLA Schools went down in sales, with 5 and 10.7 percent losses respectively. 

 

Sales Growth - Fitness/Gym Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
369 Club Pilates 59 258.2%
457 Burn Boot Camp 28 104.2%
304 9Round 120 99.7%
113 Orangetheory Fitness 739 63.7%
375 Workout Anytime 57 26.4%
59 Planet Fitness 2,300 21.1%
79 Anytime Fitness 1,490 19.2%
473 Rebounderz 24 18.0%
292 The Little Gym 129 11.8%
351 TITLE Boxing Club 69 6.0%
386 Fitness Together 50 3.3%
268 Retrofitness 158 2.3%
125 Snap Fitness 671 0.0%

Orangetheory Fitness and 9Round continued their insane progress in the fitness sector with 99.7 and 63.7 percent sales growth respectively. All remaining fitness brands, which continue to grow in popularity, reported double-digit growth except for Title Boxing Club, which pulled in a 6 percent increase in sales. Snap Fitness was the only fitness brand to not increase sales this year.

 

Sales Growth - Hair Care Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
489 MY SALON Suite 20 101.2%
129 Sport Clips 637 12.1%
83 Great Clips 1,396 6.4%
220 Fantastic Sam's 254 -6.6%

Top 200 brands Sports Clips and Great Clips both reported sales increases for the past year, but the same can’t be said for Fantastic Sams, which was down 6.6 percent. Brands included last year such as Cost Cutters and Super Cuts are not included in this year’s rankings.

 

Sales Growth - Junk Removal

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
339 College Hunks Hauling Junk 75 66.7%
217 1-800-GOT-JUNK? 257 15.3%

1-800-GOT-JUNK? jumped up over 10 spots on the Top 500 with a 15.3 increase in sales, but College Hunks Haul Junk was the real showstopper with 66.7 percent in sales growth.

 

Sales Growth - Massage

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
193 Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa 331 32.7%
418 Massage LuXe 41 18.1%
275 Elements Massage 148 17.1%
314 Massage Heights 102 6.9%
84 Massage Envy 1,377 4.3%

Every franchised massage brand in our rankings had increased sales this past year, with Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa up ahead with 32.7 percent growth in sales. Massage LuXe was in second with 18.1 percent, and the largest brand, Massage Envy, pulled out a smaller 4.3 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Swim Schools

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
338 Goldfish Swim School 76 44.0%
392 Aqua-Tots Swim Schools 48 26.6%

Though a category of smaller companies, both swim school brands did exceedingly well this year. Goldfish Swim School, based in Michigan, had a 44 percent increase in sales and Arizona-based Aqua-Tots Swim Schools had 26.6 percent growth.

 

Sales Growth - Tax/Financial Services

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
135 Jackson Hewitt 550  23.6%
46 H&R Block 3,140* -0.9%
178 Liberty Tax Service 386  -11.9%

*Franchise Times Estimate

This category was not the strongest, with both H&R Block and Liberty Tax Service experiencing losses. However, Top 200-ranked Jackson Hewitt stands out with a 23.6 percent sales increase. 

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