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Top Retail Franchises

 

Despite Amazon’s reign on retail, over half of the retail brands in the Top 200+ performed well. Nothing Bundt Cakes continues its massive growth, and other standouts include Style Encore and accessibility franchise 101 Mobility.

 

Sales Growth - Bakery Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
499 Wag N' Wash Natural Food & Bakery 15 24.1%
313 Great Harvest Bread Co. 103 -0.3%

Only Great Harvest Bread Co. made the Top 200+ cut this year, just underperforming at a 0.3 decrease in sales. 

 

Sales Growth - Clothing Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
428 Style Encore 37 32.1%
414 Uptown Cheapskate 41 17.0%
157 Plato's Closet 456 3.2%
194 Once Upon A Child 35 23.8%
451 Just Between Friends 29 0.0%
332 Clothes Mentor 85 -0.6%
382 Kid to Kid 55 -1.9%

In of the best performing retail categories, Style Encore and Uptown Cheapskate stole the show with 32.1 percent and 17 percent increases in sales respectively. Only Kid to Kid and Clothes Mentor reported negative sales for the past year.

 

Sales Growth - Convenience Stores

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
18 Circle K 8,102  15.4%
87 ampm 1,315  7.6%
2 7-Eleven 85,000* 3.0%

*Franchise Times Estimate

It was a successful year for convenience franchises, with Circle K once again ahead at 15.4 percent sales growth. ampm grew 7.6 in sales and behemoth 7-Eleven came in at 3.2 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Home Improvement/Hardware Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
6 Ace Hardware 15,989 6.5%
127 Matco Tools 640* 4.9%
76 Snap-on Tools 1,642 -1.9%

*Franchise Times Estimate

No. 6 on this year’s Top 200+ Ace Hardware also led the home improvement and hardware franchise category at 6.5 percent in sales. Matco Tools followed closely at 4.9 percent sales growth, while Snap-On Tools struggled a bit at negative 1.9 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Pet Stores

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
98 Pet Supplies Plus 916 8.4%
395 Pet Planet 47 -6.0%

Pet Supplies Plus again leads this smaller category at 8.4 percent sales growth, while UK-based Pet Planet continues to lag with a 6 percent decline in sales.

 

Sales Growth - Retail: Specialties

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
482 Experimac 21 138.0%
411 Beef Jerky Outlet 122  22.4%
240 Nothing Bundt Cakes 218  30.3%
378 101 Mobility 55  28.8%
306 UBREAKIFIX 118 23.1%
146 Budget Blinds 500  22.0%
277 Hissho Sushi 144  18.0%
495 The Spice & Tea Exchange 17  17.3%
305 Metal Supermarkets 118 12.1%
397 Christmas Decor 46 11.8%
207 Pinch-A-Penny 289 8.1%
436 Music Go Round 33 6.5%
461 Mainstream Boutique 28 6.4%
249 Fleet Feet Sports 186 5.7%
131 Batteries Plus Bulbs 601  5.3%
267 Wild Birds Unlimited 159  2.7%
152 Wireless Zone 481 -0.2%
134 Edible Arrangements 559 -0.7%
166 HoneyBaked Ham 417 -1.9%
235 Play it Again Sports 233 -2.2%
323 Learning Express Toys 92 -2.7%
298 HobbyTown 123 -6.0%
50 GNC 2,725* -6.0%
456 Apricot Lane Boutique 28 -31.4%

*Franchise Times Estimate

Ranging from sushi to batteries, cell phone accessories to holiday décor, this category was a hit or miss with sales this past year. While Nothing Bundt Cakes continuing its massive growth at 30.3 percent sales and 101 Mobility coming out of nowhere with a 28.8 percent increase, Music Go Round and Christmas Décor also had good years.

The same can’t be said for Apricot Lane, which had quite the pitfall at negative 31.4 percent in sales, along with Slumberland, GNC, Learning Express Toys and HobbyTown, which all reported negative sales. 

 

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