Zor Awards names 10 best franchises to buy

With thousands of brands to choose from in an ever-expanding array of industry segments, researching franchises can prove an especially daunting task, particularly for first-timers. That’s where the Franchise Times Zor Awards project comes in.

Designed to cut through the sales jargon and marketing speak, the Zor Awards, now in its fourth year, provides a top pick and three runners-up in each of 10 categories. We focus on return on investment in this project, which means profitability for the operator rather than topline sales. (See page 25 for details on our methodology.)

Interviews with top-performing franchisees provide honest insight and advice, and prospective owners can learn what it takes to drive sales and ultimately achieve success in each system. We also pull back the curtain on the franchisor-franchisee relationship as operators share what works and where they’d like to see improvement.

Use the Zor Awards to help put the pieces of your franchise puzzle in place.   

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'Zor Awards 10 Categories

Fresh Baked:
Bakery/café restaurants

Finalists: Einstein Bros Bagels, Great Harvest Bread Co., La Madeleine, McAlister’s Deli

After the Storm:
Disaster restoration franchises

Finalists: 911 Restoration, Paul Davis Restoration, Rainbow International, Restoration 1

Sweat It Out:
Boutique fitness franchises

Finalists: 9Round, CycleBar, The Camp Transformation Center, Title Boxing Club

Game, Set, Match:
Sports bars

Finalists: Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, Hooters, Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse Pizza, Twin Peaks

Cut & Dry:
Lawn care & painting franchises

Finalists: CertaPro Painters, Five Star Painting, The Grounds Guys, Spring-Green Lawn Care

Help Wanted: Employment/staffing franchises

Finalists: Express Employment Professionals, Link Staffing Services, PrideStaff, Spherion

Quick Flip:
QSR burger restaurants

Finalists: Carl’s Jr., Culver’s, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Wendy’s

Window Shopping:
Retail franchises

Finalists: Fleet Feet, uBreakiFix, Wild Birds Unlimited, Wireless Zone

Around the House:
Home repair franchises

Finalists: Precision Door Service, Screenmobile, Mr. Handyman, The Glass Guru

Bring It Home:
Delivery/takeout pizza

Finalists: Donatos Pizza, Hungry Howie’s, Pizza Factory, Toppers Pizza

'Zor Awards Introduction

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