Top Global Retail Franchises 2016-2009: The Best Franchise Chains

Best Retail Franchise Financial Performance, Social Responsibility and Support

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The top global retail franchises that have been ranked to be the "best" franchises in the world in 2016 are not just the franchises that make the most money, Specifically for the world's best franchises that are part of the global retail industry, it's a combination of best performance and best practices and a demonstrated expertise in operating successfully in different cultures and retail environments that have also helped them win their Top 100 Franchise recognition for the past decade.



The annual list of Top 100 Global Franchises compiled by FranchiseDirect.com is also based on the best financial performance, social and environmental responsibility, and franchisee support, according to the listmakers at FranchiseDirect.com.

What follows is a comparison chart of retail franchises that were ranked as the best in the world every year between 2009 and 2016. The list is arranged alphabetically by company name. The number listed by each year is the ranking number assigned to the franchise by FranchiseDirect, compared to a total of 100 franchises from all industries.

Best Retail Global Franchises - 2009 - 2015 Rankings of Top Retail Franchises:


5àSec - France
2016 - 80

2015 - 87

– US
2016 - 6
2015 - 5
2014 - 5
2013 - 2
2012 - 4
2011 – 4
2010 – 5
2009 - 3

100 Montaditos - Spain
2016 - 52

2015 - 70

A&W Restaurants – US
2015 - 99
2013 - 68
2012 - 54
2011 – 57
2010 – 44
2009 - 8

Ace Hardware – US
2016 - 28

2015 - 8
2013 - 9
2012 - 8
2011 – 17
2010 – 13

ampm Mini Market – US
2013 - 49
2012 - 32
2011 – 13
2010 – 18
2009 – 21

Applebee's
2015 - 88

Arby's – US
2016 - 79

2015 - 60
2013 - 62
2012 - 57
2011 – 50
2010 – 52
2009 – 26

Auntie Anne's Pretzels - US
2016 - 81
2015 - 46
2013 - 37
2012 - 73
2009 - 41


Baskin-Robbins – US
2016 - 18

2015 - 21
2013 - 22
2012 - 15
2011 – 26
2010 - 36

Ben & Jerry's – US
2015 - 96
2013 - 66
2012 - 56
2011 – 61
2010 - 55
2009 - 43

Budget Blinds – US
2013 - N/A
2012 - 88
2011 – 85
2010 – 91
2009 - 73

– US
2016 - 4
2015 - 4
2014 - 4
2013 - 5
2012 – 5
2011 – 5
2010 – 4
2009 - 7

Carrefour – France
2016 - 16
2015 - 13
2014 - 38

Cartridge World – Australia
2016 - 78

2015 - 82
2013 - 61
2012 - 46
2010 – 33
2009 – 27

Chester's International - US
2009 - 50

Chili's
2016 - 71


Church's Chicken – US
2010 - 78

Cinnabon – US
2016 - 54

2015 - 62
2014 - 48
2013 - 59
2012 - 49
2011 – 56
2010 – 63
2009 - 60

Circle K – US
2016 - 25

2015 - 29
2014 - 14
2013 - 34
2012 - 16
2011 – 15
2010 – 34
2009 - 13

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – US
2016 - 73

2015 - 74
2014 - 45

Coffee News USACanada
2010 - 96

Cold Stone Creamery - US
2015 - 89
2013 - 67
2012 - 45
2011 – 49
2010 – 62
2009 - 16

Dairy Queen – US
2016 - 32

2015 - 33
2013 - 23
2012 - 31
2011 – 29
2010 – 28
2009 - 34

Denny's - US
2016 - 95

2015 - 63
2013 - 63
2012 - 58

DIA – Spain
2016 - 19

2013 - 15
2012 - 25
2011 – 21

– US
2016 - 11
2015 - 17
2014 - 12
2013 - 19
2012 - 19
2011 – 14
2010 - 45

Dunkin’ Donuts – US
2016 - 13

2015 - 14
2014 - 9
2013 - 14
2012 - 9
2011 – 12

Edible Arrangements - US
2016 - 69

2015 - 75
2013 - 80
2012 - 84
2011 – 48
2009 - 37

EmbroidMe – US
2013 - 97
2011 – 93

GNC Live Well – US
2016 - 17
2015 - 11
2014 - 7
2013 - 11
2012 - 14
2011 – 16
2010 – 24

GolfTec - US
2011 – N/A
2009 - 46

Groupe Auchan - France
2016 - 29

2015 - 35

Groupe Casino - France
2016 - 12

Gymboree – US
2013 - N/A
2012 - 81
2011 – 62
2010 – 66
2009 - 66

Hardee's – US
2016 - 39

2015 - 47
2013 - 60
2012 - 58
2011 – 54
2010 - 37

Husse - Sweden
2016 - 96

2015 - 83

IHOP
2016 - 87

2015 - 66

Johnny Rockets - US
2015 - 97
2013 - 83
2012 - 83

KFC – US
2016 - 3
2015 - 3
2014 - 3
2013 - 4
2012 - 3
2011 – 3
2010 – 3
2009 - 6

Little Caesars
2016 - 31

2015 - 67

Long John Silver's – US
2016 - 100

2015 - 57
2013 - 68
2012 - 61
2011 – 46
2010 – 29
2009 - 23

McDonald's – US
2016 - 1
2015 - 2
2014 - 2
2013 - 3
2012 - 2
2011 – 2
2010 – 1
2009 - 1

Merle Norman Cosmetics – US
2013 - 88
2012 - 79
2011 – 64
2010 – 74
2009 - 40

Moe's Southwest Grill – US
2013 - 85
2012 - 85
2011 – 68
2010 – 61
2009 - 89

Nathan's Famous – US
2013 - N/A
2012 - 94
2011 – 99
2010 - 94

Naturhouse – Spain
2016 - 47

2015 - 72
2014 - 41
2013 - 91
2012 - 62
2010 – 77
2009 - 10

Panera Bread Bakery - Cafe
2016 - 64


Papa Johns – US
2016 - 21

2015 - 24
2014 - 31
2013 - 24
2012 - 24
2011 – 23
2010 – 42
2009 - 71

– US
2013 - 98
2012 - 71
2011 – 72
2010 – 88
2009 - 92

Pita Pit – Canada
2016 - 70

2015 - 81
2013 - 87
2012 - 80
2011 – 51
2010 – 43
2009 - 49

Pizza Hut – US
2016 - 5
2015 - 7
2014 - 6
2013 - 6
2012 - 5
2011 – 7
2010 – 7
2009 - 5

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
2016 - 68

2015 - 43

Schlotzsky’s – US
2011 – 95
2010 – 79
2009 - 98

Smoothie King – US
2016 - 72

2015 - 69
2014 - 50
2013 - 65
2012 - N/A
2011 – 81
2010 – 76
2009 - 99

Snap-On Tools – US
2016 - 27

2015 - 25
2013 - 20
2012 - 11
2010 – 8
2009 - 29

Subway Sandwiches – US
2016 - 2
2015 - 1
2014 - 1
2013 - 1
2012 - 1
2011 – 1
2010 – 2
2009 - 2

TAF - US
2011 – 98
2010 – 85
2009 - 52

Taco Bell – US
2016 - 15

2015 - 19
2014 - 21
2013 - 17
2012 - 21
2011 – 20
2010 – 9
2009 - 18

TeaGschwendner Germany – US
2011 – 92
2010 - 75

Tim Hortons – Canada
2016 - 42

2015 - 22
2014 - 32
2013 - 18
2012 - 20
2011 – 22
2010 – 25
2009 - 12

UPS Store
2016 - 33

2015 - 65

VOM FASS
2016 - 92

2015 - 77

Wendy’s – US
2016 - 43

2015 - 27
2013 - 41
2012 - 23
2011 – 25

Yogen Fruz – Canada
2016 - 77

2015 - 53
2014 - 33
2013 - 32
2012 - 38
2011 – 44
2010 - 15