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Number of franchise establishments in the U.S. 2007-2018

Number of franchise establishments in the United States from 2007 to 2018**

by E. Mazareanu, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of franchise establishments in the U.S. 2007-2018 In 2017, there were 745,290 franchise establishments in the United States. Franchising is a business concept where a franchisee is contractually permitted to use the franchisor’s ideas and business model.
Franchising in the U.S.

The franchise industry in the United States allows for companies to put licenses on their brand and distribute to a separate business. These smaller businesses work under the title of the bigger company. Franchises are available through different types of establishments. However, the franchise industry is most commonly known for its fast food sector. 30 percent of those interested in opening a franchise in the United States indicated that they are most interested in opening a quick service fast food franchise. In 2017, the economic output of franchise establishments in the United States was about 713.2 billion U.S. dollars. Contributing to the economic output of franchise establishments in the United States, were about 7.88 million people who worked for a franchise business.

Leading U.S.-based franchises

The most famous yet most lucrative U.S. based franchise is McDonald’s, bringing in just under 91 billion U.S. dollars in sales. Following McDonald’s was 7-Eleven, collecting 85 billion U.S. dollars in sales. In 2018, McDonald’s generated 11 billion U.S. dollars in revenue from its franchised restaurants. The first step in contributing to McDonald’s economic franchise success is the startup cost.
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Number of franchise establishments in the United States from 2007 to 2018**

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