Who Owns Who in Franchising? Over 50 of the Most Popular Franchise Parent Companies

It is prevalent for businesses to be run by what is known as a parent company when it comes to […]

It is prevalent for businesses to be run by what is known as a parent company when it comes to businesses. In recent years, there have been numerous reports of merging and acquisitions in franchising. Because of this, it wouldn’t be at all very surprising if you lose track of who is the owner of such famous franchises and who their sibling franchises could be. 

 

Given below are 50 of the most famous parent companies and the franchises they technically owned. 

 

 

Authority Brand – was first started in 2017 and headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. With over a thousand locations throughout the United States, Authority brand is the parent company of several well-known home service companies, including: 

 

  • Mister Sparky 
  • ASP – America’s Swimming Pool 
  • STOP Restoration 
  • Mosquito Squad 
  • Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 
  • One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning 
  • The Cleaning Authority 
  • DoodyCalls 
  • Homewatch CareGivers 
  • Monster Tree Service 

 

 

BELFOR Franchise– It was first launched in 2009 and initially headquartered at Birmingham, Michigan. Considered as one of the largest franchisors in the United States, the BELFOR franchise group owns several franchises focusing on Home Service and Maintenance. 

 

  • Blue Kangaroo Packouz 
  • 1-800-Water-Damage 
  • Delta 
  • THE PATCH BAYS 
  • Chem-Dry 
  • DUCTS 
  • N-Hance 
  • Z PLUMBERS  
  • HOODZ 

 

 

Best Life Brands – It was recently started in 2019 at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Best Life Brands is a parent company with franchises focusing on Senior Care, Home Care, and Health Care. Best Life Brands is still considered as a growing parent company and is focusing on acquiring other franchises, but here are the brands that they currently own: 

 

  • ComForCare 
  • At Your Side 
  • CarePatrol 
  • Blue Moon Estate Sales 
  • Boost Home Healthcare 

 

Bloomin’ Brands – Was first launched way back in 1988 in Tampa, Florida. Bloomin’ Brands is one of the oldest and largest companies tackling the food industry, specifically casual dining restaurants. Bloomin’ Brands has a team of more than 77,000 members and more than 1400 restaurants all throughout the United States. Since the company’s initial launch, it has continually grown and now owns a couple of franchises, including: 

 

 

  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill 
  • Bonefish Grill 
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar 
  • Aussie Grill by Outback 

 

Brinker International Inc. was formed in 1991 in Dallas, Texas, and was founded by Norman Brinker. With over 1,600 restaurants across 29 different countries, it is no wonder that Brinker International is considered one of the world’s most well-known parent companies that handle casual dining restaurants. Brands being handled by Brinker International includes: 

 

  • Chili’s 
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy 

 

BuzzFeed Franchise Brands was initially launched in 2012 and is headquartered at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Buzz Franchise Brands began its journey with only 5 team members and started as a humble mosquito control company. Still, now it is one of the largest multi-brand franchising companies in the United States. Brands that are under Buzz Franchise Brands include: 

 

  • Pool Scouts 
  • Home Clean Heroes 
  • British Swim School 

 

 

CKE Restaurants Holdings – It was founded in 1966 by Carl Karcher. Its current headquarters is situated in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. CKE Restaurants is one of the oldest parent corporations that handle restaurant franchises. As of 2020, CKE has operated in about 44 US states and 43 different countries. Some of the brands that are under CKE Restaurants would include: 

 

  • Carl’s Jr 
  • Hardee’s 
  • Green Burrito 
  • Red Burrito 

 

Clean Franchise Brands – It was recently founded in 2021 and is currently headquartered in Naples, Florida. Currently, the company is handling around 50 employees and is focusing on the retail industry, specifically in the dry cleaning and laundry industry. Here are the brands being currently owned by Clean Franchise Brands: 

 

  • Lapels Dry Cleaning 
  • Martinizing 
  • 1-800-DryClean 
  • Pressed4Time 
  • Dry Cleaning Station 
  • Bizziebox 

 

Dessange International – It was first founded in 1954 in Paris, France. Dessange International is a parent company that specializes in franchising health and beauty companies. The companies that are currently under Dessange International include: 

 

  • Dessange 
  • Camille Albane 
  • Fantastic Sams 
  • Phytodess 
  • Coiff’Idis 

 

Dine Brands Global was initially launched in 1958 at Toluca Lake, California, but the headquarters is now located in Glendale, California, United States. Dine Brands Global is a company that is focusing on the food and beverage industry and also operates two well-known restaurants, namely: 

 

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar 
  • IHOP – International House of Pancakes 

 

Driven Brands – It started in 1972 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Driven Brands is one of the top automotive franchising companies in the United States. Now, Driven Brands owns more than 4100 locations all across North America and 14 other countries. Brands that belong to Driven Brands include: 

 

  • CARSTAR 
  • Merlin 
  • Drive N’ Style 
  • Driven Florida Lubes 
  • Econo Lube N’ Tune & Brakes 
  • Pro Oil Change 
  • Take 5 Oil Change 
  • Maaco 
  • Meineke 
  • 1-800-Radiator and A/C 

 

Empire Franchise Group – It was founded in 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Empire Franchising group is a multi-brand franchising company and deals with various industries. Some of the brands that Empire Franchise Group is operating would include: 

 

  • Barry’s Cheesesteaks 
  • Peño Grill 
  • Burrito Shak 
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery 
  • Thumbs Up Diner 
  • We Clean Dumpsters 
  • Roll On In Sushi Burritos & Bowls 
  • The Float Spa X 
  • Mr. Bagel Meister 
  • No Grease Barbershop 

 

FirstService Brand – It was founded back in 1989 at Audubon, Pennsylvania. FirstService Brand owns several franchises of home service companies. The well-known brands that FirstService has to offer include: 

 

  • California Closets  
  • Pillar To Post Home Inspectors 
  • Floor Coverings International 
  • CertaPro Painters 
  • Paul Davis 

 

FOCUS Brands –  It was first formed in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. FOCUS Brands focuses mostly on having franchises for restaurant companies, including: 

 

  • Jamba Juice 
  • Auntie Anne’s 
  • Schlotzsky’s 
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill 
  • Carvel 
  • McAlister’s Deli 
  • Cinnabon 

 

Franchise Group Inc. – It was first formed in 1997 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Franchise Group Inc. is a company that owns numerous retail businesses and businesses specializing in tax preparation. Franchise Group Inc. is regarded as one of the largest tax preparation franchises in the United States. The brands that Franchise Group Inc. owns include: 

 

  • American Freight 
  • The Vitamin Shoppe 
  • Pet Supplies Plus 
  • Liberty Tax Service 
  • Buddy’s Home Furnishings 

FSI – Franchise Service Inc. – It started in 1996 in Mission Viejo, California. FSI or Franchise Service Inc. Most of the brands that belong to FSI are companies that deal with printing, signing, and copying, such as: 

 

  • PIP – Postal Instant Press 
  • Multicopy 
  • TeamLogic IT 
  • Sir Speedy 
  • Signal Graphics 

 

FSBI – Franchise Source Brands International – It started around the early 1990s in Southbury, Connecticut. FSBI or Franchise Source Brands International has been considered as the pioneering group in terms of innovation in franchising. With its multiple franchise brands, FSBI is considered one of the largest multi-brand companies throughout the United States. Below are the brands under FSBI: 

 

  • The Entrepreneur’s Source 
  • Expense Reduction Coaching 
  • DigiKids 
  • Décor&You 
  • Business Partner Marketing Coach 
  • AdviCoach 

 

Global Franchise Group – It was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The brands that Global Franchise Group owns are mainly dealing in the food industry. Global Franchise Group is a known affiliate of the Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital LLP. Below are the brands that Global Franchise Group owns: 

 

  • Round Table Pizza 
  • Pretzelmaker 
  • MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery 
  • Marble Slab Creamery 
  • Hot Dog on a Stick 
  • Great American Cookies 

 

GFO – Global Franchise Opportunities – It started in 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The brands under Global Franchise Opportunities specialize in both home service and senior care. Under Global Franchise Opportunities, you will be able to find brands such as: 

 

  • iCare Home Care 
  • iHandyMan 
  • A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections 

 

 

GOSH Enterprises Inc. – It started way back in 1986 in Columbus, Ohio. Most of the brands under GOSH Enterprises are well-known restaurants such as: 

 

  • Solar Planet 
  • Charley’s Kids 
  • Lenny’s Grill and Subs 
  • Bibibop Asian Grill 
  • Charles 

 

Happiness Brands – It is known to have started around 2019 at Holmdel, New Jersey. Happiness Brands is known to handle brands in the home services industry. The most well-known brands that are under Happinest Brands include: 

 

  • Mosquito Hunters 
  • Lawn Doctor Doctor 
  • Ecomaids 

 

 

Harris Research Inc. – It was founded in 1977 in Logan, Utah. Harris Research Inc. is actually known to be one of the largest franchises in the world, with over 3,500 locations spread throughout in more than 50 countries. Brands under Harris Research Inc. would include: 

 

  • NHance Wood Furnishing 
  • Delta Disaster Services 
  • ChemDry 

 

 

HFC – Home Franchise Concepts – It was formed back in 2006 in Irvine, California. Still, in July 2019, JM Family Enterprises Inc. bought the company. Specializing in-home services, HFC has brands like: 

 

  • Tailored Living 
  • Kitchen Tune-Up 
  • Concrete Craft 
  • Budget Blinds 
  • AdvantaClean 

 

 

Inspire Brands – It started in 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company with numerous well-known restaurants owned. Some of the brands that Inspire Brands own include: 

 

  • Arby’s 
  • Sonic Drive-in 
  • Rusty Taco 
  • Mister Donut 
  • Jimmy John’s 
  • Dunkin’ 
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 
  • Baskin Robbins 

 

Jollibee Foods Corporation – It started in 1978 in the city of Pasig in the Philippines. Jollibee Foods Corporation has managed to own several well-known restaurants in the Philippines, including: 

 

  • Chowking 
  • Greenwich 
  • Hong Zhuang Yuan 
  • Jollibee 
  • Mang Inasal 
  • Red Ribbon 
  • Smashburger 
  • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 
  • Yonghe King 

  

Kahala Brands – It was formed in 1981 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Most of the franchise brand that Kahala Brands own are in the food industry like the following: 

 

  • The Counter: Customer Burgers 
  • Thai Express 
  • Tasti D-Lite 
  • Taco Time 
  • Sweet frog Premium Frozen Yoghurt 
  • Surf City Squeeze 
  • Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill 
  • Rollerz Rolled Sandwiches 
  • Ranch One: Chicken Made Fresh 
  • Planet Smoothie 
  • Pinkberry 
  • NrGize Lifestyle Café 
  • Mucho Burrito Fresh Mexican Grill 
  • Maul Wow! Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies 
  • La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill 
  • Kahala Coffee Traders 
  • Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria 
  • Great Steak 
  • GrabbaGreen 
  • Ginger Sushi Boutique 
  • Frullati Café and Bakery 
  • Extreme Pita 
  • Cold Stone Creamery 
  • Cereality Cereal Bar and Café 
  • Built (Custom Burgers) 
  • Blimpie 
  • Baja Fresh 
  • America’s Taco Shop 

 

 

Look Good Brands – It recently opened in 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Look Good Brands started when the founders of Deka Lash managed to acquire Legends Boxing. The brands under Look Good Brands include: 

 

  • Deka Lash 
  • Legends Boxing 

 

 

Luxottica – It was formed in 1981 in Milan, Italy. Besides being one of the largest eyewear companies, Luxottica is also best known for its healthcare and retail industry brands. Some of the brands you may come across with Luxottica includes: 

 

  • LensCrafters 
  • Pearle Vision 

 

Moran Family of Brands – It opened in 1990 in Midlothian, Illinois. Most of the brands that are under Moran Family of Brands are companies that handle automotive repair and parts, such as the following: 

 

  • Turbo Tint 
  • Smart View Window Solution 
  • Multistate Transmissions 
  • Mr. Transmission 
  • Milex Complete Auto Care 
  • Dr. Nick’s Transmissions 
  • Alta Mere: The Automotive Outfitters 

 

MTY Group – It first started back in 1979 in Saint Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. MTY Group is a Canadian franchisor of various restaurants and operates more than 70 brand names. Here are but some of the various brands that MTY Group owns: 

 

  • Van Houtte 
  • Vie & Nam 
  • Villa Madina 
  • Wasabi Grill and Noodle 
  • Yuzu Sushi 
  • Tosto 
  • Tutti Frutti (Canada only) 
  • Turtle Jack’s 

 

 

Neighborly Inc. – It was founded in 1981 in Waco, Texas. Neighborly Inc. was actually formerly known as the Dwyer Group, but it changed its name in 2018. Neighborly is actually home to more than 20 various brands, mostly in the home service industry. The brands that Neighborly owns would include the following: 

 

  • AireServ 
  • Bright & Beautiful 
  • Countrywide Grounds Maintenance 
  • Drain Doctor Plumbing 
  • Dream Doors 
  • Dryer Vent Wizard 
  • Five Star Painting 
  • Glass Doctor 
  • Grounds Guys 
  • HouseMaster 
  • Located 
  • Molly Maid 
  • Mosquito Joe 
  • Mr. Appliance 
  • Mr. Electric 
  • Mr. Handyman 
  • Mr. Rooter 
  • Portland Glass 
  • Precision Door Service 
  • Protect Painters 
  • Rainbow International Restoration 
  • Real Property Management 
  • ShelfGenie 
  • Window Genie 

 

 

O2E Brands – It opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 2015. O2E Brands mostly have franchises for home service companies such as: 

 

  • 1-800-GOT-JUNK? 
  • Shack Shine 
  • WOW 1 Day Painting 

 

Outdoor Living Brands – It was founded in 2008 in Richmond, Virginia. Most of the franchise brands in Outdoor Living Brands would include home services companies. Below are the brands that Outdoor Living Brands own: 

 

  • Renew Crew 
  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives 
  • Conserva Irrigation 
  • Archadeck Outdoor Living 

 

 

Panera Brands – It recently opened in 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. Brands under Panera Brands are mostly coffee and pastries companies such as: 

 

  • Caribou Coffee 
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels 
  • Panera Bread 

 

Premium Service Brands – It was formed back in 2005 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Premium Service Brands is known to be one of the largest franchisors in the United States. The franchise brands that Premium Service have to include the following: 

 

  • Pro-Lift Doors 
  • Maid Right 
  • Kitchen Wise 
  • Handyman Pro 
  • 360 Painting 

 

Propelled Brands –  It started in 2021 at Carrollton, Texas. Propelled Brands was actually founded at the time when FASTSIGNS International Inc. purchased the rights for NerdsToGo. These are the brands that Propelled Brands currently own: 

 

  • NerdsToGo 
  • FASTSIGNS 

 

 

RAVE Restaurant Group –It was founded in 1958 in The Colony, Texas, and its main franchise would tackle the food industry. The two brands that RAVE Restaurant Group owns include: 

 

  • Pie Five Pizza 
  • Pizza Inn 

 

Realogy – It opened in 2006 in Madison, New Jersey. Realogy is a real estate franchisor company and is considered the world’s largest. There are currently six brands that are under Realogy, namely: 

 

  • Sotheby’s International Realty 
  • ERA 
  • Coldwell Banker Residential 
  • Coldwell Banker Commercial 
  • Century 21 
  • Better Homes and Garden Real Estate 

 

Regis Corporation – It was formed way back in 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regis was known back then as Kunin Beauty Salon, but by 1958, it changed its name to Regis. There are more than 25 brands that are under Regis Corporation: 

 

  • Beauty Supply Outlet 
  • Best Cuts 
  • BoRics 
  • Carlton Hair 
  • City Looks Salons 
  • Cool Cuts 4 Kids 
  • Cost Cutters 
  • Famous Hair 
  • Fiesta Salons 
  • First Choice HairCutters 
  • HairCrafters 
  • Head Start Haircare 
  • Holiday Hair 
  • Island Haircutting Co. 
  • Magicuts 
  • MasterCuts 
  • Pro-Cuts 
  • Regis Salons 
  • Roosters Men’s Grooming Center 
  • Sassoon 
  • Saturday’s Hair Salon 
  • Smartstyle 
  • Style America 
  • SuperCuts 
  • TGF Hair Salon 
  • We Care Hair 

 

RBI – Restaurant Brands International – It was founded in 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Currently, RBI is owned by 3 major companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Pershing Square, and the largest shareholder, 3G Capital. Companies under RBI are in the food industry like: 

 

  • Burger King 
  • Tim Hortons 
  • Popeyes 

 

Self Esteem Brands – It started in 2002 in Woodbury, Minnesota. Brands involved in Self Esteem Brands are usually in the Fitness, Healthy, and Beauty industries. The brands are as follows: 

 

  • Anytime Fitness 
  • Basecamp 
  • Waxing the City 
  • The Bar Method 

 

Service Master – It started way back in 1929 at Memphis, Tennessee. Originally, Service Master was founded as a moth-proofing company but managed to pile up numerous home service companies over the years. Service Master currently holds ownership of the following brands: 

 

  • Two Men and a Truck 
  • ServiceMaster Restore 
  • ServiceMaster Clean 
  • Merry Maids 
  • Furniture Medic 
  • AmeriSpec 

 

Stellar Brands – It’s a recently founded company in Waco, Texas. This budding company has already gained many different home service franchises. Some of the brands owned by Stellar Brands include: 

 

  • Bluefrog Plumbing plus Drain 
  • Restoration 1 
  • The Driveway Company 

 

Strategic Franchising – It was originally founded in 1994 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Strategic Franchising is one of the largest multi-brand franchisors across the United States. The brands that Strategic Franchising currently owns would include the following: 

 

  • TruBlue 
  • Pet Wants 
  • The Growth Coach 
  • Fresh Coat 
  • Caring Transitions 

 

Sweet Brands International – It was formed in 2008 in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Sweet Brands International has a hold of some well-known coffee and pastry companies such as: 

 

  • Decadent, A Coffee and Dessert Bar 
  • Smallcakes, A Cupcakery and Creamery 
  • Southern Charm Gelato 

 

TBC Corporation – It started in 1956 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The main franchise that TBC Corporation owns is mostly in the automotive industry. Here are the following franchises that they currently own: 

 

  • Big O Tires 
  • Midas 
  • Tire America 
  • Tire Kingdom 
  • National Tire and Battery 
  • TBC Brands 
  • National Tire Wholesale 
  • TBC International 
  • TBC de Mexico 

 

 

United Franchise Group – It started in 1987 and was headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. The United Franchise Group handles various kinds of companies such as the following: 

 

  • Accurate Franchising 
  • Franchise Real Estate 
  • Network Lead Exchange 
  • VentureX 
  • Transworld Business Advisors 
  • The Great Greek Grill 
  • SuperGreen Solutions 
  • Signarama 
  • Jon Smith Subs 
  • Fully Promoted 
  • Experimax 

 

 

Wellbiz Brands Inc. – It started in Englewood, Colorado, in 1983. Allbiz Brands focuses on companies that are related to the Health, Beauty, and Fitness industry. These are the brands that are currently under Wellbiz Brands Inc.: 

 

  • Lunchbox Wax 
  • Fitness Together 
  • Elements Massage 
  • Drybar 
  • Amazing Lash Studio 

 

Winmark Corporation – It was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1988. Although the name now is Winmark Corporation, it was famously known as Grow Biz International back then. The brands that Winmark currently owns include: 

 

  • Style Encore 
  • Play It Again Sports 
  • Plato’s Closet 
  • Once upon a Child 
  • Music Go Round 

 

 

Xponential Fitness – It started in 2017 at Irvine, California. Xponential Fitness is a parent company of numerous fitness brands such as: 

 

  • AKT – Anna Kaiser Technique 
  • Club Pilates 
  • CycleBar 
  • Pure Barre 
  • Row House 
  • Rumble 
  • StretchLab 
  • Stride 
  • YogaSix