20 Dec Two of our favorite franchise success stories
The history of franchising is filled with rags-to-riches stories. A lot of these stories have made their way into the modern business lore hall of fame, and for good reason.
Many of these famous franchise founders are virtual unknowns, but we are going to change that today. There were a lot of candidates to choose from, but here are our top two favorites.
Anne Beiler and Auntie Anne’s
Ann Beiler – believe it or not – was born into an Amish family. Out of the eight children in her house, Beiler was the bread maker. Little did she know this would be a taste of things to come, quite literally.
After the accidental death of her daughter in a farm accident, Beiler started Auntie Anne’s Hand Rolled Soft Pretzels to support those affected by tragedy. Before she sold the company, they had expanded to 1,000 locations and can now count such famous names as Shaquile O’Neill as franchise owners.
Henry and Richard Block of H&R Block
We bet you had no idea that H&R Block’s namesake stands for the Block brothers, who decided to start a family business after World War II. In an interesting twist, the IRS stopped income tax preparation services in New York and Kansas in 1955, so the Block brothers jumped at the opportunity.
Today, H&R Block Tax Services counts over 20 million clients spread across 12,500 locations worldwide. In fact, it’s the only “seasonal business” to appear in the Fortune 500.
Certainly there are more tales of franchise success, but these two were our favorites! We hope you enjoyed reading about them as much as we enjoyed writing about them.