Rank:
116
Country
United States of America
Total Units:
835
Industry:
Retail: Clothing and Footwear
Year established:
1968
Year franchising:
1971
Total Countries:
40
Website:
www.esprit.com

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Methodology Franchise Top 500

November 20, 2008 / TOP 500 ARTICLE
Franchise Direct has identified the Top 500 biggest franchise opportunities operating across Europe. This year's list is based on the number of units the franchise currently operates in Europe. To arrive at this figure we referred to several European Franchise Association Web sites as well as numerous franchise directories. We verified the figure by referring to the franchise's own Web site.... Read more.

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August 26, 2008 / TOP 500 ARTICLE
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August 26, 2008 / TOP 500 ARTICLE
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