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Contact:          Deana Van Doren

                        Destination Athlete

                        [email protected]





Clinton, NJ– DESTINATION ATHLETE® recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks DESTINATION ATHLETE® as 282 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. 

Destination Athlete® Founder and Chairman, Doug Dickison states “We are elated to be recognized as a top franchisor for a fourth straight year by Entrepreneur.  Our team has worked hard to become the “Leader in the Team Sports Market.”   We could not be more proud.”  


"The 500 companies on this list all have something in common: They understand what consumers want now,” says Entrepreneureditor in chief Jason Feifer. “They may be an upstart in a brand-new category, or they may be a brand like Dunkin’ that’s ranked highly on our list for decades. But either way, making our list means they’re forward-thinking, nimble, and closely in touch with their customers’ needs—because in an ever-changing business environment, that’s what a franchise must do to thrive."


The key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Over its 41 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Destination Athlete®’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity. 

To view Destination Athlete® in the full ranking, visit Results can also be seen in the January/February 2020 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 14th. 

Since their beginning in 2008, the purpose of Destination Athlete® has been to build better communities through athletes™. They exist to help youth, high school and college athletes get to their personal destination by providing a one-stop resource for everything team: sports and field equipment, uniforms, spirit wear, varsity jackets, fundraising solutions and more.  For more information, visit or call 866-ATHLETE.