Anyone can start a business, but it takes a unique entrepreneur to turn it into a franchise. After all, hamburger stands dotted the interstate for years, but it took Ray Kroc to dream up McDonald's.
Not everyone is cut from that cloth. For every Best Buy there's a Radio Shack; for every Pizza Hut there's a Sbarro's — and public relations kerfuffles notwithstanding, for every Subway there's a Quiznos. So what separates the former from the latter?
No one really knows. There's no surefire formula, and many businesses that must have seemed like can't-miss propositions disappeared with a whimper, their dreams of global domination crushed. By the same token, some entrepreneurs dream up successful franchises based on ideas that few would bet on.
What follows is a list of entrepreneurs who not only figured it out but did it with ideas that openly defied logic. These businesses span multiple sectors of the economy, from clothing to food service to pet care, and all of them found success as franchises, or at least they seem to be on the cusp of doing so.
CNBC.com presents 10 unusual franchises that you won't believe actually exist.
— By Dan Bukszpan, special to CNBC.com
Posted 12 May 2016