Batteries Plus, No. 19 on the Dun & Bradstreet AllBusiness AllStar Franchise rankings, connects to a network of 515 stores in order to stock more than 40,000 types of batteries and light bulbs and ensure that customers can special order obscure parts. Their batteries range from dainty watch batteries to 5,000-pound leviathans that can power forklifts, and an on-site tech center can design and assemble custom batteries or rebuild old ones. A diverse array of chargers keep systems juiced, and the shop’s bulbs range from fluorescent tubes to heat lamps. To safeguard the environment, Batteries Plus's staff recycles all types of batteries and bulbs rather than hauling them to landfills or feeding them to each other.
Most people have been there, though few are proud to admit it—mere days before a birthday party or bridal shower, with no gift to speak of. Abundant Flowers takes the stress out of such last-minute predicaments with a full range of themed flower bouquets and gourmet baskets. Showing someone how much you care shouldn't be a chore, and the company seems to intuitively grasp this. They offer a convenient delivery service and safe online ordering 24 hours a day, so you can stay up late selecting a bouquet for that roommate who's always begging you to just go to sleep.
Since opening more than 40 years ago, the gurus at Anthony's TV & Appliance have outfitted area homes with furniture, appliances, and electronics from a carefully curated assortment of brands. Throughout the day, the crew bustles around the showroom’s glossy floors, answering customer questions and informing customers about wares from LG, Maytag, Simmons, and Eagle Industries. The shop also sends forth factory-trained techs armed with vast parts inventories to perform service and repair work on appliances that have been overworked or used as substitutes for bench-press barbells.
GNC transforms average Joes into their G.I. counterparts with more than 2,000 products geared toward a healthy lifestyle. Glorious gladiators can choose from a wide variety of vitamins and supplements for men, women, and children. Herbal supplements such as ginkgo-biloba capsules ($23.49 for a bottle of 100 capsules) can increase energy and squirrel-human telepathy. Sports stars looking to shine more brightly can beef up with plenty of sports-nutrition products such as BSN CellMass ($18.99), or trim down with diet tools including shakes, supplements and cellulite-scaping leafblowers. A wide array of beauty products, including Go Smile teeth-whitening toothpaste($16.00) and sibu Beauty sea daytime facial cream ($19.95), helps nutrition nuts keep skin vibrant, nails strong, and self-confidence silky and smooth.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' staff¬¬––known as fruit experts––arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning bouquets for all occasions. The experts customize their patrons' orders to suit any event, dipping fruits into semisweet or white chocolate to complete the arrangement. They select their chocolate-coated morsels from a range of fruits such as pineapples, granny smith apples, and juicy strawberries that—unlike fruit products sold by mummies—don't contain any preservatives. For birthdays and anniversaries, they personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.