LUCAS, Ohio – For the third straight year, Town Money Saver (TMS) has been recognized as a top franchise by both Entrepreneur magazine and Franchise Business Review.

Placement in the Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, the world’s first and most comprehensive franchise ranking, is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry.

“To say we are honored is an understatement,” said Bill Zirzow, President and CEO of Town Money Saver. “To be recognized for the third time in as many years is a tremendous affirmation of all the things we’ve been working toward in the last few years.”

Coupled with the distinction from Entrepreneur, Town Money Saver also was named a Top 200 Franchise Opportunity and a Top 50 Franchise for franchisee satisfaction for the third year in a row by Franchise Business Review.

“To be totally honest, we’re kind of speechless,” Zirzow said. “To know that our franchisees are consistently happy with Town Money Saver and the opportunity we have provided them is incredible, and we hope to use this as continued motivation to pay it forward.”

Franchise Business Review, a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.

“There are thousands of different franchise opportunities available to prospective business owners today, with more popping up every day. It’s a great time to ‘be your own boss’ but it’s also important to do your homework to find the right fit,” says Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “Our independent research of franchisee satisfaction helps entrepreneurs discover the top franchise opportunities in every industry category – including fitness, travel, food, services, and retail. This year’s Franchisee Satisfaction Award winners truly are the best-of-the-best.”

TMS is a franchise that focuses on “easy and effective” advertising solutions for hometown businesses. Operating in its 27th year, TMS currently serves more than 150 communities in the Midwest with a monthly circulation of nearly 2.2 million.

Entrepreneur cites the key factors that go into the Franchise 500® 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 40 years in existence, Franchise 500 has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees.

To view the full ranking, visit Results can also be seen in the January/February 2019 issue of Entrepreneur.

in 2019, Franchise Business Review surveyed over 30,000 franchisees from 310 of today’s leading franchise brands to determine the best franchises.

TMS franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“To keep all these areas in our focus and improve them year to year while keeping our franchisees’ happiness a top priority is something we’re very proud of,” Zirzow said. “And we certainly don’t plan to change that focus any time in the near future.”

For information about a Town Money Saver franchise opportunity, call 800-481-8696 or visit

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