It is generally agreed by most small business experts and lenders that starting a franchise is safer than starting an independent business. However franchise businesses do fail, and some fail quite regularly. And some franchise categories and particular concepts do appear have a much higher failure rate than others. Its been my experience that fast food related franchises including juice bars an Ice cream shops do seem have a higher failure rate that other categories like service related franchises. You can view a list here of some popular franchises that have some of the relatively highest failure rates according to SBA franchise loan default statistics.