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Entries in franchising (11)

Friday
Nov142014

Planet Fitness Expanding North to Canada

With more than 850 locations in the United States, Planet Fitness is planning to move north across the border.

The Newington, N.H.-based discount chain has plans to open in Toronto in December.

"Canada represents a huge opportunity for Planet Fitness, as we believe that the value, quality, and non-intimidating atmosphere we provide members is truly unmatched by any other gym in the industry," said Chris Rondeau, CEO and co-founder of Planet Fitness. "We are confident that our winning formula will resonate with Canadians and shake up the fitness landscape."

There are also talks about franchising. According to a recent press release, 10 groups are interested in purchasing 150 clubs.

For more, read the press release.

Monday
Sep082014

Step Ahead Fitness to expand via franchising

Step Ahead Fitness, a Colombian chain of functional training centers owned by brothers Andrés and Alberto Gaitán, is preparing to expand, via franchising, into new markets in Latin America and the U.S.

The company currently has 13 sites in the cities of Bogotá, Cali, Chia, and Cartagena, which range in size from 1,076 to 2,152 square feet. The facilities provide personalized training services in a family atmosphere, limiting sessions to a maximum of four members per coach. Memberships cost $100 to $325 a month.

The Gaitán brothers lived in the U.S. for six years, and, during that time, they studied with Juan Carlos Santana, the founder of the Institute of Human Performance, in Boca Raton, Fla. In 2006, they introduced functional training to Colombia, opening the first Step Ahead Fitness facility.

Today, the company is researching new locations in Bogotá and, short-term, plans to expand in other Colombian cities such as Medellin, Barranquilla, and Bucaramanga. It also is studying the possibility of opening units in Argentina, Peru, Panama, Mexico, and the U.S.

Tuesday
Aug192014

Crunch opens upstate N.Y. location

Crunch, the health club chain known for its “No Judgments” philosophy and blending of fitness and entertainment, opened its first Hudson Valley, N.Y., location in June.

Located in Poughkeepsie, the 22,000-square-foot, two-story facility features new state-of-the art fitness equipment, supervised by nationally certified personal trainers; group fitness classes, including BodyWeb with TRX, BOSU Bootcamp, Zumba, and more; fully appointed locker rooms; a 2,700-square-foot group fitness studio; and Kids Crunch childcare. An online fitness and nutrition program powered by dotFIT, free tanning, and HydroMassage also are available.

“There’s no other fitness facility available that offers this much variety and value to its members,” says Crunch Poughkeepsie franchisee, Ed Kreuscher, a 20-year fitness industry veteran.

Headquartered in New York City, Crunch serves over 300,000 members with 84 gyms worldwide, including 53 franchise locations throughout the U.S. and Australia.

Friday
Jul112014

Crunch's first Bronx location a hit

Within six weeks of its opening in mid-March, a new Crunch franchise in Norwood, a neighborhood in the Bronx section of New York City, had signed up some 3,000 members, franchisee Assaf Gal notes with obvious satisfaction.

The new club embodied several “firsts.” It’s the first Crunch franchise in the Bronx, and the 29-year-old exercise aficionado’s first foray into the fitness business.

The 15,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, full-service locker rooms, tanning, and HydroMassage beds. A variety of Crunch’s signature group exercise classes - including BOSU Bootcamp, Yoga Body Sculpt, and BodyWeb with TRX - are conducted in its expansive group fitness studio. Certified personal trainers provide members with personalized workout and eating plans; access to an online fitness and nutrition portal helps members stay on track outside the club’s walls.

“The neighborhood has been so receptive,” Gal enthuses. “Our members are so pumped up about the fact that Crunch is in the Bronx. They love the classes, of course, but I didn’t realize how many people would use the tanning and HydroMassage.”

Based in New York City, Crunch has 88 clubs worldwide, including 57 franchise locations in the U.S. and Australia, that serve more than 300,000 members.

Monday
May122014

Another franchise - elements for women - hitting Middle East

elements for women is expanding to the Middle East, one of the hottest markets.

The franchise chain is bringing its BalanceDiet to Saudi Arabia for one of its largest facilities with an open-air construction, luxury amenities, spa, retail center and more.

elements recently opening in Canton, Mass., a Boston suburb, and soon will be in Las Vegas.

Visit CBI magazine for more.

Tuesday
Jan212014

Health club investment may be the hot trend

With the announcement at the end of the year that Anytime Fitness sat atop Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500, it is safe to assume that investors of all shapes and sizes and those wanting to own a franchise are salivating at the possibility of getting its hands on fitness clubs and businesses.

“Traditionally, fast-food companies have been at or near the top of the (Entrepreneur) rankings. The fact that a fitness club franchise is at the top of the list this year says a lot about societal trends and what franchising analysts believe consumers will be looking for in the years to come,” said Tom Gilles, director of franchise sales for Anytime Fitness, in a Franchise Chatter story.

Franchise Chatter expects industry growth and stronger franchise in the next five years:

  • A November 2013 report by IBISWorld market research firm shows the industry will benefit from health-conscious baby boomers signing up for club memberships.
  • Health club memberships increased from 47.7 million to an estimated 52.6 million during the past five years and will continue to grow.
  • One-fourth of club members are over 55 years old, which is the fastest-growing age group for memberships.
  • According to IHRSA, health clubs see 59 million people annually

The Franchise Chatter story has much more information.

Wednesday
Dec042013

Take your time opening a franchise

So you've decided to open a franchise and you want to swing open the doors by New Years. But, is that realistic, or even a smart move?

While fitness franchises have been deemed a good franchise choice, doing it quickly is not a good idea - as it isn't with opening any business.

Location, renovation, hiring staff and buying equipment are just a few of the items on what should be a pretty lengthy checklist to be completed prior to a grand opening.

Check out the America's Best Franchises story for more.

Monday
Nov252013

Cool milestone for French franchise

Keep Cool, the most recognized franchise in France, recently opened its 100th franchise.

The clubs are open seven days a week until 11 p.m and offer a wide variety of programs.

More details are available on the the Keep Cool website.

 

Monday
Sep162013

Crunch Fitness franchising shows plenty of success

As far as fitness club franchises go, Crunch Fitness probably is not the first one that comes to mind.

However, after more than 250 (up from the interview just a couple weeks ago) franchises issued in the past three years, the business that started in New York City will soon be known across the country.

Ben Midgley, president of Crunch Franchise, recently did an interview with CNN's Money Live! at the New York Franchise Expo, explaining the business model, what one gets with a membership, and more.

Monday
Oct172011

4th Grade Teacher ‘Partners with Peter’ 

By Patricia Glynn

Last week turned out to be an especially good one for Charlice Noble-Jones, a fourth-grade teacher from Albany, Georgia. In June, Noble-Jones, a widow and survivor of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, had entered the Partner with Peter competition sponsored by Snap Fitness, the Chanhassen, Minnesota-based fitness-franchise company.

On Friday, Noble-Jones learned that she’d won the grand prize.

She’ll receive a single franchise location, standard equipment for an average-sized club, security deposit for facility leasing, a $20,000 working-capital allowance, training at Snap headquarters, site selection help, and a dedicated account manager.

The aspiring 35-year-old entrepreneur was one of some 2,000 individuals who entered the contest, which was created by Peter Taunton, the founder and CEO of Snap. Noble-Jones stood out from the competition not only because she was one of the most promising, but also because she seemed one of the most deserving.

In her entry, she enumerated her qualifications and explained why she so passionately wanted to own a Snap Fitness franchise. After losing her husband to cancer, and after nearly losing her own life in the World Trade Center attack, she believed that winning would be the answer to her prayers: “I’ve been a widow and a single parent for three years. I want to own a franchise because of my why—my seven-year-old son, Preston. I pray daily for the opportunity and the strength to make a better life for us. If I win, I’ll finally feel I can exhale.”

Her presentation convinced Taunton that she was the right partner for his company. “I have no doubt that she’s going to become incredibly successful,” he says. “Her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and entrepreneurial spirit are what I love to see in a franchise owner.” Taunton himself will serve as her mentor and work with her, one-on-one, as her new club gets up and running.

Noble-Jones, for her part, admits that winning feels “Just amazing!

“I’ve always wanted to own my own business in the fitness industry,” she tells CBI Unbound. “To win a Snap Fitness franchise and partner with one of the best businessmen in the world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I feel that I'm about to live the life I was born to live. I'm extremely proud to be a member of the Snap Fitness franchise family.”

Snap Fitness currently has facilities in all 48 states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, the U.K., India, and Australia.