ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Anytime Fitness, the #1 co-ed fitness club chain in the world, has opened its 1,000th club. Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness now has clubs operating in 46 states, Canada and Australia, serving nearly 600,000 members.
While other well-known fitness chains have recently scaled back their expansion plans or filed for bankruptcy, Anytime Fitness continues to grow at an impressive rate. In fact, in the past two months alone, Anytime Fitness has opened nearly 90 new clubs.
"In two or three years we'll have at least 2,500 clubs open in the U.S. and we'll have another 750 clubs open internationally," says Anytime Fitness CEO, Jeff Klinger. "Right now, we see incredible opportunities for international growth."
Before the end of 2009, Klinger predicts Anytime Fitness will have more than 30 clubs located in Canada and will open its first clubs in Italy and India. Additional international expansion plans include several European countries, the Middle East and Asia.
Why has Anytime Fitness flourished while other health clubs struggle? The key has been simultaneously keeping members and franchisees satisfied.
"From the very beginning, we've focused on providing members with a convenient and affordable fitness option in a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere," says Anytime Fitness co-founder, Chuck Runyon. "At the same time, we've worked hard to provide our franchisees with a business model that allows them the freedom to enjoy their personal lives. Now that we have more than 1,000 clubs -- and a policy that allows members to join one club and use them all -- the value of an Anytime Fitness membership is even greater."
Despite the current economic climate and bucking the trend in the fitness
industry, the average membership growth for Anytime Fitness clubs open at
least one year is 8.3 percent -- 625 members at the end of 2007
|SOURCE Anytime Fitness|
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