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Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans Throughout Ohio

Posted: February 4, 2020 in Chains

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COLUMBUS, OH – Anytime Fitness, one of world’s fastest-growing fitness franchises, recently announced plans to introduce over 30 new gyms in targeted areas throughout Ohio. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next two years.

Currently, there are nearly 80 thriving Anytime Fitness locations open throughout the state. Kickstarting this Ohio development push is a Wintersville, OH Anytime Fitness that opened in December 2019. With an open real estate market and multiple successful existing franchisees, Ohio is an obvious and attractive area for continued growth. Specifically, the world’s leading fitness brand is looking for motivated franchise partners to develop new locations throughout Columbus and Akron – all through single or multi-unit agreements.

Finding success in Ohio are multi-unit operators Larry Appell and David Sabo who joined the franchise system in 2013 and now own 20 Anytime Fitness gyms across the state. “We believe in the customer-oriented approach to the fitness industry that Anytime Fitness believes in. Many other boutique facilities under-service their customers through limited engagement, limited services, etc. whereas we believe there is an obligation to our members to help guide them to achieve their health and wellness goals,” said Sabo. “We’re in the people business, building connections in the communities we operate, and we’re seeing tremendous success with the support of the franchise team – the sky’s the limit for further growth as we plan to open an additional eight locations throughout Pennsylvania.”

The franchise development team at the corporate headquarters of Anytime Fitness (in Woodbury, MN) are looking for other qualified franchisees who share Sabo’s desire to help others.

“With proof of concept in the region and a neighborhood-focused culture that resonates perfectly with the supportive atmosphere of our gyms, we’re posed for explosive growth throughout the state,” said Tom Gilles, Director of Sales and Real Estate for Self Esteem Brands, “Growing our presence in Ohio is an opportunity for us to strengthen our Midwest roots and welcome new franchisees looking to create a supportive gym community that helps members achieve their health and wellness goals.”

When members join one Anytime Fitness gym, they gain access to all 4,800 Anytime Fitness gyms worldwide, at no extra cost. Gyms are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are equipped with state-of-the-art strength training and cardio equipment, personal training sessions, and small group programs. Through support and guidance from trainers and staff, and encouragement from a community of members, Anytime Fitness aims to motivate individuals, no matter where they live or their physical fitness level.

“We’re not looking to simply grow a franchise brand – we’re looking to grow and help individuals reach their specific goals and achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle,” said Chuck Runyon, co-founder and CEO Anytime Fitness. “We’re searching for local entrepreneurs who share our passion for building relationships and helping others so that we can achieve that vision in communities across the state.”

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