SYDNEY, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It took Anytime Fitness, the world's largest and fastest-growing fitness club chain, nearly three years to sell 300 franchise territories and open 130 clubs in the United States. The club's master franchisees for Australia, the brother-and-sister team of Justin McDonell and Jacinta McDonell-Jimenez, recently matched those same impressive numbers in Australia.
"The Anytime Fitness business model offers an amazing balance of lifestyle and a rewarding business," said McDonell-Jimenez. "Some of our franchisees own as many as nine clubs and still enjoy a great personal lifestyle. This is almost impossible to achieve in other franchise businesses."
The secret to their success: "We look for franchisees who understand the importance of sales and marketing along with an exceptional passion to deliver a great member experience," said McDonell-Jimenez. "Our most successful franchisees focus on sales and marketing and hire a terrific club manager to produce an ideal club culture. Our clubs offer the members what they need – great equipment, personal attention, and convenient and affordable facilities, open anytime."
Expansion Plans and Accolades
"We are currently opening about eight to ten clubs each month. So, it won't be long before we have over 300 clubs open in Australia," says McDonell. "We believe that we have a further 50-100 clubs that can potentially open, on top of the 300 territories already sold," McDonell said.
There are currently over 100,000 Anytime Fitness members in Australia and that number is expected to exceed 300,000 in the coming years.
In the last twelve months alone, Anytime Fitness has opened nearly 300 clubs worldwide, including gyms in New Zealand, Poland, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Qatar. Entrepreneur ranked Anytime Fitness #11 on its prestigious "Franchise 500" list and #10 on its list of "Top Global Franchises." CNN Money also honored Anytime Fitness as one of "10 great franchise bets."
"Justin and Jacinta, and the talented team of managers and franchisees that they've assembled, deserve all the credit for their tremendous success," said John Kersh, VP of International Development for Anytime Fitness. "Without a doubt, they are our most successful international master franchisees. But what they've accomplished proves that the Anytime Fitness business model can work virtually anywhere on the planet."
About Anytime Fitness
Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is now the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with more than 1,400,000 members and 1,850 clubs worldwide. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are now open in 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Qatar and Japan. Join one club and use them all.
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