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Anytime Fitness expands into Europe

Anytime Fitness, one of the fastest-growing fitness club chains in the world, has announced that it is expanding once again – this time across the Atlantic Ocean into the United Kingdom and Ireland having signed a master franchisee agreement for the two countries.

“This is groundbreaking news for Anytime Fitness and it represents an important first step in our European expansion strategy,” said John Kersh, VP of International Development for Anytime Fitness.

In addition to its 1,250 U.S. gyms, Anytime Fitness also has nearly 100 clubs now open in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and India. The attainment of a master franchisee agreement for the UK and Ireland, combined with other pending international deals, means, Anytime Fitness says, that it could realistically open its 2000th club by the end of next year.

According to the information provided, the master franchisee group for the UK and Ireland includes several individuals with extensive experience in the international fitness industry. The consortium is led by Justin McDonell, the Anytime Fitness master franchisee for Australia and New Zealand, and Andy Thompson, an independent retail planning consultant who founded and served as Managing Director for GeoBusiness Solutions in 2000 (acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2005).

“We hope to open the first Anytime Fitness club in the UK by the end of this summer,” Thompson said. “We are currently looking at sites in the Greater London area, the South East and also the South West of England. Our plan is to have 50 clubs operational by end of 2012.”

Anytime Fitness clubs are approximately 4,000 square feet, feature a wide variety of cardio equipment and strength training machines, and are accessible to members 24 hours a day. (kbp)

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