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Anytime Fitness to expand into Japan

The Anytime Fitness franchise, one of the fastest-growing fitness club chains in the world, has announced that it is continuing to accelerate its international expansion having now set its sights on Japan. According to the information provided, the company has signed a master franchise agreement for Japan just weeks after the fitness chain announced its plans to open clubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The master franchise group in Japan, which comprises several individuals, is expecting to open the first Anytime Fitness gym in Japan by September 2010, with future aims to have 30 clubs operational by 2012 and over 300 within 10 years.

“We will start in Greater Tokyo, the most densely populated and business centric part of the country,” Plastino said. “Our headquarters are in Tokyo, so we’ll be in a strong position to build our reputation and sell franchises.”

Recent overseas deals, combined with 300 new club openings in the U.S. each of the past two years, put Anytime Fitness on pace, the company says, to open its 2,000th club by the end of next year. The fitness franchise currently has nearly one million members, 1,250 gyms across all 50 states, and over 100 clubs open in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and India.

“This is an exciting time for Anytime Fitness as we continue to introduce our brand to different parts of the world,” said John Kersh, Vice President of International Development for Anytime Fitness. “Japan is an ideal starting ground for our Asian expansion, and well-suited for the Anytime Fitness concept.” (kbp)

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