Anytime Fitness, the 24-hour fitness club franchise, has had double reason to celebrate with the announcements of the successful opening of its 2,000th club worldwide and that the business has been named number 6 in the annual Franchise 500 list by Entrepreneur Magazine in the USA, placing it ahead of global behemoths such as McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.
In a competitive sector, Anytime has grown over eleven years into a multinational franchise brand on the back of its appeal to the ‘right here, right now’ mentality of modern culture. Its 1.7 million members worldwide can access their clubs any minute of the day or night, and the small, unassuming locations make them feel closer to having a home gym than visiting a packed commercial venue.
2012 saw the company open 215 new franchise outlets worldwide and it has plans for many more to come in the future, says CEO and co-founder Chuck Runyon.
“We think we could support 4,500 gyms in the US and 10,000 worldwide,” he says. “There’s a great deal of interest in our concept in countries around the world.”
The brand has taken just 10 years to reach the 2,000 club, many years quicker than some of the larger franchises famous around the globe.
The release of the Franchise 500 list this week, which ranks global franchises with a presence in the US, based on various criteria relating to finances, size and structure of operations, improved Anytime’s ranking from number 11 last year to just one spot outside the top 5.