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concept. “Features such as a simple, turnkey system,
low startup costs, and support from the corporate
office attract very talented people,” says Peter Taunton,
founder and CEO of Snap Fitness.
“Whether they are starting their fitness journey or looking
to join a supportive community, our clubs do a great
job of serving the aging community,” Taunton adds.
“Factoring in our healthy culture, the moment they walk
into their club, they are welcomed by staff that genuinely
care about their health and wellness. The aging
population appreciates our environment because it’s
designed to make them feel comfortable, encouraged,
and confident they’ll reach their goals.”
Snap Fitness has more than 2,500 locations open or in
development in 24 countries. “The public demand for
Snap Fitness has allowed our brand to truly have a global
footprint,” Taunton says. “We’re all over the world, with
plans to continue expanding into new markets in 2018.”
By the start of next year, Taunton anticipates having
around 3,000 Snap Fitness clubs operating or in
development. “We just announced an expansion into the
Asia market and will be opening clubs in six countries—
Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and
Bangladesh,” he says.
Cruise Planners offers a home-based travel business
concept that CEO Michelle Fee says is one of the
least costly and most-awarded travel franchises in the
country. “And our franchisees have the flexibility to work
the business part-time or full-time, with no employees,
no inventory, and no hassles,” Fee adds.
Cruise Planners travel franchises are suited to
franchisees who love travel, even if they don’t have prior
travel industry experience, Fee says. The Coral Springs,
Florida-based company trains them to become true
travel professionals who can book all types of vacations
in addition to cruises. Franchisees can continue to
indulge their love of travel even while operating a Cruise
Planners business. “The mobile tools make it easy to
work from anywhere in the world with internet and a
smart device,” Fee says.
Millennial franchise owners particularly appreciate the
mobile apps, she says. Older franchisees seeking new
challenges are drawn to the opportunity to become
business owners later in life. “We call it an ‘Encore
career’ for those who are looking to transition to
retirement, but aren’t ready for the rocking chair just yet,”
Fee says. Cruise Planners has franchises in all 50 states
and is focusing future expansion efforts in markets in the
Western United States.
HomeVestors of America supplies real estate investors
with a powerful trademark and robust marketing
program to help them find attractive properties to buy.
David Hicks, co-president of the Dallas-based franchiser,
says HomeVestors caters to older homeowners looking
to downsize, as well as millennials who are, in many
cases, inheriting older homes in need of updating.
HomeVestors has more than 830 operating locations
and is focusing on growing in Chicago, New York/New
Jersey, and Miami, as well as other Florida markets and
midsize markets of around a half-million households. “By
the end of the year, we’ll be at 900,” Hicks says. “We’ll
be at 1,000 by the end of 2018.”
Discovery Map franchisees provide printed and digital
travel guides and maps to help consumers find local
events, restaurants, and shopping. Peter Hans, president
of the Waitsfield, Vermont-based franchiser, says the
concept features low cost of entry and time flexibility.
About 125 franchisees operate all across the country.
Hans anticipates adding a dozen in the next year,
targeting university towns in the Midwest and in Canada.
RNR Tire Express franchisees sell quality tires and
wheels through pay-as-you-go lease-purchase
programs with flexible payments. Adam Sutton,
executive vice president of the Tampa-based franchiser,
says franchisees enjoy a family-centered culture and
above-average financial returns in a recession-resistant
business. “It’s not limited to a nice-to-have product,”
Sutton says. “It’s a necessity.” RNR has 100 stores
operating coast to coast, and Sutton anticipates growing
to 125 in a year, with a focus on Western markets.