August 24, 2019
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Recreation Franchise News

Lightbridge Academy

Lightbridge Academy Signs First Manhattan Franchisee, Paving the Way for Further Mid-Atlantic Domination

With centers throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Lightbridge Academy has built a solid presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Now, the early education and child care franchise is about to break ground on some very coveted soil: New.

GYMGUYZ Recruits Seasoned Fitness Industry Expert as Chief Growth Officer

GYMGUYZ LLC has taken a big step forward in its plans for expansion with the hiring of business development veteran Ed Ruane as its new Chief Growth Officer.

Soccer Shots Scores Place on the Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Soccer Shots, the children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development was ranked No. 3884 on the annual Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private...

YogaSix Reaches 250 Signed Franchise Agreements in Less than Nine Months

In less than nine months after announcing its franchise opportunity in January 2019, YogaSix, a modern boutique yoga concept, has signed over 250 franchise agreements.

Soccer Shots Named a Top 50 Franchise for Women, Top Service Franchise by Franchise Business Review

Soccer Shots was recently named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 reports on Top Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchises.

Fastest-Growing Pet Franchise Launches National Initiative to Hire Adults with Autism

Dogtopia, one of the nation's largest and fastest growing pet franchises, has just released a system-wide Autism Employment Manual to equip the company's 100+ franchise locations with the tools needed to hire employees with autism.

Town Square Eyes Expansion, Announces New Director of Business Operations

Senior Helpers®, the nation's premier provider of in-home senior services, announced that Robert D. Pearce, MBA will join the company as Director of Business Operations of Town Square®.

The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles

The Little Gym International is thrilled to announce the promotion of Heather Anderson to Vice President of Operations, Jessica Papa to Creative Director and Samantha Ward to Director of Consulting.

RedLine Athletics Announces Inaugural Lyndsey Simmons Memorial Scholarship

RedLine Athletics, the nation's leading provider of athletic training for America’s youth ages 8-18, announced the establishment of the inaugural Lyndsey Simmons Memorial Scholarship.

Amazing Athletes Partners with Spartan Race, Inc.

“We are very excited to offer Amazing Athletes Training Camps Powered by Spartan,” said John Erlandson, President of Amazing Athletes

Goldfish Swim School Dives into 25th State, Continues Nationwide Franchise Expansion

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC, the premier learn-to-swim franchise concept, announced today the opening of its 91st school, marking the brand’s entrance into its 25th state.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Topeka, KS

Crunch Fitness today announced the December 2019 opening of a $3 million, 24-hour fitness facility in Topeka, Kansas.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location In Champaign, IL

Crunch Fitness today announced the December 2019 opening of a $6 million, 24-hour fitness facility in Champaign, Illinois.

Sky Zone Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Of America To Offer Big Fun While Doing Good

In honor of International Day of Friendship and to further the brand’s commitment to “Do Good,” Sky Zone begins today a nationwide, year-long partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America.

Senior Helpers® Breaks Ground On The First Town Square® In Baltimore

Senior Helpers®, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior services, held the official groundbreaking event in Baltimore for the company’s inaugural Town Square® this week.

School of Rock AllStars Take Rock N' Roll On The Road For The 2019 U.S. Tour

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, is hitting the road this summer for a 37-city North American tour.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Tyler, Texas

Crunch Franchise today announced the opening of a new $3M, 30,000 square-foot club with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Tyler, Texas.

FlannelJax’s to Sponsor Lumberjack Days 85th Anniversary Festival

FlannelJax’s, the popular St. Paul axe-throwing and lumberjack sports experience, will be a premier sponsor for the 85th Anniversary of Lumberjack Days this weekend.

Josh Wall Joins Urban Air Adventure Park As Chief Franchise Officer

Urban Air Adventure Park today announced that Josh Wall, Chief Development Officer for Christian Brothers, joins Urban Air in a newly created position, as Chief Franchise Officer.

Educator/Golf Coach Turns Passion for the Game into Long Island’s Newest TGA Premier Golf Franchise

TGA Premier Sports (TGA), a leading youth sports organization specializing in introductory and recreational programs, announces the launch of a new TGA Premier Golf franchise in the Long Island, New York area.

Soccer Shots Ranked in Forbes Magazine’s “Best Franchises to Buy” List

Soccer Shots, the engaging children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development, announced today that it has been ranked in Forbes magazine’s “Best Franchises to Buy” for the second consecutive year.

Big Blue Swim School

Adryenne Hearne-Alvarez and Derek Hearne Sign 5-Unit Deal to Bring Big Blue Swim School to South Florida, Orlando and South Carolina

Big Blue Swim School is officially coming to South Florida, Orlando and South Carolina, thanks to the recent five-unit signing of accomplished franchisee duo Adryenne Hearne-Alvarez and Derek Hearne.

Goldfish Swim School Making Waves in 2019, Projects 100th Milestone Opening by Year-End

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC reports high performance throughout the first half of the year having already opened 11 new schools with an estimated additional 15 projected to open by year-end.

Tough Mudder Bootcamp Opens First Fitness Studio in Portland

Tough Mudder Bootcamp, started by the Tough Mudder active lifestyle and media brand, continues to tackle obstacles with its first franchise location opening in Progress Ridge.

Crunch Fitness Texas Announces New Partnership With Culture Index

Crunch Franchise announced today a new partnership with Culture Index, a strategic advisory firm specializing in talent acquisition and retention.

Fastest-Growing Pet Franchise Dogtopia Opens 100th Dog Daycare Center

Dogtopia, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing pet franchises, has achieved another milestone - opening its 100th dog daycare center.

School of Rock Heads to Summerfest 2019

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, returns to Milwaukee for the seventh year to take the stage at Summerfest, the world's largest music festival.

Extra Innings Expands in Winter Garden, FL!

Extra Innings, America's leader of indoor baseball and softball training centers is proud to announce the expansion of another franchise.

FlannelJax’s to Open Customer Care Center in Sydney, Nova Scotia

FlannelJax’s, an axe throwing and recreation sports experience franchise headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, announced plans to open a new customer care center in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Pure Barre Announces Partnership With Palladin Consumer Retail Partners To Rapidly Expand Within New York's Tri-State Region

Pure Barre, the largest barre concept in North America, has partnered with Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, a Boston-based private investment firm, to acquire 28 Pure Barre studios in New York's tri-state region.

Lightbridge Academy

Lightbridge Academy Announces Executive Team Promotions for Chief Development Officer, Mark Mele and Senior Vice President of Operations, Joanne Sofia

The fast-growing early education and child care franchise Lightbridge Academy has promoted two of its longstanding executives to senior positions.

BizCom Associates Welcomes School of Rock to Client Roster

BizCom Associates has announced the addition of School of Rock to the agency’s client roster.

Nautical Boat Club® Launches the Ultimate in Recreation with New Lanier Islands Location

Nautical Boat Club® proudly announces the grand opening of Nautical Boat Club - Lanier Islands – the company's seventeenth national franchise, and the first location in Georgia.

Extra Innings Expands in Winter Garden, FL!

Extra Innings, America's leader of indoor baseball and softball training centers is proud to announce the expansion of another franchise.

Goldfish Swim School Float It Forward Fundraiser Raises $163,773 Towards USA Swimming Foundation

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC has successfully wrapped up its inaugural ‘Float It Forward’ fundraising campaign, bringing in $163,773 to benefit the USA Swimming Foundation and its Make a Splash initiative.

School Of Rock Lafayette, L.A. Ready To Rock N’ Roll

School of Rock, a leader in performance-based music education, announces the grand opening of its newest school in the Lafayette, Louisiana community.

Flip Flop Shops to Give Away 1,000 Pairs of Free Flip Flops at PIER 39 on June 14

When Flip Flop Shops at PIER 39 opens its doors on June 14 at 10 a.m., everyone will know it is National Flip Flop Day.

Blue Oxe Axe Throwing Announces Franchise Opportunities For Aspiring Entrepreneurs That Have A Passion For Leisure Activities And Rapid Growth

Blue Ox Axe Throwing is proud to announce that they are currently offering franchise opportunities to qualified candidates throughout the United States.

TGA Premier Sports Shakes Up Franchise Model to Bolster Youth Sports Participation, Increase Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

TGA Premier Sports (TGA) has become one of the nation’s most steadily-impactful developers of community-based sports and enrichment programs for kids ages five to 13.

FlannelJax’s Teams Up with Franchise Fastlane to Fuel Aggressive Growth Plans

FlannelJax's has partnered with Franchise Fastlane to support FlannelJax’s aggressive franchise development goals it has set for 2019 and beyond.

Big Air Trampoline Park Is Coming To Myrtle Beach, SC

Big Air Trampoline Park® is excited to announce it's third South Carolina franchise to be located in Myrtle Beach, opening in early 2020.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Norwalk, California

Crunch Franchise today announced the opening of a new 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Norwalk, California.

Sky Zone Presents Awards to Top Franchisees at 2019 National Convention

Sky Zone, the original home of wall-to-wall aerial action, celebrated milestones, commemorated achievements and welcomed franchise partners at the 2019 National Franchise Convention.

Soccer Shots Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” List

Soccer Shots, the engaging children’s soccer program best known for its focus on character development, announced today that it has been ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000” list.

Big Blue Swim School

Big Blue Swim School Celebrates Successful Start to 2019 with Chicago Opening and Agreements for 24 Locations in Denver, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Minneapolis

n late 2018, Big Blue Swim School, a Chicago-based children’s swim school announced its plans to reach 150 units by 2021 by partnering with growth-minded franchise partners across the U.S.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in League City, Texas

Crunch Franchise announced today the opening of a new $2.5 million, 30,000 square-foot, 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in League City, Texas.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Corpus Christi, Texas

Crunch Franchise today announced the opening of a new $2.5 million, 25,000 square-foot, 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Corpus Christi, Texas.

School of Rock Teams Up with iHeartMedia to Launch Original Slate of Curated Playlists Exclusively on iHeartRadio

School of Rock, the leader in performance-based education, announces its latest collaboration with iHeartMedia to bring five original School of Rock playlists to millions of listeners via the iHeartRadio app.

Pump It Up Celebrates Three Millionth Kid’s Birthday Party

Pump It Up, the largest private kids’ birthday party place in the U.S., has a new reason to celebrate.

Big Blue Swim School

Husband-and-Wife Franchisee Duo Zack and Brittany Groesbeck Prepare To Bring Big Blue Swim School to Salt Lake City

Leading swim instruction franchise Big Blue Swim School is coming to Salt Lake City this year as part of a three-unit deal signed by husband-and-wife franchisees Zack and Brittany Groesbeck.


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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

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Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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