Snap Fitness takes back UK and Ireland franchising rights from master developer

November 4, 2020

Snap Fitness has ended its agreement with its master franchisee for the UK and Ireland markets, by ‘reacquiring’ the territory.

 
Snap had signed a master development agreement with fitness startup TwentyTwoYards in 2014, with the aim of opening 200 locations in four years.

That was followed by the signing of a development plan with MSG Life in 2016, which included plans to open 30 new clubs.

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However, progress has been slower than expected and according to the Snap Fitness UK website, there are currently only 74 gyms across the UK and Ireland.

TwentyTwoYards was set up in 2014 by Australian businessmen and fitness enthusiasts, Matt Quinn and Scott Jones.

Snap told HCM it will “continue to invest internally within the quickly growing UK market”, with the investments including infrastructure development, club growth, franchise support and “innovative product and technology offerings”.

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As part of the move, Jon Cottam, previously MD Europe of Snap’s parent company, Lift Brands, has been named as CEO for the EMEA market.

“We have some incredible growth opportunities across our newly reacquired market,” said Alison McElroy, president, international and chief legal officer at Lift Brands.

“I know Jon will continue to excel in this new leadership role, managing the charge for both brands as we build business across EMEA.”

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Ty Menzies, global CEO of Lift Brands, added: “We will continue to look for additional opportunities to invest in operations, connecting our people – both locally and globally – as we help our Snap Fitness community weather the storm of COVID-19 together.”

Launched in 2003, Snap Fitness reached 100 clubs in Europe this year and is due to open its first site in Japan in November.

It currently has 2,000 clubs scheduled for development or already open across 20 countries.

Parent company Lift Brands also owns the YogaFit Studios franchise and Fitness On Demand service and is a minority partner in franchise operator 9Round.

By Tom Walker

Source: Leisure Opportunities

Snap Fitness Reacquires UK and Ireland Markets from Master Developer

October 21, 2020

Snap Fitness, the world’s premier 24/7 fitness concept creating happy and healthy lifestyles for its members, today announced the reacquisition of the UK and Ireland market from its Master Developer.

 
As part of the global fitness brand’s #OneTeam initiative, which strives to support its team members and franchisees running businesses amidst COVID-19 guidelines, Snap Fitness is continuing to invest internally within the quickly growing UK market. Investments will include infrastructure development, club growth, franchise support and innovative product and technology offerings.

Jon Cottam, previously Managing Director, Europe of Lift Brands (Snap Fitness parent company), will now serve as CEO, EMEA, as the company builds and develops its programs across Europe and other territories for Snap Fitness and sister fitness concept 9Round. Cottam, who has been with Lift Brands since 2018, is an industry veteran in fitness management.

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“We have some incredible growth opportunities across our newly reacquired market,” said Alison McElroy, President, International & Chief Legal Officer at Lift Brands global. “I know Jon will continue to excel in this new leadership role, managing the charge for both brands as we continue to grow and build business across EMEA.”

“We are proud of the work we have done so far to support our small business owners,” said Ty Menzies, global CEO of Lift Brands. “We will continue to look for additional opportunities to invest in operations, connecting our people – both locally and globally – as we help our Snap Fitness community weather the storm of COVID-19 together.”

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In 2020, Snap Fitness surpassed 100 clubs in Europe and opened five new clubs across the globe in September alone, with the first-ever Japan location set to open in November.

About Snap Fitness:

Snap Fitness is the world’s most rewarding 24/7 fitness concept with over 2,000 clubs open or scheduled for development in over 20 countries. Snap Fitness offers members the opportunity to see real results. We provide the latest in fitness technology, diverse workout options, personal training, and the most supportive fitness community around the globe. A major fitness brand since 2003, we continue to evolve sustainably along with key fitness trends to provide results for every body!

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About Lift Brands:

Lift Brands is a leading innovator in the fitness industry as the parent brand to several fitness franchises and fitness brands worldwide including Snap Fitness, YogaFit Studios Franchise, Fitness On Demand and is a minority partner in 9Round global franchise. With over 1 million members and 2,000 locations open or scheduled for development and locations in over 26 countries, Lift Brands delivers results through the most rewarding fitness experiences in the world and changes lives daily.

Source: PR Newswire

Snap Fitness Poised for Continued International Expansion in 2020

January 21, 2020

New clubs, new territories and new milestones are on the horizon for Snap Fitness. With more than one million members and 2,000+ clubs open or scheduled for development globally, the world’s 24/7 fitness brand is positioned to continue its international growth and brand development in 2020.

 
Snap Fitness celebrates the new year with its 100th club opening in Europe and the launch of a new state-of-the-art club design with bespoke lighting and the latest fitness technology in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Additional key markets for expansion in 2020 include Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

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“Whether we are expanding in current partner countries or entering new markets, communities are embracing our 24/7 model that provides fitness opportunities for everyone,” says Allison McElroy, Chief Global Development Officer of Snap Fitness’ parent company, Lift Brands. “New gyms are in development across the world, and our international expansion is a priority in 2020.”

Snap Fitness’ growth exploded in 2019, including the first-ever club opening in Taiwan. The brand also experienced significant growth of 46 percent in the Asia Pacific region and an overall membership increase of nine percent.

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“Snap Fitness transcends trends by offering consistency in a market that is crowded and fast-moving,” says Weldon Spangler, CEO of Lift Brands. “The Snap Fitness advantage is to continually innovate our gyms and make fitness accessible to everyone at any time. Our success provides more people opportunities to find success in their fitness goals.”

Snap Fitness offers a boutique atmosphere, the latest technology and a variety of equipment to help each member achieve and see results.

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About Lift Brands

Lift Brands is a leading innovator in the fitness industry as the parent brand to several fitness franchises and fitness brands worldwide including Snap Fitness, 9Round International Franchise, YogaFit Studios Franchise, Steele Fitness, and Fitness On Demand. With more than 1 Million members and 2,000+ locations open or scheduled for development in more than 26 countries, Lift Brands delivers results through the most rewarding fitness experiences in the world and changes lives daily.

Source: PR News Wire

Snap Fitness to open in Ashford

November 8, 2019

Fitness club franchise Snap Fitness is to open at Elwick Place in Ashford as part of a £500,000 investment.

 
The business has signed a ten-year lease on the 4,284 sq ft unit 8, which is located on the first floor of the cinema, restaurant and leisure development.

The move is expected to create at least ten jobs and Snap Fitness plans to open its doors in January 2020.

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Isaac Buchanan, chief executive of Snap Fitness UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to add Ashford to our list of locations across the UK. This represents an investment of more than £500,000 in Elwick Place and the team will be working hard to get the new club ready to welcome new members.”

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Ashford Borough Council funded the construction of Elwick Place in partnership with Stanhope.

By Storm Rannard

Source: Insider Media

Worldwide gym chain snaps up new premises in Staffordshire

June 13, 2019

International gym franchise Snap Fitness has officially opened its new branch in Burntwood, Staffordshire, with help from Fraser Brown Solicitors.

Snap Fitness, which is open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, has an international presence with more than 2,000 active branches in USA, UK and Australia.

Nottingham-based law firm Fraser Brown helped secure the lease for the 7,000 sq. ft. premises at Unit 1, Chase Terrace, Cannock Road in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

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The new branch has brought three jobs to the area and features free weights, cardio equipment, large functional training studios, a sledge track and showers with individual bathrooms.

The gym will also have a virtual class system for members to choose from. Once a class is selected it will then appear on a big screen so that members can follow the workouts at their own leisure.

Daniel Smith, area manager at Snap Fitness, said: “We are so pleased to reveal our new Burntwood branch and it has already been well received by the community with lots of interest from new members.

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“We opened our first Midlands branch back in 2013 and have since grown with a further three branch openings. Each branch offers the highest quality equipment and flexibility and members can access any other branch worldwide, as well as their local gym.

“The team at Fraser Brown have provided us with continuous support for the opening of our Midlands branches and we want to thank them for all their work. They’ve always had our best interests at heart and the process is always smooth, with exceptional results. We will certainly be concentrating on opening new branches in the Midlands area as well as focusing on overall UK growth.”

Patrick Wood, managing partner at Fraser Brown, assisted Daniel and his team with the leases of all four Midlands Snap Fitness branches in Ilkeston, Market Harborough, Swadlincote and Staffordshire.

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He said: “Snap Fitness has been very well received in the region and the new Staffordshire branch is a great new addition. Daniel has been a pleasure to work with over the past few years and his passion for the gym industry has ensured the success of every new location.”

By Eloise Cantello

Source: BDaily

International gym chain snaps up premises in Staffordshire

June 5, 2019

International gym franchise Snap Fitness has opened a site in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

Snap Fitness, which is open 24 hours 365 days a year, has an international presence with more than 2,000 active branches in USA, UK and Australia.

Nottingham-based law firm Fraser Brown helped secure the lease for the 7,000 sq. ft. premises at Unit 1, Chase Terrace, Cannock Road.

The new branch has brought three jobs to the area and features free weights, cardio equipment, large functional training studios, a sledge track and showers with individual bathrooms.

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The gym will also have a virtual class system for members to choose from. Once a class is selected it will then appear on a big screen so that members can follow the workouts at their own leisure.

Daniel Smith, area manager at Snap Fitness, said: “We are so pleased to reveal our new Burntwood branch and it has already been well received by the community with lots of interest from new members.

“We opened our first Midlands branch back in 2013 and have since grown with a further three branch openings. Each branch offers the highest quality equipment and flexibility and members can access any other branch worldwide, as well as their local gym.

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“The team at Fraser Brown have provided us with continuous support for the opening of our Midlands branches and we want to thank them for all their work. They’ve always had our best interests at heart and the process is always smooth, with exceptional results. We will certainly be concentrating on opening new branches in the Midlands area as well as focusing on overall UK growth.”

Patrick Wood, managing partner at Fraser Brown, assisted with the leases of all four Midlands Snap Fitness branches in Ilkeston, Market Harborough, Swadlincote and Staffordshire.

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He said: “Snap Fitness has been very well received in the region and the new Staffordshire branch is a great new addition. Daniel has been a pleasure to work with over the past few years and his passion for the gym industry has ensured the success of every new location.”

By Rachel Covill

Source: The Business Desk

Snap Fitness in Newport applies to open 24 hours a day – despite concerns over parking and noise

May 24, 2019

Snap Fitness Newport is applying to be allowed to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, despite the council already expressing concerns about the idea.

Snap Fitness runs 24/7 gyms across the UK and opened its Chepstow Road facility more than a year ago having obtained planning approval in 2017.

But Newport City Council restricted the opening hours to between 6am and 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 6am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Councillors raised concerns that 24-hour gym would carry negative noise impacts for residents, while exacerbating existing antisocial behaviour and parking problems.

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But an application now seeks to remove the “restrictive” conditions and bring the Newport franchise in line with other Snap Fitness gyms across the country.

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A planning statement on behalf of the chain says: “The proposal is required to enable Snap Fitness to offer a better and more varied service to current and future customers.”

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Snap Fitness say their gyms are rarely used late at night, with only five per cent of its membership base using their facilities between 11pm and 5am.

“This amount to less than 2 members per hour which suggests that it is very unlikely that groups of members would enter together,” says the application.

Customers can only access the gym if they have a membership card, with the application adding that noise from people leaving and entering the building was “limited” by automatic doors.

An independent environmental noise survey found that gym noise levels were “insignificant” compared to the dominating sounds of traffic on Chepstow Road.

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The gym is currently required by the council to play low volume background music instead of “loud bass beats”, and there are no plans to change this condition.

Newport City Council will consider the application within the next few months.

By Niall Griffiths

Source: South Wales Argus

Snap Fitness and Fitness on Demand owner looks for new leadership and ‘strategic vision’

January 9, 2019

Lift Brands, the parent company of fitness franchises and brands – including Snap Fitness, YogaFit and Fitness On Demand – will shuffle its top team and create a new strategic vision during 2019.

Peter Taunton, Lift Brands’ founder and CEO, is stepping down to take up the role of non-executive chair – described as a strategic advisory role.

Current chief operating officer Tom Welter will lead the US-based group on an interim basis, as it conducts a “thoughtful and thorough” search for a permanent CEO.

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Since its launch in 2003, Lift Brands has grown to more than 2,000 franchise locations across 27 countries, with sites in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the UK.

In 2018, the company opened more than 100 locations across its portfolio, including a strong pipeline of Snap Fitness openings in the UK.

The change in leadership is part of plans to ring in “significant changes” in 2019.

These include a focus on functional fitness and HIIT, new club designs and enhanced support of members.

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“My personal journey has been a remarkable and gratifying one,” Taunton said.

“I’m extremely proud of the company’s growth and the talented leadership team.

“Building and handing off a company to capable hands is the dream of every entrepreneur. The future for Lift Brands is incredibly bright.”

Source: Leisure Opportunities

Snap Fitness goes east with UK expansion – opens first club in Norfolk

August 11, 2018

Twenty-four-hour gym franchise Snap Fitness has continued its UK expansion by securing its first club in Norfolk.

The US-based mid-market brand has signed a deal for three units at the mixed-use Thetford Riverside scheme, which it will use to create a club with a total floor space of 4,850sq ft.

Snap’s UK Master Group franchisee MSG Life will operate the gym, which is due to open in late September or early October this year.

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Facilities will include a gym floor kitted out with cardio and resistance equipment from Technogym, a large free weights space and spacious functional training area, offering a range of classes from core strength to HIIT.

The functional space is also equipped with a virtual class system using the Fitness on Demand platform.

“We are really excited to add Snap Fitness Thetford to our ever growing portfolio and can’t wait to welcome our new members to our fantastic new club,” said Ian Gosling, co-managing director of MSG Life.

Snap Fitness is in the midst of an ambitious expansion push across the UK.

The chain more than doubled its presence in 2017, reaching 44 locations, up from 21 at the start of the year. The expansion began in 2015 with only five clubs.

The company was founded in the US in 2003 by entrepreneur Peter Taunton and currently has more than 2,000 clubs across 18 countries.

The £8m Thetford Riverside scheme is anchored by a three-screen The Light cinema and a 62-bed Travelodge hotel.

Source: Leisure Opportunities