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The Little Gym

2014 Franchise 500
#366
At a Glance

Products & Services: Development/fitness programs

Number of Locations: 292

Total Investment: $157.5K - $394K

Founded: 1976

Began Franchising: 1992

About The Little Gym

After teaching grade school in public schools for years, Robin Wes used his physical education, psychology and motor development degrees to open The Little Gym in 1976. Although it started out focusing on physical education, the program has evolved to focus on children's intellectual and social development as well.

Today Little Gym offers programs for various age levels, including Parent & Child, Developmental Gymnastics, Karate and Sports Skills Development. Franchises also hold birthday parties, summer camps, Creative Crafts Adventures and Parent's Survival Nights.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 207 14 71 0
2013 201 10 59 0
2012 202 18 44 0
2011 219 20 39 2
2010 241 13 49 2
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $157,500 - $394,000
Franchise Fee: $49,500 - $69,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: Discounted equipment package
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $75,000 - $100,000
Operations
23.5% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5 - 7. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee's location: 5 days. Existing franchise location : 1 week.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: National & local PR support, online marketing

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #366 (2014), #393 (2013), #326 (2012), #283 (2011), #141 (2010),
America's Top Global: #113 (2010),

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