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Promoted Opportunities

Initial Investment

LOW: $31,825
HIGH: $39,100

Change in Units

Company Profile

Founded

1992

Franchising Since

1995 (22 Years)

Corporate Address

100 Ritchie Rd. Woodway, TX 76712

CEO

Gary Heavin

About Curves

At the age of 20, pre-med student Gary Heavin had taken over a failing fitness center in Houston, turning the business around and, within five years, opened six more centers. After 10 years and 17 centers, Heavin’s business went under. Not wanting to give up, Heavin took lessons from the strengths and weaknesses of his first chain and decided to open a second. In 1992, Heavin opened Curves for Women, a women-only fitness center, in Harlingen, Texas. The company began franchising in 1995.

Financials

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$31,825 - $39,100

Net-worth Requirement

$75,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$50,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$24,900 - $24,900

Ongoing Royalty Fee

to 6%

Ad Royalty Fee

to 3%

Financing Options

Curves offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 4 days

Training at headquarters: 1 week

Additional Training: At regional meetings (full day), convention (3 days), local events (1 day)

Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
National Media
Regional Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 2

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