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Initial Investment

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

Change in Units

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1995 (21 Years)

Corporate Address

100 Ritchie Rd. Woodway, TX 76712


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.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$31,825 - $39,100

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee

to 6%

Ad Royalty Fee

to 3%

Financing Options

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

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 3

Lowest Rank: 381

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
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

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

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 2

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Updated: November 5th, 2014

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