GNC Franchising

Initial Investment

LOW: $192,117
HIGH: $354,217

Change in Units

+1.9% +127 UNITS (1 Year)
+8.7% +588 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1988 (28 Years)

Corporate Address

300 6th Ave., 4th Fl. Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Bob Moran

Parent Company

General Nutrition Inc.

Ticker Symbol

About GNC Franchising

In 1935, David Shakarian started a health-food store in Pittsburgh called Lackzoom. It specialized in yogurt (which his father had helped introduce to the U.S.), but also carried health-food products such as honey and grains. Beginning with $35 in receipts his first day, Shakarian expanded to six Pittsburgh-area stores in five years.

As more people became interested in natural foods and better nutrition, Shakarian opened stores in other states and changed the company's name to General Nutrition Centers (GNC). GNC also began producing its own vitamin and mineral supplements, foods, drinks and cosmetics. They started franchising in 1988. With company and franchised stores throughout the U.S. and worldwide, GNC now focuses on vitamins and nutritional supplements.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$192,117 - $354,217

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

GNC Franchising offers in-house financing to cover the following: accounts receivable

GNC Franchising has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, payroll

Veteran Incentives

50% off first-store franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 15

Lowest Rank: 68

Units (Locations)

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

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 5 days

Training at headquarters: 5 days

Additional Training: At corporate store

Ongoing Support
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Ad Slicks
Regional Media

Number of employees required to run: 3 - 4

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Updated: August 17th, 2016

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