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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$51K - $61K
- Units as of 2022
7 600.0% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Special Strong franchise.
Special Strong is an adaptive fitness center franchise specializing in people dealing with mental, physical, and cognitive difficulties like autism, down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. Special Strong has helped over a thousand members in Texas and Arizona, with plans of reaching more customers across the United States through franchising.
Responding to what he felt was his calling, certified personal trainer Daniel Stein opened Special Strong in 2016 after conquering a learning disability, a mood disorder, and an autoimmune disease through exercise. Special Strong aims to make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults who desire normalcy despite their extraordinary challenges.
Why You May Want To Start a Special Strong Franchise
If you’re looking for a meaningful business opportunity in the community, Special Strong may be worth a look. “Strong” is an acronym for Stewardship, Transparency, Relationship-Focused, Ownership, No Judgment, Generosity. “Strong” speaks of the values and ideals that form the core of the center’s operations.
Owning a Special Strong franchise does not require you to have a background in healthcare, but you will be trained by the gym’s team of certified fitness professionals. The CEO himself is certified by relevant bodies in the industry, such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
What Might Make a Special Strong Franchise a Good Choice?
The alternative healthcare industry is valued at over $82 billion, creating a world of possibilities that may include success for Special Strong franchise.
To be part of the Special Strong team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees.
Special Strong has partnered with third-party financial lenders that may help cover the cost of the franchise fee and startup.
How To Open a Special Strong Franchise
Opening a Special Strong franchise may offer a more predictable outcome than investing in a completely new brand that could struggle to thrive in an already crowded and competitive industry.
As you decide if opening a Special Strong franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a Special Strong franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.
Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement with the Special Strong franchise, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Special Strong franchising team questions.
It may be a good idea to check with an attorney or financial advisor to ensure that you have the necessary financial resources to own and operate a Special Strong franchise.
About Special Strong
- Franchising Since
- 2020 (2 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
- # of Units
- 7 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Special Strong franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $51,000 - $60,700
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Veteran Incentives
- 5% off franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Special Strong has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 40 hours
- Classroom Training
- 60 hours
- Additional Training
- Virtual training
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite Selection
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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