NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- Lucille Roberts, a visionary fitness icon and pioneer of women's health clubs with nearly 50 company-owned clubs, announced today the opening of its first franchise location in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. New owner and franchisee Patti Bosco along with her daughter, Kelly Bosco, are embracing their entrepreneurial spirit by opening the region's first women's only health club. The local community is invited to an Open House that will take place on January 12th from 5pm-8pm at 314 S Henderson Road. As part of the celebration, attendees will also receive special membership deals.
"I am thrilled to open the first Lucille Roberts franchise with my daughter just in time to help people reach their New Year's fitness goals," said Bosco. "After looking at several franchising opportunities, we are really excited to be part of a rapidly growing brand and see tremendous opportunity for success in the years to come."
Prior to joining Lucille Roberts, Patti worked in the financial industry for more than 30 years, but after the company she worked for went through structural changes, she found herself, like many Americans, unemployed. Not looking to retire or return to the corporate world, Patti was able to leverage her expertise in finance to become an entrepreneur and start her own business. Joining Patti in her business venture is her daughter, who after graduating from college was also faced with a challenging job market. Together this mother-daughter team is looking forward to paving their own way as entrepreneurs.
"Patti Bosco's experience and passion is exactly what we look for when partnering with franchisees as we grow," said Kevin Roberts, president of Lucille Roberts Health Clubs Franchising, Inc. "The opening of the first Lucille Roberts franchise marks a significant milestone for our company and we're looking forward to continuing to make health and wellness affordable and accessible to women."
Lucille Roberts opened its first women's only health club in New York City in 1970 and has since changed the approach to women's fitness, nutrition and wellness. Today, each Lucille Roberts delivers industry-leading value to its members across the country, beginning at only $5.00 per week, which includes unlimited gym visits, the use of state-of-the-art cardio and weight lifting equipment, unlimited participation in nearly 50 different fitness and group exercise classes such as Zumba, diet and weight loss counseling, and a wide variety of other wellness programs.
As Lucille Roberts continues its franchise expansion across the country, the brand is seeking prospective franchisees that want to be active owner/operators or passive investors that are looking to diversify their portfolio. Despite the current economic climate, Lucille Roberts' sales continue to increase system-wide because of the value it delivers to members, which also gives prospective franchisees a distinct selling advantage over the competition and a predictive revenue model upon which to build their business.
Since Lucille Roberts clubs typically range from 4,000 – 6,000 sq. ft. and are characteristically smaller than large format fitness centers, the total cost to open a club is approximately $300,000 and franchisee candidates should posses a minimum net worth of $400,000 per unit and liquid assets of $75,000 per unit. Franchisees will also benefit from high average unit volumes and average club revenues of $877,000 with net incomes of $194,000. Financing may be available for qualified applicants. Both single and multi-unit development opportunities are available.
Individuals seeking to own and operate a Lucille Roberts must have strong interpersonal skills, outstanding customer service, and the ability to manage and motivate employees while continually expanding a member base. Candidates should have business or management sales experience, but do not need to have a health club, fitness or wellness background.
All Lucille Roberts' franchisees benefit from corporate and on-site training programs, regional field-based operations teams, customized management software, financial administration tools, real estate site selection, lease assistance, plus design and construction support. In addition, franchisees can take full advantage of one of the most advanced social media systems in the health club industry and have access to an extensive in-house team of marketing, advertising and public relations experts.
To learn more about ownership opportunities with Lucille Roberts please contact 1-800-329-3287 or visit www.lucilleroberts.com.
In 1969, Lucille Roberts began providing group aerobics classes, which were virtually unheard of at the time. Since then, the brand has been at the forefront of class trends, implementation and development. Over the past four decades, Lucille Roberts has developed the best fitness experience for women and in that time, the company has become more than a health club for its members and guests. Lucille Roberts is a source of wellness where nutrition, weight loss and exercise have formed the foundation for a healthier lifestyle. For information, visit www.lucilleroberts.com.
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