August 30, 2016 // Franchising.com // GREENVLLE, SC – For the second consecutive year, 9Round, the world’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, has been named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America. Jumping 58 spots from last year’s ranking, 9Round ranked #413 in the 2016 list based on a staggering 933% three-year growth rate.
9Round was also recognized as the No. 3 fastest-growing private company in South Carolina.
“With the announcement of its inclusion on the high profile list, 9Round takes its place among the most elite businesses in the country, including Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland and LinkedIn, who were previously named members of the Inc. 500 and today are recognized as industry leaders,” said co-founder and CEO Shannon Hudson. “This recognition reaffirms our strength as a company and is a testament to the tremendous hard work and commitment from our entire franchise system, and to the loyalty of our satisfied customers.”
9Round’s latest appearance on the list follows a phenomenal year of growth that saw the opening of 123 new clubs in 2015, including the company’s first locations in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
The burgeoning brand is on pace to surpass last year’s success, having already opened 89 new clubs since the beginning of this year. With hundreds of additional clubs in various stages of development around the world, and a rapidly growing number of entrepreneurs looking to join the 9Round family, company plans call for having a total of 800 locations by the end of 2018.
“In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” said Hudson. “This list represents much more than a plaque on our wall. It is the culmination of eight years’ worth of hard work and commitment to our brand. I couldn’t be more proud of everything we’ve accomplished and look forward to everything the future holds.”
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2016/.
Co-founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings boxing and kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are nearly 400 9Round clubs open and operating throughout 39 states and 10 countries. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.
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