The Little Gym Named #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise In Entrepreneur’s Prestigious 40th Annual Franchise 500® List
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The Little Gym Named #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise In Entrepreneur’s Prestigious 40th Annual Franchise 500® List

Children's Enrichment and Development Franchise is Recognized for Impressive Brand Strength and Growth

January 16, 2019 // // Scottsdale, AZ - The Little Gym, the world's premier children’s enrichment and development franchise that offers movement-based learning and imaginative play for children ages four months through 12 years, has been ranked #1 in the Children’s Fitness Programs category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Recently celebrating its 400th location milestone, The Little Gym is recognized for its outstanding growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. The brand also received the honor of placing #118 as a top franchise overall in the highly competitive list.

“We want to thank and share this recognition with each and every one of our franchise owners who play an enormous role in shaping and growing The Little Gym into the globally admired brand it has become,” said Alex Bingham, President and CEO of The Little Gym.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after accolade in the franchise industry and brands competed against more than 1,000 applicants this year. Key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

To view The Little Gym in the full ranking, visit Results can also be seen in the January/February 2019 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 15th.

About The Little Gym

The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has over 400 locations in 32 countries including the U.S., Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Thailand and more. The franchise has been awarded many accolades, including being ranked #1 Children’s Fitness franchise in Entrepreneur's 2019 Franchise 500® list. For more information, visit The Little Gym at

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