9Round Expands to the Republic of Ireland
Global kickboxing chain’s commitment to future development in the Republic of Ireland marks a pivotal moment for the brand’s European expansion efforts
March 19, 2019 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising, LLC, finalized plans for future development in the Republic of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland’s inaugural 9Round location is projected to open in the city of Cork before the end of 2019.
Development of 9Round in Ireland and across Europe is being led by Lift Brands, 9Round’s business partner and the master license holder behind more than 75 international 9Round locations to-date.
“With our experienced partner, Lift Brands, leading this development, the Republic of Ireland shows promise for successful 9Round expansion in a number of ways,” said Shannon Hudson, Founder and CEO of 9Round. “Due to the country’s strong fitness market, booming economy and dedicated combat sports history, I am confident that our kickboxing-themed workouts will resonate well with residents.”
The master franchisee intends to continue growing 9Round’s presence in the Republic of Ireland, actively recruiting prospective franchisees throughout Cork, Dublin and the rest of the Republic of Ireland.
9Round’s presence in Europe doubled last year, with the brand’s first grand opening in Scotland standing out as one of its most noteworthy expansion highlights of 2018. In 2019, 9Round’s network in the UK is expected to double yet again and its first opening in Belfast, Northern Ireland is imminent.
“We are entering an extremely exciting era for development of 9Round in Europe,” said Jon Cottam, Managing Director of Lift Brands in Europe. “We doubled 9Round’s UK estate last year and are projected to do so again in 2019, which gives us a great foundation for continued European expansion. As we work toward our goal of developing several hundred more units throughout Europe, we are seeking the best single and multi-unit operators in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain and Benelux as well as master franchisees in other key European markets.”
Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings 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 more than 770 9Round locations open and operating throughout 42 states and in 18 countries including Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, Argentina, Guatemala, India, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.