9Round Wraps Up Record-Setting Year With Entry Into Its 20th Country
International kickboxing chain’s first grand opening in Spain takes the brand’s global presence to 20 countries total at the start of 2020
January 09, 2020 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising, LLC is ringing in 2020 with locations now open and operating across 20 countries. Just prior to the new year, the brand celebrated its first grand opening in Spain, where the country’s inaugural 9Round studio is now up and running in Barcelona.
“Along with our minority partner Lift Brands, the organization that is leading 9Round development across Europe, we eagerly awaited the introduction of our fitness model to the people of Spain,” said 9Round Founder and CEO Shannon Hudson. “9Round’s successful opening in Barcelona last month was the ‘cherry on top’ to an incredibly impressive year overall for our brand.”
Throughout 2019, 9Round celebrated a total of 104 grand openings, with 31 of those openings occurring outside of the United States and Canada. Milestone agreements finalized throughout the year resulted in international openings not only in Spain, but also in Singapore, Guatemala, Ecuador and Northern Ireland.
Furthermore, the brand finalized agreements in 2019 for future development domestically in Vermont and internationally in Colombia, Qatar, Indonesia and Vietnam. All of these new agreements outline plans to have the territories’ first studios open before the close of 2020.
Other highlights for the year included:
- Introduction of a new piece of fitness equipment, Lebert Equalizers, into 9Round studios to enhance workouts,
- Addition of a new Director of Fitness Programming and General Counsel to the 9Round leadership team,
- Inclusion in top industry rankings, such as the 2019 Inc. 5000, Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500, Club Industry’s Top 100 Health Clubs of 2019, Franchise Times’ 2019 Fast & Serious List and South Carolina’s ranking of the state’s Fastest Growing Companies.
“Ending this past year on the high note of expanding our international roster to 20 countries worldwide marks a special milestone for our brand, setting the tone for what we anticipate will be another remarkable year of growth in 2020,” said Hudson. “We have big plans in store for the brand this year, and I look forward to implementing those and identifying new ways we can excel in the coming months.”
For more information about 9Round, please visit https://www.9round.com.
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 nearly 800 9Round locations open and operating throughout 42 states and in 20 countries including Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, Argentina, Guatemala, India, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.