Retro Fitness Flexes Expansion Muscle in Pennsylvania with Plans for 30 New Gyms | Business Wire


Fitness, a fast-growing, national low-cost, high-value fitness

franchise, is targeting the Quaker State for significant expansion. With

17 franchise locations already open and operating throughout the greater

Philadelphia market, the company has announced plans to have upwards of

30 additional Pennsylvania locations open or in development within the

next three years through strategic franchise partnerships.

Currently, Retro Fitness operates several gyms throughout the

Philadelphia area in East Norriton, Bethlehem and Easton to name a few.

Plus with brand new facilities in Spring Garden and East Stroudsburg,

Retro Fitness is on the fast track to hitting its Pennsylvania expansion


Although Retro Fitness has many operating gyms in Pennsylvania already,

there is plenty of room to build its presence in the following

Pennsylvania markets:

  • Philadelphia can accommodate another 15 to 20 additional clubs

  • Pittsburgh can accommodate at least 10 to 12 more Retro Fitness


  • The Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York area can accommodate 7 to 10

    additional gyms

  • Wilkes Barre and the surrounding area can accommodate another 2 to 3

    gyms in the market

“Being from New Jersey, Philly and all of Pennsylvania have always been

near and dear to my heart, so I saw Philadelphia as the perfect place to

introduce Pennsylvania to our low-cost, high-value gym when we began

franchising the concept,” said Retro Fitness CEO and founder Eric

Casaburi. “Although we’ve been consistently opening successful gyms in

the areas surrounding Philadelphia, there’s a void in the rest of the

state that we’re adamant about filling. We believe Retro Fitness can

attain the same market power in Pennsylvania that it has in the New York

City Metro area and New Jersey where we have more than 100 gyms. We

provide entrepreneurs with an unprecedented proven business model that

is built on delivering members an affordable gym experience with the

quality and value they deserve.”

In January 2017, the Spring Garden gym opened and will act as a

prototype for all new gyms in the state, boasting the newest Retro

Fitness design and amenities. The gym is the first in Pennsylvania to

offer Retro Results, powered by the New Exercise Order – a multi-level

personal training program that provides a solution to members of all

fitness levels and desired price points. The program includes Team

Conditioning (TEAM), Small Group Strength Training (SGST) and One on One

Training (1:1). It also incorporates MYZONE technology, which gamifies

the workout experience.

To boost its Pennsylvania expansion, Retro Fitness seeks single and

multi-unit franchisees throughout the state. Retro Fitness offers a

flexible, manager-run business model with streamlined operations,

dedicated support from industry experts in every stage of development,

predictable monthly income from membership base, plus multiple revenue


Rob Kurz, former professional basketball player who played for Notre

Dame before joining the Golden State Warriors, opened his first Retro

Fitness location in Horsham, Pennsylvania in 2014. He also recently

opened a second location in nearby Maryland in partnership with other

former professional athletes. He said, “My locations have been doing

great. Our members are actually spending twice the amount of their

membership, paying extra for personal training sessions and taking

advantage of other amenities like our Retro Blends Smoothie Bar and Pro

Shop. I look forward to meeting with other entrepreneurs who are looking

to bring an affordable fitness solution to local communities throughout


Overall, Retro Fitness has more than 150 locations operating in 16

states and is on track to have 250 gyms open in the next two years. The

burgeoning franchise signed more than 20 franchise agreements in new and

emerging markets in 2016. Driving the investor-friendly

franchise’s growth are strong-unit economics, streamlined business

operations and a focused, forward-thinking approach that continuously

brings more value to franchisees and members.

About Retro Fitness

Founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Eric Casaburi, Retro Fitness has evolved

from a regional Northeast gym concept into a national fitness system

with more than 150 gyms open in 16 states. Under Casaburi’s leadership,

Retro Fitness is expanding its footprint with more than 100 gyms in its

development pipeline and plans to have 250 gyms open in the next two

years in new, major markets, such as Florida, Illinois, California,

Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah,

Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each Retro Fitness location is equipped

with a full-service fitness center, including 60-100 pieces of equipment

supplied by leading manufacturers. The burgeoning franchise has placed

in the top 300 of Entrepreneur’s magazine’s prestigious Franchise

500 list for six consecutive years. For more information, please visit,

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