Thursday, August 19, 2010

Entrepreneurs Seek Safety In The Franchise Fold

“If you can't beat 'em join 'em. So said Corey Butcher, a health club entrepreneur who progressively purchased four gyms before deciding he needed some national muscle to stay healthy in the competitive Dallas market. Last year, Butcher brought all of his clubs under the umbrella of Gold's Gym, a national franchise with some 520 U.S. locations. ‘The problem was you're fighting against the dollars of LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and Bally's,’ said Butcher, 38, who prides himself on turning around underperforming clubs. ‘We needed some synergy in the corporation. Really the only way of doing that I felt was with a franchise.’”

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