Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world with over 8,000 locations worldwide. Curves Clubs can be found in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, The Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and we're still growing. We are the first fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women.
Only one place can give you the strength of over 4 million women...
Over 27 years ago, Curves founder Gary Heavin dropped out of a pre-med program that he could no longer afford. He took over a failing health club in Houston, Texas and began to provide fitness services that would prevent illness. By age 30, Gary had built a fitness center chain with 17 locations and then... he lost it all. He decided to rebuild his business applying the many lessons he had learned from both his successes and his failures.
He and his wife Diane opened their first Curves in Harlingen, Texas in 1992. This new concept of 30-minute fitness, strength training, weight-loss guidance, and a comfortable environment designed for women, was immediately successful. Diane had a passion for exercise and the perspective of an advertising executive. Together, Gary and Diane began to develop plans for franchising the concept, with the first opening in 1995.
Curves reached 1,000 locations within 36 months and 8,000 locations in just nine years. Curves has been consistently ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the best new franchises in their annual survey and has now entered Guinness World Records as "The world's largest fitness center franchise." The fact that this phenomenal growth has been realized almost entirely through the positive word-of-mouth from Curves members is a true tribute to the value the program provides.
Buying a Curves Franchise
There are two ways to buy a Curves franchise. One is to buy a new franchise territory where there is not currently a Curves in operation and open one. The other is to buy an existing Curves that is owned and operated by a Curves franchisee who is considering selling the franchise.
The availability of these two opportunities varies considerably by country. For example, there are some areas of the U.S. and Canada where new franchise territories are not available, but there are opportunities to purchase an existing Curves. In most other countries, there are a large number of available new franchise territories, but few, if any, existing Curves for sale.
It most cases, it makes sense to start by seeing if there are franchise territories available in the country and area in which you have an interest.