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47. GNC

Last Year's Rank: 40

Investment Range: $250K to $500K

Category: Retail

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Company Description

GNC (which stands for General Nutrition Corporation) is a Pittsburgh-based health and nutrition product retailer. GNC has more than 8,300 retail locations throughout the United States and 50 international markets.

The company operates in three segments: Retail, Franchising, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Around 48 percent of GNC’s units are franchised, while the rest are company owned. The company produces a variety of exclusive health products, including dietary and workout supplements.

After GNC stock plunged 30 percent in late April 2016, the company was reportedly considering selling itself.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $2,900,000,000*

US Units: 4,464

International Units: 2,200

Total Units: 6,664

Percent Franchised: 47%

% International Units: 33%

US Franchised Units: 1,178

International Franchised Units: 1,957

Sales Growth %: -2.5%

Unit Growth %: -1.5%

*Franchise Times Estimate

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