Last Year's Rank: 40
Investment Range: $250K to $500K
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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.
Global Sales: $2,725,000,000*
US Units: 4,294
International Units: 2,243
Total Units: 6,537
Percent Franchised: 47%
% International Units: 34%
US Franchised Units: 1,099
International Franchised Units: 1,999
*Franchise Times Estimate