Claiming to be America's only mobile personal training concept of its type, GYMGUYZ finished 2016 with 100 open franchises in 18 states. It had just 20 franchised units in 2015. “We've grown quickly because of brand awareness and strong social media interaction with customers,'' says founder and CEO Josh York. “GYMGUYZ comes where clients are for training.”
Xavier Artisan is targeting the United States as its next big step for growth. The Montreal-based franchise has a menu that includes sandwiches, coffee, soups and ice cream made artisan style with natural ingredients. It hopes to be a hit with Americans shifting away from common fast food. “We see an enormous need in the repetitive meal and QSR marketplace for a truly fresh and healthy dining option,” says Steven Elefant, chief development officer at Xavier Artisan's parent company.
1. The KASE The concept: With more than 150 stores in nearly 30 countries including France, Germany, India and Singapore, The KASE has established itself as a formidable player globally where it sells custom-made cases and accessories for smartphones, laptops and tablets. Now, the company launched in France in 2012 wants to expand its U.S. footprint by selling franchises, said co-founder Steve Rosenblum.
1. SafeSplash Swim School The lesson plan: While researching his industry a few years ago, Matt Lane discovered an eye-popping statistic: While only three out of 10 parents say it's important to teach kids how to dance, eight out of 10 say it is important to teach them how to swim. The void induced Matt and Lara Lane, with partners Paul and Tami Gerrard, to start SafeSplash Swim School in 2003. The Denver-based franchise has provided more than 2 million lessons over 10 years.