GREENVILLE, SC, November 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 9Franchise roundLLC, has completed ongoing development plans throughout Asia with a master franchise agreement to expand the 9Round franchise in South India. South India master franchisees Arun Bharati, Balaji Jeyakumar and Sharmila Jayakumar will open the first 9Round location in the country in Chennai or Bangalore in early 2023.
“We look forward to further expanding our brand globally and bringing 9Round’s state-of-the-art facilities to India for the first time,” he said Shannon Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round. “Based on our proven track record in Asia and the rapid expansion of franchises in Indiawhich has grown to become the second largest franchise market in the world, India is an ideal location for 9Round’s continued global expansion.”
Under the master franchise agreement, 9Round plans to open 50 locations South Indiaincluding the states of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the next seven years.
Balaji is a consummate professional with over nine years of experience in operations and supply chain management. Sharmila has extensive experience in supply chain management, product development and market research, as well as strategic planning. She is also an energetic entrepreneur with a flair for innovation and creativity in real estate and fashion retail. Arun is an entrepreneur and real estate developer with over ten years of experience in all stages of development from concept to completion. The vast experience and skills of these three master franchisees make them ideal to build the 9Round franchise footprint in India.
“We as a team truly believe that ‘alternative is the new mainstream’ and are introducing 9Round’s unique fitness concept to India will bring a much needed change to the routine,” said Balaji and Sharmila, South Indian Master Franchisees. “We started our journey with 9Round as members in 2018 and the difference and impact they have made on style Our lives were positive and energetic. When we moved in Indiawe realized that a brand like this could help others achieve their fitness goals and transition to a healthy lifestyle.”
In addition to the 19 countries in which 9Round is currently open and operating, the brand has secured agreements for future expansion into nine additional countries: Bahrain, Colombia, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Panama, South Koreaand Turkey.
“With the teams’ extensive experience and passion for the industry, I am confident they will go above and beyond to deliver on our mission, making them the ideal partners to lead our expansion,” Hudson added. “As we continue to grow the brand’s global presence, each new agreement brings 9Round one step closer to our goal of helping people around the world become stronger, both mentally and physically, in just 30 minutes. “
For more information on 9Round’s franchise opportunities, please visit https://www.9round.com/fitness-franchises or call 480-621-5740.
Founded in 2008 by a professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is the world’s largest kickboxing franchise, both in gyms and online, offering kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a 30-minute circuit format, guided by the coach, for the whole body. The program is built around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations created by Shannon himself. Since training takes place on a continuous circuit throughout the day, there are no scheduled class times. Members use 9ROUND PULSE, the brand’s wearable heart rate technology, to track effort, heart rate, calories burned and training time during each 9Round session. In 2020, the brand launched 9RoundNOW, an official app that offers on-demand trainer-led workouts via video instruction by 9Round’s team of professional trainers. Today, there are nearly 700 9Round locations open and operating in 41 states and 19 countries, including Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, Guatemala, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore , Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.