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Anytime Fitness eyes Rochester expansion

Anytime Fitness looks to open two more gyms in Rochester in the next year as well as over 150 locations across New York over the next five years, officials said. On average each location employs 10 people.

rs-anytime-fitnessThe Minnesota-based fitness company—whose gyms are open 24 hours a day—has 21 locations in the state. In the Rochester region, one gym is planned for downtown on Chestnut Street, and there are existing gyms in Macedon, Wayne County, and Canandaigua, Ontario County.

The firm has 2,306 locations nationwide.

Growth is planned through franchise partnerships, the company said.

“We’re looking to grow where we can make a difference in people’s lives, and there is immense potential throughout New York to do just that,” said Tom Gilles, vice president of franchise development, for Anytime Fitness in a statement. “With proof of concept in the region and a neighborhood-focused culture that resonates perfectly with the supportive atmosphere of our gyms, we’re poised for explosive growth in the state.”

The targeted markets throughout the state include Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Yonkers.

“We’re not looking to simply grow a franchise brand—we’re looking to grow and help individuals reach their specific goals and achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle,” said Chuck Runyon, co-founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness in a statement. “We’re searching for local entrepreneurs who share our passion for building relationships and helping others so that we can achieve that vision in communities across the state.”

Follow Kerry Feltner on Twitter: @KerryFeltner

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