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9Round Opens 800th Location

9Round Franchising, LCC, the world’s largest kickboxing chain, recently opened its 800th studio. This milestone club, located in Apopka, Fla., just northwest of Orlando, is one of 36 new 9Round locations opened thus far in 2019 across the United States and Canada alone.

“We are thrilled that our kickboxing-themed fitness programming is now available in more than 800 locations around the world, as our goal remains to make people ‘stronger in 30 minutes’ in as many locations as possible,” said Shannon Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round. “With plans to have 1,000 studios open and operating globally by the end of 2020, this monumental achievement is validation that our workouts are making the international impact we hoped for.”

The milestone studio is locally owned and operated by franchisees Sherman and Tekia Florence. As long-time fitness enthusiasts, the pair looks forward to introducing 9Round’s unique and effective kickboxing workouts to their community.

“Knowing that the grand opening of our first 9Round location as franchisees marks such a significant accomplishment for the brand as a whole is truly an honor,” said Sherman Florence. “We are proud to be joining the network at such a significant time in the brand’s history, and we look forward to growing 9Round’s presence in our own territory.”

The historic grand opening in Apopka comes after an especially successful year of domestic and international growth in 2018, during which the brand celebrated its tenth anniversary with more than 200 grand openings around the world.

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