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Worst and Best Fitness Franchises to Buy: SBA Loan Default Rates

Charles Internicola

by Charles Internicola
National Business and Franchise Lawyer

Date: 12/20/2011 | Category: Buy a Franchise | No comments

Fitness Franchise SBA Loan Default Rates

When evaluating a prospective investment and purchase of a franchise one of the many due diligence factors that should be evaluated includes SBA loan default rates. A high SBA loan default rate should be viewed as a serious warning sign.

Below is a list of the best and worst fitness franchises “based upon” the 2011 SBA loan default rates. Franchises are listed from highest to lowest failure percentages (please keep in mind not all fitness franchisees are listed).

Franchise Brand Failure %
Shapexpress 66.67%
Velocity Sports Performance 57.89%
My Gym 53.00%
World Gym & Fitness Center 28.57%
Fitness Together 28.00%
Curves for Women 22.00%
Fitness for Life Franchise Corp 21.05%
Gold’s Gym 19.00%
Little Gym 17.00%
Snap Fitness 12.00%
Jazzercise 10.00%
Anytime Fitness 8.00%
Planet Fitness 0.00%

How Important is a Franchise Loan Default Rate When Buying a Fitness Franchise?

While a high default rate is a definite warning sign keep in mind that a low default rate (by itself) should not be relied upon as a basis for your franchise investment. Consider that a low rate may be attributed to the fact that the franchise is new or that the franchisees do not utilize or qualify for SBA loans.

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