Stretch Zone, the nation’s first and largest practitioner-assisted stretching company, continues expanding throughout the United States with its first Maryland location now open in the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg. Stretch Zone takes over the former GNC location at 251 Kentlands Blvd, the former home of GNC.
Stretch Zone, the company that brought practitioner-assisted stretching to the public and introduced a new vertical in the health and wellness industry, closed out 2021 with a record-breaking year of milestones, from its fastest growth of studio openings to its highest-revenue year.
The company, founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Jorden Gold, is the largest franchisor for practitioner-assisted stretching in the United States. Since its founding, Stretch Zone has opened more than 150 locations and has established a partnership with NFL legend Drew Brees, who is a multi-unit franchisee with the company.
“Stretch Zone’s swift expansion is driven by consumer demand for high quality and effective health and wellness initiatives that support aging, mobility and performance,” says founder Jorden Gold. “In 2021 alone, the company expanded into 10 states, and we have an abundance of studio openings in key and unique markets planned for this year in an effort to continue growing our brand’s footprint nationwide and beyond.”
Stretch Zone’s growing list of studio locations included many new markets in addition to the new Kentlands location, including Anchorage, AK; Aspen, CO; Gainesville, FL; Zionsville, IN; New Orleans, LA; Chesterfield, MO; and Manhasset, NY.
This rapid expansion drove Stretch Zone’s highest revenue year. The company also received recognition by Entrepreneur Magazine (2022 Franchise 500), FranchiseBusinessREVIEW (Top Multi-Unit Franchisee, Top Franchises for Veterans, and Top Franchise for 2022), and South Florida Business & Wealth (Apogee Awards).
“Stretch Zone represents a transformative health and wellness company for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities,” says Tony Zaccario, President of Stretch Zone. “Our model and proprietary system deliver success for our franchise partners, which are supported by a network of reliable, adaptable and results-driven professionals. Stretch Zone is a resilient business that has continued to flourish during these unusual times.”
In response to the increased demand for scientifically backed wellness programs, Stretch Zone continues its rapid expansion and anticipates growing to 250 studio locations by the end of 2022, including Boston, MA; New York City, NY; and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; as well as international entry into Canada.