The Little Gym

  • Little Gym International, Inc., The
7500 N. Dobson Rd., #220
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
  • (888) 228-2878 / (480) 948-2878
  • (480) 948-2765 (Fax)

The Little Gym helps children ages 4 months through 12 years build the confidence and skills needed at each stage of childhood. Our trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of programs including parent/child classes, gymnastics, karate, dance and sports skills development, plus enjoyable extras like camps, Parents' Survival Nights and Awesome Birthday Bashes. Each week, progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for children to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear.

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1976

Franchising Since: 1992

Operating Units

Franchised Units 376 100.0%
Company-Owned Units 0 0.0%
Total Operating Units 376 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 2,200 92.3% In 34 States
Canada 8 0.3% In 6 Provinces
International 176 7.4% In 30 Foreign Countries
Total 2,384 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators N/A
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators N/A

North American Unit Density

Density Units
Texas 30
New Jersey 19
New York 15

Registered in the following Registration States

California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member Yes
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? No
Size of Corporate Staff 35
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance Yes
Financial Assistance Yes, Indirect

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising No
National Advertising Yes
Regional Advertising No
Local Advertising No
Marketing Materials Ad Slicks, Brochures, Direct Mailers, Emails, Promotional Items, Television Ads, Trade Show Exhibits
Additional Services: Grand Opening, Marketing Research, Newsletter, Online Extranet, Press Releases, Sales Strategies
Other Marketing Support The Little Gym offers a training program consisting of three parts; Business Startup Training (21 days), Ready, Set, GO! Training (9 days), and Internship Training (one week). Training will take place at your home or office, or a location of our choosing. The Little Gym will also offer ongoing support and assistance, as well as additional and refresher training courses when deemed necessary. Opportunity to state 50% off the initial franchise fee for veterans and active-duty military.

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing N/A
Central Purchasing N/A
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control N/A
Franchisee Newsletter N/A
Regional or National Meetings Yes, at additional cost
800 Telephone Hotline N/A


Various Locations 7 Days
Scottsdale, AZ 14 Days
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $150-200K
Cash Investment $75-100K
Total Investment $181.5-428.5K
Average Total Investment $311K


Initial Franchise Fee $49.5K
Average Franchise Fee N/A
On-Going Royalty 8%
Average Royalty N/A
Advertising Fee 1%

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 2-3
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 4-8
Space Needs (in square feet) 3,200-3,600
Preferred Site Types Strip Center
Other Site Types Allowed Destination
Encourages Conversions N/A
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? Yes
Listed in the SBA Registry? Yes
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 4
General Business Experience 4
Specific Industry Experience 1
Formal Education 3
Psychological Profile 4
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 10
Term of Renewal Period 10
Passive Ownership? Allowed
Area Development
Yes, for 10 years
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? No
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 15
USA Yes, All U.S. except South Dakota
Canada Yes, All Canada
Overseas Yes, All Countries
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