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17 10, 2023

POWER MOVE: Retro Fitness Appoints Retail Growth Veteran Larry Strain as Chief Development Officer

2023-10-17T15:17:12-04:00October 17th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Retro Fitness, the leader in high-value, low-price fitness, today announced the appointment of Larry Strain, CCIM as Chief Development Officer. Strain brings more than 25 years of experience in driving multi-unit development for top-tier franchise growth brands such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Most recently, he helped lead the successful transition of Potbelly Sandwich Works to a franchise-focused growth model which showcases his expertise and strong ability to be transformative, effect change and fuel growth.

“Bringing in an industry heavyweight like Larry was a strategic move that adds serious musce to an already strong management team,” said Andrew Alfano, CEO of Retro Fitness. “His proven track record in franchise development, investor relations, and real estate is not only a great compliment to the exciting journey we are already on, but also adds serious horsepower.”

Prior to joining Retro Fitness, Strain earned recognition as a prominent figure and thought leader in retail development and business strategy. He has a proven track record of formulating and implementing strategic growth plans for globally renowned retail brands.

“I’m thrilled to join Retro Fitness at such an exciting time in the brand’s growth,” said Strain. “With its unique value proposition, strong team culture, incredibly attractive business model, and unwavering commitment to its members, Retro Fitness is well-positioned to continue its expansion and become the leading fitness franchise in the world. I look forward to working with our franchisees to bring the Retro Fitness experience to even more communities and help people achieve their fitness goals.”

As Chief Development Officer, Strain will be responsible for the design and execution of Retro Fitness’ strategic growth plan, which includes both domestic and international markets. He will also oversee multi-unit territory development, investor relations, franchise sales and recruitment efforts, and lead all phases of real estate development.

About Retro Fitness

Retro Fitness has been providing members with a timeless approach to exercise, health, and fitness for nearly 20 years. With 200 health clubs open or in development, it is one of the fastest-growing high-value, low-price franchises in the United States.

Led by former Starbucks executive Andrew Alfano, Retro Fitness is very different from most other franchise systems. It provides investors, territory developers, and franchisees with a full suite of services, including:

  • Real estate site selection and lease negotiations

  • Project management and general construction

  • In-house media agency

  • In-house call center

  • In-house accounting services

  • Dedicated regional manager support

Retro Fitness is committed to helping its investors and franchisees succeed. With its comprehensive support system, Retro Fitness is the perfect franchise for entrepreneurs who are passionate about fitness and helping others achieve their health and wellness goals.

For more information on being a Retro Fitness franchisee, please visit

23 09, 2019

Blink Fitness Opens Its Newest Location In Bedford Park

2019-09-23T10:03:46-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Fast-Growing Fitness Brand Opens 11th Location in the Bronx

BRONX, N.Y. — Blink Fitness, the premium quality, affordable fitness brand is excited to announce the grand opening of its 11th Bronx location, in Bedford Park. Blink Fitness will open its doors to the much-anticipated location at 3000 Jerome Ave. on Friday, September 20, and is holding a grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, September 24 from 11AM to 12PM. The 16,400 square foot gym, located between E 204th and Bedford Park Blvd, will offer memberships starting at $15 per month. The fast-growing brand now has 90-plus gyms nationwide with locations coast-to-coast, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston.

As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 memberships, worth over $10,000, to Bronx Fathers Taking Action, an organization dedicated to enlightening and advocating for fathers in the Bronx and facilitating a path towards productive parenthood. In addition, Blink Fitness will also give one lucky winner a 1-year membership to the new Bedford Park Location.

“We are so grateful for Blink Fitness’ contributions to the Bronx Fathers Taking Action initiative and the #Not62 Campaign for a Healthier Bronx. As a healthy lifestyle is important in every young father’s life, the membership donations from Blink will be very beneficial to the wellbeing of the fathers we support, and in turn their children,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I welcome Blink Fitness to Bedford Park and look forward to working with the gym to make our borough a healthier place for years to come.”

Blink is a firm believer that exercise isn’t just about looking good, it’s also about how it makes you feel. In its commitment to putting Mood Above Muscle®, Blink gyms are brightly lit and feature colors that are scientifically proven to lift moods. Gym-goers are greeted and encouraged by specially trained employees, called Mood Lifters®.

“We are excited to open our doors, bringing our Mood Above Muscle® philosophy to the Bedford Park community,” said Nicole Laureano, Club Manager. “We’re sure that Blink will become a healthy, happy hub of activity in the Bronx.”

Blink Bedford Park features state-of-the-art equipment for every fitness level, including cardio machines, strength equipment, dumbbells and designated areas for stretching, HIIT, body weight training and more. Certified personal trainers are available for members looking for one-on-one fitness coaching, and every membership comes with a free personal training start up session. On an ongoing basis, personal training sessions start as low as $30.

The gym recently launched a mobile app that empowers and enables members to exercise anytime, anywhere by providing hundreds of workout videos, including HIIT, strength, yoga, stretching, Pilates, spinning and treadmill classes, as well as guided meditations. Plus, the app offers nutrition advice and recipes.

For more information about Blink Fitness, visit or the brand’s social channels below.

Instagram: @BlinkFitness 
Facebook: BlinkFitness
Twitter: @BlinkFitness

3000 Jerome Ave.
Bronx, NY 10468

Club Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5am to 11pm
Friday: 5am to 10pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7am to 7pm

About Blink Fitness
Through its revolutionary philosophy of Mood Above Muscle®, Blink Fitness—a premium and affordable fitness brand—celebrates the positive feelings exercise elicits, along with the physical benefits. Blink has 140 locations open or in development throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts and Texas. Blink has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list three times, was recognized as one of the top health clubs by Club Industry and selected as the best budget chain by Men’s Health.

Blink Fitness has franchise opportunities available nationwide with a focus on the following markets: Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Raleigh, Las Vegas and Kansas City. For more information about Blink, visit Franchising details are available on

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