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Evening Standard
Evening Standard
Daniel O'Boyle

World's largest Pilates chain comes to UK with two London openings

The world’s largest pilates chain, Club Pilates, is set to open its first two UK studios this month in London.

Franchisee Deblankson Fitness Group will open a Club Pilates studio in Bankside and one at Fulham Broadway. Franchisor Xponential Fitness said it expects those to be the first two of 50-75 new openings over the next three-to-five years, which could support 900 new jobs.

The chain, which started in California in 2007, has 1,533 locations across the world, in Canada, Australia, Japan, the Dominican Republic and Germany as well as the US.

Deblankson founder Richard Uku said: “We cannot wait to see Bankside and our flagship Fulham Broadway studios open to the public in January, officially kickstarting an exciting period of growth. 

At Club Pilates, we are passionate about the extensive health benefits Pilates in all forms can provide. I’m excited to introduce our accessible concept to a UK audience who we know have a rapidly growing interest in pilates.

“Not only are the benefits to be had for members and clients substantial, but also franchisee’s average annual revenue after two years can be in excess of £400,000. The support we provide is industry-leading too, from assisting franchisees with site selection and build out, through to instructor and management training, pre-sale member build, ongoing monitoring, and operational support tapping into extensive data analytics capabilities.”

 “Having spent such a big part of my life in the UK, it’s incredibly exciting to be launching here, and we truly believe we can revolutionise the Pilates landscape in the UK.”

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