Crunch Fitness: Eight-plus locations for Dallas

Dallas — Crunch Fitness is coming to Texas. Dallas entrepreneur, author and founder of Planet Tan, Tony Hartl plans to roll out eight to 10 Crunch Fitness locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area by 2016.

As a multi-unit developer for the Crunch Franchise in DFW, Hartl brings a proven history of business success. He founded Planet Tan in Dallas in 1995 and managed its growth to 17 locations before selling the chain in 2008. At the time of the sale, Planet Tan boasted the highest sales per unit in the industry. Today, as CEO of PAH Capital, Hartl plans to invest in the first Crunch locations in DFW.

Dallas-based United Commercial Realty, a ChainLinks Retail Advisors partner, will help Hartl to identify locations and represent him in lease negotiations.

Crunch currently has 250 locations and over 300,000 members. “Entrepreneur Magazine” listed Crunch as the hottest franchise to own in 2011 and 2012. The magazine has also ranked Crunch on its 2014 Franchise 500 list.

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