PickUp USA Fitness, headquartered in Irwindale, CA, announced today that they have awarded new franchises in California and Arizona. "We're extremely excited," says PickUp USA Founder and President, Jordan Meinster. "We can't wait to get our new gyms open, and to give a whole new market of consumers the opportunity to experience what PickUp USA is all about."
Founded in 2011, PickUp USA gyms are full-service fitness clubs with a focus on basketball. Their clubs offer group and private basketball training, weight and cardio rooms, lounges, locker rooms, retail merchandise, and the company's main attraction – pickup basketball with referees.
PickUp USA launched their long awaited franchise program in May of this year, and they have seen significant interest from across the country. "It's really exceeded our expectations," says Meinster. "We've received hundreds of inquiries from individuals interested in opening up a PickUp USA. It's a great opportunity to start a business doing something that you love."
Jay Bhakta, one of PickUp USA's new franchisees in Arizona, is an experienced business owner, who has owned and operated close to a dozen franchises. Bhakta will be developing his first PickUp USA location just outside of Phoenix in the Chandler/Gilbert area. This will be the first PickUp USA location in Arizona. "There is no bounds for the opportunity that is available for PickUp USA Fitness in our area, because no one offers the services that we do - particularly the training programs and the officiated pickup games," says Bhakta.
"We're thrilled to welcome Jay to the PickUp USA family," says Meinster. "His business background and passion for fitness and basketball make him a perfect fit within our franchise system. Combine this with a vibrant market in the Phoenix area, and we really have a tremendous opportunity ahead for Jay's new PickUp USA location."
Along with these initial franchise locations in Arizona and California, PickUp USA expects to award several more franchises in the months ahead, and is targeting accelerated expansion starting in early 2017.