Andrew Alfano is the CEO of Retro Fitness, a leader in the high-value, low price fitness space with more than 140 gyms open or under development in 15 states. Alfano joined Retro Fitness this past May with over 25 years of experience in the retail, hospitality, and restaurant industries to mature and drive the growth of the brand across the US. Alfano currently sits on the Board of Fellows for the Culinary Institute of America, and previously sat on the Board of Directors for Make-a-Wish South Florida and United Way, NYC Board of Fellows.
[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Andrew Alfano, the CEO of Retro Fitness.
[2:07] Josh welcomes Andrew to Franchise Euphoria.
[2:34] Andrew shares about how his background in food service led him to a career in franchising.
[8:05] Retro Fitness currently has 140 units either open or in development.
[10:31] Andrew explains that Retro Fitness is part of the “high value, low price” fitness industry.
[14:09] Retro Fitness emphasizes the importance of establishing and maintaining a relationship with their clients, especially during the pandemic.
[16:23] Andrew explains who the two types of ideal Retro Fitness franchisees are.
[20:20] Andrew shares what the importance of focusing on thoughtful franchise growth is and how a franchise system can stay focused on this goal.
[25:13] Andrew discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Retro Fitness and how they’ve been managing the challenges associated with it.
[29:55] In Andrew’s opinion, the fitness industry is in a far better position to provide a safe experience than some officials have been suggesting.
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