"We found Gymboree by accident when our first daughter was born. We wanted to open our own business, but we wanted to be part of a bigger, long term vision. Today we run our own business, doing something we love, but have all the support we need to be successful."

Franchise Information

How long has Gymboree been in business?

Gymboree Play Programs began in 1976. Joan Barnes, our founder, for lack of Sınıflar specifically for young children and their parents to attend put together structured, developmental based, programs and began a class on a local basis in Marin, California. With the success that followed two years later in 1978 Gymboree began to franchise its unique program and we have been growing ever since.

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What type of franchises does Gymboree offer?

We offer two distinctive business models depending on the needs and potential of the intended market.

Gymboree Play & Music centers are full service centers offering a large range of developmental programming including leveled and age appropriate developmental play programs, and art and music Sınıflar. The Play & Music centers are intended for major urban and suburban markets.

For smaller and emerging markets we developed the Gymboree Metro Play Center, which is located in a smaller location offering a limited selection of the programming offered at a Play & Music center. After analyzing your intended market area we will determine which of our business models best suits the opportunity.

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What type of training is provided by Gymboree Play & Music?

In addition to the mandatory initial franchise training we also offer optional regional training (conducted about twice a year), as well as Business Training and an Annual Meeting.

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What support do your franchisees receive?

Our staff of professionals will support your needs in program, operations, marketing, resale product, teacher training, personnel and more on a national, regional and local basis. We offer personal support combined with the latest internet and intranet tools to make sure you are always connected. In addition, we assign a regional field consultant to you for ongoing one-on-one support.

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How much money can I expect to make operating a Gymboree Play

& Music franchise?

Like many franchisors, Gymboree does not provide, or authorize its representatives to provide, any information on past or possible future financial results with respect to any Gymboree Play & Music or Metro franchise or company-owned unit. Your financial results will depend on many internal and external factors. Gymboree cannot reliably predict, forecast or project future performance, revenues, profits or otherwise for any Gymboree unit. As you go through the due diligence process, we suggest that you contact current operating franchise owners to collect information on the day to day operations of the business so you can complete your own business plan.

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What is the total investment--cash plus financing--needed for a

Gymboree Play & Music franchise?

Investment levels vary depending on whether you plan to open a full Play and Music center or a Gymboree Metro Play Center.

All-inclusive costs for everything you need to open a Gymboree Play & Music location (franchise fee, equipment, marketing materials, office and location set-up, insurance, training, resale product, computer and software, etc.) for an initial one-site territory is in the range of $126,000 - $270,950.

All-inclusive costs for everything you need to open a Gymboree Metro Play location (franchise fee, equipment, marketing materials, office and location set-up, insurance, training, resale product, computer and software, etc.) for an initial one-site territory is in the range of $77,000 - $178,350.

The primary variable is the type of real estate chosen and the cost of build-out associated with the location.

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Does Gymboree assist with financing this investment?

Gymboree Play Programs, Inc. does not assist in any franchisee financial investments.

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What type of locations should I investigate for Play & Music

franchisee business?

Gymboree Play & Music should be located in commercial locations, such as strip malls, shopping centers and regional malls. Commercial sites best represent the brand and have greater potential to deliver on all aspects of the business.

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Can I franchise a Gymboree Clothing Store?

No, the retail clothing stores are presently owned and operated by our parent company.

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Is Gymboree Play & Music looking to expand internationally?

Gymboree Play & Music is currently in over 30 countries around the world. We are aggressively working on our international franchise expansion and expand our global reach each year. For additional information on international franchising, please visit our International Franchise Opportunities page. For a list of the countries in which we have Play & Music or Metro centers, please view our International Locations page.

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What is the minimum net worth required to qualify to buy a

Gymboree franchise?

We require a minimum net worth of $250,000 of which $70,000 must be in liquid form and available to be invested in the business. For multi-site transactions and international master franchisees, the investment needs may be higher and will be reviewed on a case by case basis..

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How can I get more information?

Please visit our Gymboree Play & Music Franchising Opportunities page.

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