Anytime Fitness to Expand to Poland

The Hastings-based fitness chain has signed an agreement that will allow it to operate clubs in Poland.

Hastings-based Anytime Fitness, LLC, announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement that will allow it to expand its operations to Poland.

The company has plans to open three fitness clubs in Poland within the next two years and already has its first club under development in the country, which is scheduled to open in Warsaw in November.

The agreement comes shortly after Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour fitness club, announced plans to open clubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Benelux (Belgium Netherlands, and Luxembourg), and Japan.

Wayzata Capital, a St. Louis Park-based assets management firm, signed an Area Development Agreement to operate the Anytime Fitness clubs in Poland. MG Kaminski and Robert Lada, both with ties to Poland, currently operate Wayzata Capital. Kaminski is a native of Poland, and Lada speaks the language as has spent significant time there.

“Anytime Fitness is a natural fit for the emerging consumer class in Poland,” Lada said in a statement. “A fitness model like this doesn't currently exist. Consumers will be drawn to the convenience, affordability, and high level of customer service that Anytime Fitness offers.”

Membership fees at the clubs in Poland are expected to be comparable to the fees in the United States, around $30 to $40 per month for an individual. The fitness clubs in Poland will offer 24-hour access to members, like in the United States, and will have cardio equipment and strength-training machines.

Wayzata Poland, a subsidiary of Wayzata Capital, holds the rights to expand the agreement into a master franchise agreement at a later time. This would include the choice of selling sub-franchises to individuals in Poland, in addition to operating their own Anytime Fitness clubs.

Founded in 2002, Anytime Fitness was recently named one of the 500-fastest growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine in 2009. It serves nearly 1 million members.