Bidders are lining up for the auction of budget fitness group Pure Gym, after the business plumped for a sale instead of an IPO. Buyout firm KKR is understood to be one of those preparing offers for the chain. The deadline is currently set for Thursday next week. The company had previously planned to float on the stock market, but pulled the plug on its ambitions last year. This left rival The Gym Group as the only listed gym company in London.
Shares in the only listed gym company The Gym Group rose 8.5 per cent this morning, after the company announced the acquisition of 18 additional sites for £20.5m. The acquisition from Lifestyle Fitness is set to double the number of new gyms opened by the group this year, adding to an existing 20 gyms in its rollout scheme. The gyms are situated across the Midlands and the North. Eight will continue under the Lifestyle brand while 10 will be converted to The Gym brands immediately.
Gymbox founder Richard Hilton stumbled upon the idea for his company as a skinny 19-year-old living in New York and working in advertising, as we found out at a recent Leap 100 roundtable. He wanted to bulk up. “The Americans were having a lot more success with women than I was because they were all huge,” he explained. He signed up to a gym, but was uninspired and lost enthusiasm after three months. Then he came across Crunch. “It was an insane environment”, says Hilton.
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