Play & Music is Serious Business!
More than 700 Gymboree Play & Music Program franchises in over 40 countries prove what we've known for more than 35 years--play and music combined with learning is serious business! We bring fun, creativity and friendship to our customers and our franchisees too!
As the creator and leader in interactive children's play, music, art and development programs, we've built a business system with an unequalled reputation. Our unique approach has created a loyal customer base that continues to grow worldwide. Our franchisees also have the advantage of being part of a rapidly growing Gymboree brand. We are quickly expanding in U.S. markets and opening new franchises all over the world.
About Gymboree Play & Music
Gymboree Play & Music began in 1976. Our founder, Joan Barnes, recognized the lack of classes or groups for infants and their parents and began a "test" Gymboree class. It was an instant success. Two years later, Gymboree began to franchise its unique program and we have been growing ever since. When a parent and their child attend a Gymboree Play Program they will participate in the "Level" that represents not only the child's age but also the developmental tasks he is working on. As certain steps are achieved the child will move up to the next level. In addition to our core play programs we have additional Gymboree designed classes that are developmentally based and offered year around. This includes Music, Art and School Skills for those older childern (which in most sites, is a drop off class).
The Gymboree International Master Franchise offers a long-term business development opportunity to qualified individuals and companies worldwide. As a Master Franchisee you are the Gymboree franchisor for an exclusive international territory and therefore benefit from the following:
- Generation of revenue by operating sites, selling franchises and receiving royalty payments.
- Use of Gymboree internationally recognized trademarks.
- Complete International Master Franchisee training program.
- Unique equipment package used in our program.
- Ongoing assistance in marketing, development and operations.
- Worldwide network of Gymboree Franchisees and Master Franchisees.
Investments: $120,935 – $279,900
Franchise fee: $35,000 - $45,000
Royalty fee: 6%
Minimum Cash: $90,000
Net Worth: $270,000
Training and Support
What type of training do you provide?
Gymboree Play & Music provides first class training for its franchisees that begins with your Initial Franchise Training (IFT) all the way through your tenure with us as an owner. Our IFT is comprised of eight (8) full days of in-depth training ranging from business acumen including operations, marketing and human resources to on-site program instruction. It takes place both at our home office as well as in our corporately-owned sites to give you the most hands-on experience. After the completing of your initial training, we provide ongoing support through regional field consultants who are there to hold your hand as your enter the world of business ownership. Our team consists of over 15 years of experience with much of the experience having started in the field. We pride ourselves on being readily available for our franchisees and assisting them in any way possible to help them succeed. Our success is based on your success!
What support do your franchisees receive?
Our staff of experienced, enthusiastic professionals will support your needs in program, operations, marketing, resale product, teacher training, personnel and more on a national, regional and local basis. Our franchisees can tell you that we offer full support, in every business area and it is continual.
Gymboree franchisees come from all walks of life but they share a common passion for running their own business and for helping young minds develop. Skills in customer service, marketing, people management and a financial understanding will help you. Our franchisees come from diverse backgrounds--teachers, retail sales, customer service, management, child development and corporate careers. Running a Gymboree franchise requires many things and we will train you in required disciplined to help you succeed. Owing a Gymboree franchise(s) is both challenging and personally fulfilling. If you want a business that helps future generations of child develop - socially, mentally and physically- then you should investigate a Gymboree franchise.
Gymboree Play & Music is looking to locate 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.