World Gym International, Los Angeles, opened 11 new international clubs in four countries during the first half of 2018, the company announced in a July 17 media release. This includes expansions in Australia, Brazil, India and Taiwan.
“The World Gym brand is stronger today than it has ever been,” World Gym CEO Guy Cammilleri said in the release. “Australia and Taiwan continue to expand thanks to our franchisees and partners there who have really embraced our commitment to seriously fun fitness. Latin and South America have just started to embrace the World Gym brand, and we expect many new locations there.”
The new clubs, a mix of new builds and conversions, are located in the following areas:
- Mackay, Queensland
- Bundaberg, Queensland
- Upper Coomera, Queensland
- Bunbury, Western Australia
- Ipswich, Queensland
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- Taichung Liming
- Taipei Guangfu
- Taipei Lishui
- Taipei Gongguan
The release credits World Gym's international growth to the success of its World Gym Athletics group training program and various branding initiatives.
In June, World Gym announced it had promoted Cammilleri to the role of chief executive officer and Doug Katona as chief operations officer, as part of a restructuring of its Los Angeles-based corporate team. Cammilleri is one of three sons of Joyce Cammilleri, who purchased World Gym International in 2009. He has led the company since his mother's death in September 2016.
Cammilleri recently said the last 18 months have been the most active in the company's history. In a media release about his promotion to CEO, Cammilleri said he plans to double World Gym's existing global club network to more than 400 locations by 2022.
World Gym will continue to expand its U.S. operations team in the coming months to better serve its corporate and franchised gyms, the release said.
World Gym currently operates more than 200 clubs in 22 countries and territories. The company was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold.