The Process | Franchise Fees | Franchise Stores | Store Operations & Training | Franchise Terms | Site Selection

At GNC, we believe in your future as a franchise operator and—as we work to help you succeed—we pledge to maintain franchising’s highest standards and purposes. But, you represent the single most important factor in your own success. You must be prepared to make the sacrifices and invest the time necessary to acheive your goals. If you’re committed to your success, we invite you to join our program and share our passion for continued growth.

The Process

Q: How long does the franchisee application approval process take?
A: From the time the application is received, the approval process takes approximately 10 business days.
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Q: What are the steps in the process?
A: View the Steps to Franchising a GNC page.
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When all of the steps have been completed, you're ready to open for business. A GNC field representative will work with you during the first week. GNC's continuing support system is available for you to access when needed.

Franchise Fees

Q: How much is the total investment needed to secure a GNC Franchise?
A: You will need approximately $178,000 - $218,500.*
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*Estimate only – amounts vary by location

Q: What is your initial franchise fee?
A: $40,000.
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Q: What other costs are included in the total investment*?
A:
Equipment $4,500
Signage $4,000 - $6,000
Fixtures $33,750 - $53,750
Construction $35,000 - $53,000
Opening Inventory $60,000
Promotional Materials $1,250
*Estimate only – amounts vary by location

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Q: What is the franchising royalty fee?
A: The royalty fee is six percent of your gross sales, and is exclusive of any sales tax and documented refunds.
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Q: What about advertising?
A: GNC invests millions of dollars in national advertising campaigns designed to help drive traffic into stores around the country. Franchisees contribute three percent of their gross sales in support of these campaigns. In addition, GNC designs and provides franchisees information and tools to help them execute local marketing campaigns throughout their markets.
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Q: How much can I expect to earn?
A: Your earnings capability will depend on a number of factors-such as your location, the amount of time you spend in your store, your business and retail acumen, as well as market conditions. Naturally, as in any business venture there is no guarantee of your success or profitability. We do, however, give you the benefit of a well-organized system and a concept refined by our many years of experience. Item 19 in our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) provides the only earnings claim we are allowed by law to make.
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Q: Does GNC offer direct financing?
A: Yes, GNC has financing options available to qualified candidates on select locations.
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Franchise Stores

Q: Am I given any territorial protection?
A: You will be awarded an approved location and may be awarded a protected territory under the terms of your franchise agreement.
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Store Operations & Training

Q: Do I receive training from GNC?
A: Absolutely! We have a great training program for new Franchise operators! New Franchise operators are required to successfully complete a three-phase training program provided by GNC. The program includes local in-store training, classroom training in Pittsburgh, and on-site support in your store during the opening week. The cost of the training program is included in the initial franchise fee.
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Q: Do I receive field assistance in opening my GNC store?
A: Yes. In addition to our comprehensive training program, our Directors of Franchise Operations will work with you in your store during the first week of operation.
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Q: What form of continuing operational guidance will I receive?
A: You will receive the GNC Franchise Operations Manual to help you with day-to-day operations; field support from a dedicated franchise field representative; ongoing purchasing services; inventory management; financial services; technical assistance; as well as guidance and resources for your promotional, operational and other business needs. Plus, you can access a variety of on-line resources through our franchise intranet-support system.
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Franchise Terms

Q: Can I sell my GNC store?
A: Yes. Like any other business, you can sell your store to a buyer approved by the company. There is a transfer fee for administrative, legal and training expenses that affect the transfer.
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Q: What is the term of the franchise agreement?
A: The initial term is ten years, after which the agreement may be renewed twice for additional five-year terms. Renewal is subject to our approval and will be at the then current franchise terms, conditions and renewal fees.
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Q: I would like to study your franchise agreement. Will you send me one?
A: Our franchise agreement is a valued document which we do not indiscriminately distribute. However, once you have a personal meeting with a member of our franchising team, we will be happy to provide you with a copy of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) to help you in deciding whether to pursue the GNC Franchise opportunity.
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Q: I'm ready to go! What do I do?
A: Fill out and submit the Confidential Get Acquainted Form. To expedite your process, complete and submit this form along with your Franchise Application. If you qualify, we can begin the process leading to opening your GNC franchise store.
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Site Selection

Q: How do I know which development areas are available and where the sites are within those markets?
A: Visit the Opportunities page to see the markets in which we are expanding.
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