World Gym Announces Canada Expansion with Two New Development Partners

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World Gym, the iconic brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, has announced that it has signed multiple unit area development agreements for 16 new World Gym fitness centers in the Greater Toronto Area over the next seven years.

“Expanding in Canada has been a goal of ours for many years,” says Guy Cammilleri, Managing Director of World Gym International. “Together with Wes Hodgson, our Gateway Partner for Canada, we have made very positive inroads and the time and effort we have invested is coming to fruition. Beginning with Shehzad and Azhar Khan in the Greater Toronto Area, we are now poised to grow the World Gym brand in every market all across Canada.”

“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Shehzad and Azhar Khan into the World Gym family,” said Wes Hodgson, Canadian Gateway Partner for World Gym International. “As a Gateway Partner, finding quality Development Partners is my top priority and they are both fantastic to work with. I look forward to seeing the heights of where we can take this partnership.”

“I chose the World Gym Brand because its management team is genuinely committed to supporting their Franchisees,” says Shehzad Khan. “Since 1999, I have owned and operated over two dozen franchises across multiple categories, from fast food to hospitality. I know first-hand that Franchisor support is absolutely crucial to Franchisee success. My family and I are looking forward to relocating to Toronto and embarking on this new venture.”

“My brother-in-law and I have been involved in franchises for many years and we are always seeking great business opportunities,” said Azhar Khan. “The combination of a global brand like World Gym and the current state of the Canadian fitness market give us a great starting point for achieving success.”

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About World Gym International

The iconic World Gym brand was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold during the glory days of “Muscle Beach” in Santa Monica, CA when serious fitness collided with the world of Hollywood celebrities. Since then, World Gym has evolved into an internationally recognized brand that has captured the imagination of fitness lovers around the globe. Focused on the mantra “Seriously Fun Fitness”, World Gym is dedicated to creating the ultimate workout destinations across the globe. With its headquarters located in sunny southern California, World Gym currently has over 180 franchised locations in 14 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cayman Islands, Guatemala, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. To learn more about World Gym and franchise opportunities with this storied brand, please visit

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