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A History in Franchising

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GNC opened its first franchise store in 1988 and has been at the forefront of franchising since then! The GNC Franchise system benefits from over seven decades of retail and brand dominance. We continue to grow our proven and successful franchise system with operators who are passionate about retail and enjoy helping others LIVE WELL.

GNC's brand awareness and people's desire to LIVE WELL have allowed us to open new stores all across the world to satisfy the increasing demand for supplements, enabling us to gain many brand-loyal customers!

From its beginning in 1935, as a single store on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh to today's more than 8,300 retail locations throughout the United States and in over 50 international markets, GNC has truly become an industry leader.



GNC’s founder, David Shakarian, followed his dream by opening his first health food store in Pittsburgh, PA. Today, that single store has evolved into the largest health and nutrition chain in the world. Come be a part of that dream.

Apply for a GNC Franchise opportunity today.