Johnson Health Tech Signs Agreement to Purchase Leisure Fitness | Athletic Business

Johnson Health Tech Signs Agreement to Purchase Leisure Fitness

Source: Johnson Health Tech

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. – (June 13, 2016) – Johnson Health Tech (JHT), one of the world’s largest and fastest- growing fitness equipment manufacturers, and producer of the brands Matrix, Vision, and Horizon, today announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Leisure Fitness, a Newark, Delaware-based specialty fitness retailer with 27 stores along the Eastern coast.

“Together, Johnson Health Tech and Leisure Fitness will continue to grow and shape specialty retail,” said Nathan Pyles, President of Johnson Health Tech North America (JHTNA). “With the addition of Leisure Fitness, JHTNA has almost 100 specialty fitness retail locations in the United States. That distribution network, combined with the product design, engineering and manufacturing excellence of our global organization, gives us a unique opportunity to fuel continued growth.” 

With this acquisition, JHT, which is already the world’s largest specialty fitness retailer, will bring its store count to 315 retail stores worldwide. Leisure Fitness will be merged into the existing JHTNA retail group but will operate as a separate entity with its existing management team.

“We’re proud to be part of an organization like Johnson Health Tech that continues to invest in specialty retail,” said Paul Bastianelli, CEO of Leisure Fitness. “Like Leisure Fitness, JHT believes in investing in great people that can deliver outstanding customer experiences. With our shared vision and customer commitment, we’ll continue to help grow specialty fitness.”

“Leisure Fitness brings an organization with strong and diverse resources to JHTNA. We’re excited to welcome them to our team,” said Bob Zande, CFO/COO of JHTNA. “With Leisure’s strong East Coast presence, we’ll be able to further enhance our service levels and distribution efficiencies in that region.” 

About Leisure Fitness

Leisure Fitness, based in Newark, DE, is a leading East Coast specialty fitness retailer with 27 stores covering Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The company offers high quality fitness equipment for both home and corporate needs, and provides a professional, educated staff of knowledgeable fitness experts who pride themselves in matching customers to the right equipment to meet their needs.

About Johnson Health Tech

Johnson Health Tech, Inc. (JHT), Taiwan, is among the world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness equipment manufacturers and is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including: Matrix, Vision, and Horizon.  The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, and strength training equipment. JHT’s global management headquarters is based in Taichung, Taiwan, with global product development, marketing, and engineering based in Cottage Grove, Wis.


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