|New studio owner, Bianca Lauck. Provided.|
Barre3 Fort Thomas in the Fort Thomas Plaza recently announced a change in ownership.
After building her business and spending more than a year molding this unique and effective workout into the fabric of the Fort Thomas community, previous owner Kelley Groneck decided to sell the franchise for a career opportunity back in an industry she “loved and missed,” per Groneck.
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Barre3, which is an isometric and motion-based mind and body strength-training class, is a national franchise into which Groneck had bought. After teaching underground classes in friends’ homes to build up her teaching credentials, Groneck opened the studio in the Fort Thomas Plaza and built a large client-base. Over her first year, she brought on several new teachers and made many residents into barre3 converts.
As Groneck is set to turn over the reins to new ownership, she assured FTM that given the franchising standards set by barre3, little should change for existing clients.
The teachers, class schedule, and membership community should all remain the same. In fact, Groneck plans to continue to attend classes at barre3 Fort Thomas but as a client rather than owner/instructor.
As Groneck reflected on her time building the Barre 3 business, she released the following parting statement to FTM:
“Looking at the journey the studio has taken since the very purchase of the franchise, I am very appreciative and proud of where the studio has come. I wanted to bring a place to our community that embraced everyone, created a positive, healthy community, and a place that offered connection and release from the daily grind of life.
I cannot believe the amount of support I have had from so many people, especially those that worked for me. From underground classes, free community classes, and packed classes in the studio, I loved seeing so many people listening to their bodies, finding a healthy workout that is personal to them, and connection with each other. The number of clients who have expressed how much they love the studio, the workout, the environment, and those who have been so happy to have a great place to meet new friends, is humbling. Even though I will no longer be owning the studio, I know that this studio will continue to bring the positive environment it is meant to bring.
This is because of all the amazing staff! They represent the true beauty of Barre3. From the most amazing instructors, to front desk girls, to childcare, everyone has the same desire to make people happy and healthy! They deserve the most credit, and I owe all the success of the studio to them and those that have continued to support me and the studio! Ft. Thomas is an amazing community that really stands behind their businesses and their community. This studio was meant to be here, to be a special place to all who enjoy coming. I will truly miss everyone, but I hope to continue seeing everyone as a client!”
New franchise owners must be approved by barre3 franchisor and, per Groneck, new-owner Bianca Lauck was unanimously approved to purchase the franchise.
Lauck started out as a client of a barre3 studio and has been teaching classes for more than a year at the Montgomery location of barre3 before purchasing the Fort Thomas studio. According to her bio on the Barre 3 website, for Lauck, “owning a studio wasn’t just a chance to have her own business, but a chance to offer other people what she had found in barre3: incredible workouts, a like-minded, inclusive community; and a respite from the demands of everyday life.”
FTM and the Fort Thomas business community welcomes Lauck and wishes Kelley Groneck all the best as she pursues her new career passion. For more information about Barre 3 Fort Thomas, check out their website.
|Bianca with her husband Brad and two children.|