Universal Companies Takes India! Indian Woodhouse to Open Summer 2011

Brian Paris

Our corporate division has been growing tremendously! Equipment sales showed exponential growth last year, with no sign of slowing down. In this post, I’ll discuss our foray into India with client Woodhouse Day Spas. In my next post, I’ll talk about some of our other projects around the world.

Our long-term partner Woodhouse Day Spas has entered into a partnership to develop 50 (yes, you read it right, 50!) day spa franchises in India. The first outlet in Ludhiana, Punjab is set to open this summer. The flagship 10,000 sq. ft. Indian Woodhouse location includes a fitness center with a membership component, and it will typify the American day spa experience.

Since India has not been affected by the global recession, development is booming! There are currently over 2,300 spas, generating revenue of over $384 million annually. It has been a learning curve doing business in India, but we have developed many new partnerships with Indian suppliers and have become an important resource to the Indian spa industry.

Woodhouse Day Spas CEO Jeni Garrett will be presenting the Indian Woodhouse concept at this year’s Global Spa Summit in Bali. Universal Companies Founder Marti Morenings and Executive Vice President Alfredo Carvajal will also be there to report on the festivities. Look for commentary on the GSS in the Spa-Insider blog in May.

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