Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, announced it awarded a franchise agreement to industry veteran Raj Patel to open 35 Retreats in the Chicago market over the next seven years — the brand’s first locations in Illinois.
The development deal is part of Massage Heights’ plans for aggressive nationwide franchise expansion following an incredibly strong year of growth in 2015 where the company reported $86.4 million in revenue and an 82-percent growth rate over the last three years.
Patel, who will kick-start the brand’s growth efforts in the Midwest with his business partner Jay Punukollu, brings nearly a decade of experience to Massage Heights and is a well-respected multi-unit operator within the franchise industry. He’s owned a variety of franchises throughout his career including Dunkin Donuts, McAlister’s Deli, Tide Dry Cleaning and The Tilted Kilt.
Patel and Punukollu have been awarded the rights to the entire Chicago market and are starting to develop immediately. They signed a lease for their first Retreat in Naperville and are scheduled to open the location this summer. The partners are also targeting Geneva, Orland Park and Schaumburg to open additional Retreats over the next couple of years.