Zaniac Bolsters North Carolina Presence with 3-Unit Franchise Deal

Planet Fitness Franchisees Add to Portfolio with After-School STEM
Enrichment Franchise

a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) franchise
where learning feels like play with programs such as Robotics: LEGO®,
Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, 3D Printing and Computer Programming,
signed a franchise deal set to bring three campuses to the greater
Raleigh area.

CJ Bouchard and Joe Pepe will open the area’s first Zaniac campus at
1202 Parkside Main Street, Cary, North Carolina planned for late 2016.
Bouchard was one of the first Planet Fitness franchisees, having opened
his first location in 2005, and the two own a combined total of 13 gyms
throughout the Raleigh-Durham region.

“My son has been involved with STEM learning from a young age, and his
eagerness inspired me to get more involved in the STEM community,” said
Bouchard. “That’s exactly why I want to bring Zaniac to the area – to
offer parents and students alike more opportunities in STEM and grant
them greater access to different learning methods and curricula.”

In addition to the Cary campus, the group plans to open two additional
locations by the end of next year. Matthew Pepe, Joe’s brother, will act
as the campus’ day-to-day operations manager. He most recently worked as
a product strategist and consultant for a number of professionals with
technical backgrounds that required STEM-based skills, which he says
opened his eyes to the importance of STEM education.

Zaniac campuses are bright and colorful, featuring glass-walled
classrooms with white boards and large multimedia screens. The company
provides a host of STEM learning programs that make math and science fun
for kids while preparing them for 21st century jobs. The
brand currently has campuses open in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah,
Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, Winchester, Massachusetts,
Southlake, Texas, Asheville, North Carolina, Santa Monica, California,
New York City and Miami. Zaniac plans to reach 50 campuses by the end of

“The technological advancements and career opportunities present in our
country demand a shift in our educational climate,” said Sidharth
Oberoi, Zaniac’s Chief Academic Officer and President. “Parents are
seeking supplemental learning opportunities for their children that
encourage them to develop the critical thinking skills found in STEM
concepts. Zaniac campuses harness creativity making it a fun, engaging
system for educational enrichment.”

For more information about Zaniac, visit

About Zaniac

Zaniac, based in Park City, Utah is a national science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) education franchise with more than nine
campus locations in eight states. Founded in 2011 by New York Times
bestselling author, economist, social entrepreneur and Professor Paul
Zane Pilzer, Zaniac aims to make after-school learning fun, helping K-8
children become engaged, develop confidence and measurably improve
academic performance. For more information, visit


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