By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: April 2010
Jacob Keech, sales associate at the new GNC in The Shops at Broken Arrow.
A new GNC – the place where good nutrition and wellness come together – has opened in The Shops at Broken Arrow. This newest addition marks the tenth store of the family-operated franchise, the third largest in the country. This franchise prides itself on the family-run difference, with sales associates who are friendly, enthusiastic and always ready to help, and has stores in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas.
The new GNC that opened in January carries not only the health, diet and sports products people have come to know and trust; they also feature popular lines of products in brand names such as NDS, Cellucor and Biorhythm.
Marketing and operations manager Amity Ritze explains that the family difference is all about getting to know the customers and understanding their individual needs to help them reach the desired goal of healthy living.
Good health and nutrition are the cornerstones for everything in the location. And the sales associates are knowledgeable about all of the products. Some are certified personal trainers who can help customers get a good start in reaching their fitness goals.
Matt Sprinkler, store manager of GNC in Owasso.
The sales associates also have lots of general tips on how to get the best results, like reminding customers to be sure to eat breakfast every morning. This is very important to start the body’s metabolism rolling. Still, there are some people who don’t like breakfast or don’t have time to eat. GNC offers a variety of meal replacement options. One of them is the NDS Smoothie line that, according to Amity, “really tastes good.”
Nutrients are available to address just about any goal for every family member in every age group – men, women, teens, and children. These include proteins, greens, super fruits, herbs, nutrition, energy and protein bars, performance drinks, joint health, fish oils and omegas, heart health, fiber and digestion, natural cleansing, vitamins and minerals, diet and energy, and comprehensive sport nutrition lines.
GNC also has special multivitamins to help those 50 and older, and for women who are experiencing the unpleasant side effects of menopause. A variety of probiotics, including red wine components, offer health benefits. Natural sleep aids, natural oils and natural sugar replacements in powder and droplet forms are but a few of the everyday products that are free of added chemicals. For those on their way to the gym, the stores feature refrigerated sports and energy drinks in single servings to grab and go.
GNC’s “beat it by a buck” pledge means they’ll beat any locally advertised retail price for the same product by at least $1. And all products come with a 30-day guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, the unused portion with the dated sales receipt can be returned for a full refund.
The premier GNC Gold Card program offers members 20 percent off their entire purchase during the first seven days of each month. The friendly GNC sales associates can provide all the details and answer any questions.
Broken Arrow and Owasso stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Tulsa Hills store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Rob Winn, store manager of GNC in the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.