Sanford trampoline company opens new Apopka location

from the Orlando Sentinel

Central Florida company is expanding with three new trampoline recreation centers planned for the Apopka area, Davie in South Florida, and Landsdale, Penn.

The new center is the eighth location for Rebounderz, which also has facilities in Orlando, Jacksonville, Virginia and New Jersey. Each center employs about 40 to 50 people, many of whom are part-time and students.

Rebounderz co-founder and president Al Palladino said the new location is essentially a replacement for the original Rebounderz center in Longwood, which closed in 2010.

The company owns two corporate facilities, while the others are franchise locations. Cost for opening a new franchise is about $1.2 million minimum, Palladino said.

“It’s good experience for younger people. There are part-time positions. Employees are brought in above minimum wage.  Managers are paid better,” said Palladino, who formerly worked for AT&T.

Palladino started Rebounderz with Mark Gurley, now CEO, who ran a karate studio and realized the potential for larger trampoline centers.

The original location was 14,900 square feet and handled about 40 people per hour. The newer, larger facilities can handle 200 people per hour, Palladino said.

The Orlando facility near Universal Orlando theme park caters to tourists, but the other facilities are based on local residents, he said.

The company fabricates all the frames, trampolines, and landing areas using materials made in the U.S., he said.

Three of the locations also have other attractions like laser tag or miniature bowling.

The company helps franchisees with branding, insurance, regulations, training and other business details. Rebounderz has patents on its equipment and layout.

According to Palladino, average revenue for a Rebounderz location is about $1.7 million.

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