The Global Health and Wellness Brand Seeks Midwest Independent Agency Partner

CINCINNATI (March 26, 2019) – GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the leading global specialty health, wellness and performance retailer has selected Empower as its Media agency-of-record to lead integrated media efforts including digital, social, programmatic, offline media and analytics.

“The retail landscape is changing, and we needed a partner who understands how these new dynamics impact the wellness category,” said John Learish, senior vice president of marketing at GNC. “It was Empower’s authoritative data-driven approach tied to a strategic roadmap for how GNC’s brand can resonate with new audiences that proved they’re the right business partner. They just get our GNC audiences and they know how to meaningfully connect with their lifestyles.”

GNC has connected customers with their best selves for over 80 years by offering a premium assortment of health and wellness and performance products. GNC’s vast selection of growing product lines paralleled with their knowledgeable associates, demonstrates their authoritative position in the expanding marketplace.  

“We’re eager to apply our retail expertise and passion for the wellness category to elevate and grow GNC’s business,” said Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operating officer at Empower. “We are excited to ignite the GNC loyal fanbase and bring new customers into the brand through our data-led media campaign.”

The GNC business will be led out of Empower’s Cincinnati headquarters.

About GNC

GNC Holdings, Inc.  (NYSE: GNC) – is a global health and wellness brand that helps people live well. The company is known and trusted for quality performance and nutritional supplements, and its broad assortment features innovative private-label products as well as national recognized third-party brands, many of which are exclusive to GNC.

GNC’s diversified, omni-channel business model has global reach and a well-recognized, trusted brand, and provides customers with excellent service, product knowledge and solutions. The company reaches consumers worldwide through company-owned retail locations, and domestic and international franchise activities, and e-commerce. GNC also has exceptional innovation and product development capabilities, manufactures products for third parties and generates revenue through corporate partnerships. As of December 31, 2018, GNC had approximately 8,400 locations, of which approximately 6,200 retail locations are in the United States (including approximately 2,200 Rite Aid licensed store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in approximately 50 countries.

About Empower
Empower is The Creative Media Agency. Recognized as an Ad Age Agency A-List Standout, our award-winning integrated team of experts in audience, media, message and measurement deliver data-driven, tech-enabled and emotionally-charged Creative Media.

Tackling business challenges with the precision of an engineer and the heart of a matchmaker, Empower goes beyond securing impressions and makes those impressions personal.

Some of our biggest fans include Brooks Running, Jack Link’s, V-Tech, Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Gorilla Glue, Rust-Oleum, PetSmart, TriHealth and Fifth Third Bank.

Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati and has a rapidly growing Chicago office. Located in the city’s bustling River North neighborhood – Empower’s Chicago team is just steps from the Merchandise Mart.

While much has changed over the course of our 34-year company history, some things remain: we are fiercely independent and we will constantly challenge the media status quo.

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Media Contact:

Meghann Craig for Empower

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