Gymboree was founded in 1976 by Joan Barnes. The company was originally a workout facility for children called Gymboree Play & Music.
By 1984, there were 125 franchise locations operating in 20 states.
In 1986, Barnes opens the first Gymboree retail store. The store was a success and 15 more were opened the following year.
By 1989, there were 32 retail stores.
In 1993, the company goes public. Nancy Pedot is promoted to CEO.
In 1997, Pedot is replaced by Gary White.
In 2001, the company sells its Zutopia brand to Wet Seal.
In 2003, the company headquarters moves from Burlingame, CA to San Francisco, where it remains today.
In 2010, the company is acquired and taken private by Bain Capital.
Today, Gymboree operates over 1200 children’s apparel stores in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. There are an additional 500 Play & Music centers worldwide.