Lifestyle: Seattle Sun Tan Announces Acquisition of Desert Sun Tanning Salons

SEATTLE, WA – Seattle Sun Tan, Seattle’s premier tanning destination, announces the acquisition of the Desert Sun Tanning Salons franchise system. With 34 Seattle Sun Tan locations throughout the Puget Sound and 60 Desert Sun locations in Washington state, Seattle Sun Tan will become the fourth largest tanning salon operator in the U.S. with just under 100 locations.

“When we opened the first Seattle Sun Tan location in 2004, we had an outstanding response from our customers and set a goal of expanding to 12 locations by 2012. We have surpassed that number by nearly eightfold with the Desert Sun acquisition,” explained Seattle Sun Tan Founder Scott Swerland. “Seattle Sun Tan’s mantra of providing state-of-the-art equipment and excellent customer service has allowed for this success, and we are thrilled to bring Desert Sun under our umbrella.”

Prior to its acquisition by Seattle Sun Tan, Desert Sun was owned and operated by Palm Beach Tan, Inc., based in Dallas, Texas. Swerland will continue to run all franchised Desert Sun locations under the Desert Sun brand with the eventual goal of continuing to expand both Desert Sun and Seattle Sun Tan in Washington state and beyond.  

The Seattle Sun Tan brand was created with the goal of offering an unparalleled tanning experience by providing first-class facilities with cutting-edge design, sincere customer service, premium skin care choices and customer education on the health benefits of responsible tanning. The Seattle Sun Tan concept has received rave reviews for its hospital cleanliness, Smart Tan certified staff, five levels of tanning and a wide array of premium skin care choices, many of which will eventually be offered at Desert Sun locations.

About Seattle Sun Tan
Seattle Sun Tan salons offer the most unique tanning experience east of Maui with the newest equipment, contemporary facilities and unparalleled customer service. Recognized as one of the “Top 15 salons in the United States” by New Sunshine, LLC, the world’s largest distributor and manufacturer of tanning equipment and products, Seattle Sun Tan salons are equipped with top-of-the-line UV-tanning beds, premier sunless options including VersaSpa and SunFX technician-applied airbrush tanning, and alternative skin and body care methods including Red Light Therapy, Hydration Station and Infrared Body Wraps. All of Seattle Sun Tan’s 34 Puget Sound locations are open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information and location details, visit

About Desert Sun Tanning Salons
Founded in 2001, Desert Sun operates 55 franchise locations and five corporate stores throughout Washington state. Desert Sun offers a full selection of premier tanning options, including high-quality sun beds, Mystic Tan and/or VersaSpa sunless tanning booths, Red Light and Body Wrap Therapy and a vast array of tanning and skin care products. Each salon is designed to create a warm, inviting environment for customers in convenient neighborhood locations. For franchise details and opportunities, please contact Scott at For more information on Desert Sun Tanning Salons and locations, visit

Written by Charles Koh

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