Planet Fitness building $7 million gym in Edwardsville

A franchisee has announced plans to build a $7.5 million Planet Fitness health club in Edwardsville.

The two-story, 30,000-square-foot gym and fitness center will be built at the corner of Center Grove Road and Illinois 159. Franchisee John Clancy said the new metro-east locale will be a flagship for his group, Planet Fitness Midwest, as several more locations are planned for the greater St. Louis area.

“There are really no low-cost options in Edwardsville, Clancy said. ‘We saw a big void and an underserved area. We love Edwardsville. It’s super regional, and we just love the town.”

Clancy said the Edwardsville gym is expected to open in the fall of 2015.

Clancy said the Edwardsville location will staff 15 employees and offer members 125 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, including treadmills, stair climbing machines, elliptical and stationary bikes with an HDTV for each machine. Members will also have access to the PF 30-Minute Express Circuit, PF 12- Minute AB/Core Circuit, two massage chairs and three hydro-massage beds.

Planet Fitness Midwest opened its first Planet Fitness last April across the river in Overland, Mo. The group also plans to open a location adjacent to Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters, Mo. and another in Wentzville, Mo.

The group opened the first of several Planet Fitness locations in the greater Cincinnati area in 2012. That year, the franchisee opened in Finneytown, Ohio and two more in northern Kentucky. Last year, others were established in Cincinnati; Springdale, Ohio; and Milford, Ohio.

The chain was founded in 1992 and today totals 900-plus gyms that provides fitness memberships for as low as $10 a month. Chief operating officer Michael Hamilton said Planet Fitness provides a judgment-free, clean and comfortable place to work out at a great value.

“We’re thrilled at the chance to expand our offering and bring a dozen new locations to the St. Louis metro area,” Hamilton said in a released statement. “We’re excited to be opening our flagship Planet Fitness health club in Edwardsville.”

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.
Belleville New-Democrat

 

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