Global gym chain Snap Fitness has opened its first gym in Derbyshire at the former Ilkeston Co-op site in a bid to bring new jobs to the area.
Snap Fitness, which has over 1800 gyms worldwide, including branches in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand and India, has taken the seventh newly refurbished unit at the site.
The development scheme is set to reinstate the former Co-op store as the focal point of the town centre.
The gym is being leased by Nottingham based ALB Commercial Investments, who plan to transform the upper floors into 66 apartments, pending planning permission.
Daniel Smith, area manager at Snap Fitness, said: “We’ve had a lot of interest in the new gym at the former Co-op, it’s a great building in a good location. The gym floor is really spacious, which allows us to provide equipment for everyone. We try to produce a relaxed atmosphere and no one is judged.
“We are all here for the same reason, to exercise and to feel better about ourselves so that is why we have targeted the gym towards all abilities, we are really passionate about helping someone achieve their personal goals”.
Snap Fitness joins Discount Party Outlet, Eighty Eight Clothing, Thorpes of Ilkeston, Newlynn and Maggie Throup MP at the Co-op building.
Arran Bailey, director at ALB Commercial Investments, said: “With its prime position opposite the Market Place, Town Hall and adjacent to the main bus stop, the newly refurbished Co-op building will once again become the focal point of the town centre. We now just have three units remaining, all of which are available to let on new flexible lease agreements from £12,000 pax.
“Creating a vibrant retail and leisure mix in conjunction with the regular Market traders is a key part of ensuring that the town centre is kept alive and bustling, assisted by the growth of town centre living which plays a vital role in ensuring that sustainable growth is maintained”.