A former shoe shop in a Derbyshire town could be set to be turned into a 24-hour gym.
The plans, which have been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council, involve converting the former Brantano store at the Pipeworks Retail Park, in Swadlincote, into a Snap Fitness gym, which would be open 24/7.
As well as applying to change the use of the building, a new mezzanine floor would be installed to provide separate studio space.
The unit, which has a floorspace of 446 sq metres, has been empty ever since the shoe retailer shut all of its UK stores in June after going into administration in March.
The closure of Brantano stores resulted in the loss of more than 900 jobs nationwide. It is not known how many jobs would be created by the gym proposal at Swadlincote.
In planning documents submitted to the district council by Resolution Planning, on behalf of applicant TK Twenty 4 Fitness, said: “The Snap Fitness business model is based around offering its members a standard format state-of-the-art gym facility, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The layout includes a high-quality fit-out specification to ensure consistency, quality and brand integrity.
The Pipeworks Retail Park is home to a number of major retailers
“The proposed gym will be largely open plan and will comprise distinct workout areas, including a cardio area, free weights section and weight machines.
“The proposed development will result in a series of positive effects, including the creation of a number of full and part-time jobs. These positions will be at a range of levels and seniority.”
Something for the shopaholics out there
Pipeworks Retail Park is already home to a number of retailers including Aldi, Poundworld, Home Bargains, Argos and Iceland. It has food and drink outlets including Prezzo, Hungry Horse, Subway and Costa Coffee – and an Odeon Cinema.
The planning application argues that adding a gym to the retail park will further enhance the retail park’s leisure offer.
It said: “The change of use will bring the unit back into economic use and allow the applicant to respond to emerging shopping trends which are dampening demand for the unit.”
Source: Derby Telegraph