A new gym is on its way to Derby after plans to transform a former Morrisons convenience store were approved.
The Energie Fitness Club will be created on the ground floor of a currently vacant property in Ashbourne Road, which was formerly a Morrisons M Local store.
The plans will see 700 sq metres of floor space turned into a state-of-the-art gym, which would open from 6am to 10.30pm, seven days a week.
It is understood that the business would create four part-time jobs and one full-time role.
Energie has gyms across the UK. It opened its first fitness club back in 2003. Today, it currently has 93 clubs operating across the UK and Europe and has over 100,000 members.
According to the original planning application, which was submitted to Derby City Council back in November, the Derby gym will provide its members with access to a wide range of cardiovascular and fitness machines for a “low” monthly membership fee.
They will also receive instruction from personal fitness trainers, who will be employed on a freelance basis.
At one time the property was home to a My Local convenience store
In planning documents submitted by Planning Potential on behalf of the applicant Energy Property (UK), it said: “The proposals will enable Energie Property UK to introduce their first gym in Derby, which will bring clear economic and health benefits to the proposals, which are deemed appropriate and positive for the area.
“Energie gyms provide a wide range of facilities, including cardio equipment, free weights as well as a fitness studio.”
The premises Energie will occupy, which at one time were home to a Blockbuster Video store, have been empty for over a year.
When Blockbuster shut it was turned into a Morrisons M Local – a concept introduced by the supermarket giant when it identified a perceived gap in the market for convenience stores selling more fresh produce.
The M Local concept was sold off by Morrisons in 2015 and the stores were re-branded as My Local. But in 2016, all My Local stores closed – including the one in Ashbourne Road – when the its owner went into administration.
Source: Derby Telegraph