A former Morrisons convenience store on a busy road into Derby could be set to be turned into a gym.
Plans have been submitted to Derby City Council to change the use of the ground floor currently vacant property in Ashbourne Road and turn it into an Energie Fitness Club.
The proposal would involve turning the 700 sq metres of floor space into the state-of-the-art gym, which would be open from 6am to 10.30pm, seven days a week.
If given the go-ahead, 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 planning application, the Derby proposed gym would provide its members access to a wide range of cardiovascular and fitness machines for a “low” monthly membership fee.
The gym on the upper floor of the building has since closed and is being turned into offices
They will also receive instruction from personal fitness trainers, who would be employed on a freelance basis. The gym would have 10 parking spaces for its members.
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 proposals are testament to the organisation’s success and the popularity of its state-of-the-art gyms, which have been well received in similar locations across the UK.”
The former Samways Cycles shop opposite the proposed gym is to be demolished to make way for student flats
The ground floor unit has been empty for just over year. At one time, it was home to a Blockbuster Video store.
It was then converted 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.
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The M Local concept was sold off by Morrisons in 2015 and the stores were re-branded as My Local. But last year, all My Local stores closed – including the one in Ashbourne Road – when the its owner went into administration.
At one point there was a gym on the first floor of the property – but this has since shut and is now set to be turned into offices.
The application to turn the ground floor into a gym comes just a week after plans were approved by Derby City Council to demolish the former Samways Cycles shop on the opposite side of Ashbourne Road and build 39 student flats in its place.
Source: Derby Telegraph