A new £2 million gym is to open in Derby on a site that had once been destined to be a large Tesco supermarket.
JD Gyms has signed a lease on a 28,000 sq ft unit in Osmaston Road, Allenton, which it is now turning into a state-of-the-art gym.
Once open, gym members will have access to hundreds of pieces of equipment and many benefits, including free weights and strength areas; over 300 classes a month; boot camp, boxing and functional areas; “prowler” track, sprint track and rig; saunas; luxury changing rooms and free car parking.
According to JD Gyms’ website, it is planning to have the gym open by the end of November. In the meantime, people can sign up as members.
The firm said it will be keeping membership affordable at £19.99 a month – with no contract or joining fee. An early bird discount deal will see the first 200 joiners getting their first month for just £5.
Alun Peacock, managing director at JD Gyms, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be bringing a low-cost gym with a difference to Derby.
As well as state-of-the-art equipment, the new gym will offer a range of fitness classes
“We’ll be offering exceptional fitness facilities, an unrivalled class timetable, luxury surroundings and saunas in a convenient location on a highly affordable basis.
“A gym of this calibre in this area has been a long time coming and we cannot wait to open the doors later this year.”
The gym will be open from 6am to 10pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm at weekends.
The company, part of the JD Sports Fashion PLC, has already opened 12 gyms in cities across the country – including Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool.
Tesco’s plans had included revamping Allenton Market
The property it has leased is on land that was once earmarked for massive Tesco store. The supermarket giant had snapped up land in the area for the project which would have created hundreds of jobs. But in 2015, it abandoned the scheme.
The deal to lease the property was handled by Derby commercial property firm Innes England.
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Ben Taylor, director at Innes England, said: “It’s been great to be able to bring this new gym to Derby. JD Gyms is rolling out its concept all over the country, with a total of 20 trading locations pinpointed within the next 12 months.
“The land formed part of a land assembly exercise by one of the large supermarkets to construct a new store, but with the decline in this sector, these plans were abandoned and the land subsequently sold and acquired by my client.
“Several parties were interested but the JD Gyms offer, investment and high level of fit-out represented the best fit for my client.”
Source: Derby Telegraph