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After completing renovations that added a new storefront and changed a large area of the shopping center, Governor’s Square will have a new tenant this summer.
Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week exercise facility, has signed a lease, and become the first new tenant in the center that was recently purchased and renovated by a group led by local commercial real estate broker Lee Webb.
“We’re trying to instill a mindset in our customers,” said Bob Padgett, who is opening the center with his wife, Melissa. “We want to help people build healthy lifestyles. No one really likes to workout, but I’ve never heard anyone upset or disappointed after they worked out.”
Although a gym was open for less than a year in Governor’s Square several years ago, Padgett said he believes this is something the community needs.
“I think this is something that’s necessary, something there’s a need for here,” he said. “There’s a little competition [with a few other gyms in the county], but I also know there are a lot of people training in Louisville. This is going to be a gym for everyone. We want to make it an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and can come in and do any kind of workout they want.”
From free weights to cardio and fitness classes to resistance machines, he said the fitness center will be full service.
Anytime Fitness is a franchise with more than 2,400 clubs worldwide, including at least one in every state.
“And the great thing that really kind of sets us apart is that we offer reciprocity, meaning that if you’re out of town for vacation or work you can use any of our gyms,” he said. “And because there are so many of them, there’s likely going to be one close no matter where you are.”
There are currently about a half a dozen locations open in the Louisville area, including one in Taylorsville and three in Louisville’s east end.
While the center will be accessible any time and any day, staff hours will vary.
“We’re going to have staff on hand, probably about eight hours a day, but we’re still working that out,” Padgett said. “We’re also going to have tanning access, and we’re going to have some personal trainers available, but we’re still working all of that out.”
Padgett added that pricing is not set yet, either, but he hopes to have that worked out soon so he can begin pre-selling memberships.
“We’ll probably start that in two or three weeks,” he said. “We’ll set up a table outside the new location, and have some information about the layout and amenities.”
He said he hopes to have the facility open by the end of July.