Planet Fitness signs two new deals

WICHITA — There are deals for two new Wichita Planet Fitness sites, though the chain still isn’t talking about its plans here.

Have You Heard? previously reported that the company is working on locations in the former Star Lumber space at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn, at Marina Lakes at 21st and Amidon where a new Walmart Neighborhood Market is and also at the 21st and Maize area.

Since then, Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons finalized a deal for the Marina Lakes space.

On Friday, Tidemann and Landmark’s Nick Esterline finalized a deal for the former bowling alley space at 2350 N. Maize Road. That’s where Countryside West Lanes closed in 2007.

It looks like there may already be demo work going on at the possible Planet Fitness space at Normandie.

Planet Fitness isn’t the only new gym coming to the city.

Gold’s Gym International also has been working on sites here. In fact, it appears it was negotiating for some of the same space Planet Fitness nabbed.

Earlier this year, Have You Heard? reported that a Gold’s deal at Harry and Rock may already be done.

Both companies are being similarly silent. We should hear something from them soon, though.

 

Planet Fitness coming to Wichita with at least three gyms

WICHITA — Gold’s Gym International isn’t the only new fitness chain coming to Wichita.

Planet Fitness is finalizing deals for three locations as well.

In fact, the two chains have been jockeying for some of the same spaces.

No one with Planet Fitness is talking just yet, but it looks like the company is working on locations in the former Star Lumber space at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn, at Marina Lakes at 21st and Amidon where a new Walmart Neighborhood Market is and also at the 21st and Maize area.

The website for Planet Fitness describes its gyms as fairly basic.

“We don’t have any salespeople, and we don’t bother with all the extras like juice bars and childcare that drive up costs and can make a gym membership seem more like a car payment.”

Look for more news on the deals in the coming weeks.

 

Gold’s Gym International and one other large chain working on deals for several Wichita gyms

UPDATED — At this time of year, heading to the gym is a popular thing.

This happens to coincide with an apparently popular time for new gyms to come to Wichita.

There are two chains working on deals here.

No one with Texas-based Gold’s Gym International is talking details yet.

“I can tell you that we have identified Wichita as a market that we are going to build out, and we do have some sites that we’re currently working,” says Coleman Brown, director of real estate for TRT Holdings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

It looks like the company wants at least three gyms in different locations across Wichita. The first of those three deals, which is at Harry and Rock, may be done.

These apparently will be corporate stores, not franchises.

There are more than 600 Gold’s Gyms internationally. The more than 45-year-old company bills itself on its website as “the original, the place where it all began.”

A second large fitness chain also is close to what may be several Wichita deals. Look for more information in the next week or two.