WICHITA — As Have You Heard? has chronicled the ever-growing list of new workout facilities coming to town, the natural follow-up question has been, “Can Wichita support all these places?”
Apparently, the folks at Gold’s Gym may have been wondering the same thing.
No one with the Texas-based company could be reached for comment, but it looks like Gold’s may not be headed here after all.
In January, Coleman Brown, director of real estate for TRT Holdings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, told Have You Heard? 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.”
It looked like the company wanted at least three gyms in different locations across Wichita. A deal at Harry and Rock was close to being finalized.
Planet Fitness may have had an impact on Gold’s decision to come here.
The chains negotiated for some of the same spaces. For instance, Gold’s apparently wanted to locate at 21st and Amidon, but Planet Fitness got the deal done. This may have affected the Harry and Rock deal.
At best, Gold’s plans for the market appear to be on hold. We’ll let you know if that changes.