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Fitness club to open in Reynoldsburg Center

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The owners of a Lancaster fitness club plan to open a second location in Reynoldsburg in August and, eventually, a third site in Lewis Center in southern Delaware County

Aspen Fitness Clubs of Reynoldsburg will be located at 7106 E. Main St. in the Reynoldsburg Center, co-owner Dana Rocco said.

Rocco and his partner, Steve Willis, opened the Aspen Fitness Clubs of Lancaster in November 2009. Their original plans were to get established first in Reynoldsburg, but they found appropriate real estate in Lancaster first.

He said business at the club in Lancaster is good and his plans are to keep expanding.

"In Lancaster, we have a good response and hopefully, we have the same response here," Rocco said.

Reynoldsburg development director Lucas Haire said he thinks the fitness club will be a great complement to the other businesses in the Reynoldsburg Center and will help increase traffic flow, which will further revitalize that shopping area.

"We're happy about that addition," he said. "It will be a very good one if you look back to our community survey, that was one of the biggest needs - sports or fitness needs - people said were not being met."

He said the 10,000-square-foot business will fill the last big vacant space in the Reynoldsburg Center. Two smaller spaces, each about 2,000 square feet, are still vacant.

"We're excited to have it coming in," Haire said. "It'll draw a lot of people into that center. People go to gyms every day and it's a convenient location right in the center of the community."

Rocco was one of the original owners of the California Fitness clubs in Columbus before selling them to Lifestyles Fitness six years ago. He said he has been in the fitness business for 24 years and wanted to start a new club that is affordable.

"I've been doing this for years and I just wanted an affordable club to come to Reynoldsburg and the Columbus area," Rocco said. "Most charge between $35 and $70 a month. We're only charging $10 a month and $19 a month for unlimited tanning, classes and day care for the kids."

The club will offer members a variety of services, including freeweights and cardiovascular equipment, spinning bikes, tanning booths, chair massages, Pilates, yoga, aerobics, a juice bar and a Kids Club day care area for children.

"A fitness center provides members an avenue for entertainment instead of going to a movie or going out to dinner," he said. "They can come to a fitness center and get healthy and spend time with their spouse or friends."

Rocco said the Aspen Fitness outlet in Lancaster employs 20 people. About 10 have been hired so far to help get the Reynoldsburg location open and running. While the new location is under construction on the east side of True Value Hardware, a pre-sale center is open at 7064 E. Main St.

He said those interested can stop by, sign up and use temporary workout equipment until construction is completed at the main location.

The pre-sale center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.


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