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Planet Fitness coming to area

Melissa Topey • Aug 5, 2014 at 1:22 AM


A popular fitness facility is moving into Perkins Township.

Planet Fitness is moving to 4314 Milan Road in the former K&K Interiors building by the Sandusky Mall.

Crews on Wednesday were working hard on the 22,300 square feet interior of the building, adding plumbing for bathrooms and duct work for a new ventilation system.

Francis Chiappone, superintendent for Cleveland based Nyman Construction Co., was busy overseeing the project. They have built six Planet Fitness gyms.

“This (building) has good bones. They like open space,” Chiappone said.

Looking over the architect's plan, Chiappone points to where the stretching room will go, next to that crews will build a 12-minute express room and next to that a 30-minute workout room.

“We are targeting mid-October for opening but we don't have a specific date,” said Nick Panezich, regional manager for Planet Fitness.

Brett McCall will manage the gym when it opens.

“We do not cater to the power lifter,” McCall said.

Planet Fitness is a 24-hour, seven-day a week gym. The company will start pre-selling memberships for individuals inside a temporary store front near Cheers Sports Bar and Restaurant, just off the main entrance of the Sandusky Mall.

A $10 membership gets a person unlimited access to the “Judgement Free Zone,” as Planet Fitness describes its gym as well as a free t-shirt.

A $19.99 membership, known as the Black Card membership, offers more perks, such as use of tanning beds and massage chairs, McCall said.

A hydro massage room offers a full body heated water massage. It is sort of like a water bed with jets. A member lies on a the thin rubber lining and lets the 92-degree water work its magic on sore mussels without getting wet.

“That is worth $20 right there,” McCall said.

Another benefit of the Black Card membership is a member can bring along one guest a day. The guest must be at least 13 years old.

A $19.99 member can also visit any other Planet Fitness gym, up to 10 times a month.

When the gym equipment is moved in there will be about 100 pieces of cardio equipment, including stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills and step mills. There will be about 90 pieces of strength equipment.

A certified fitness trainer is available to talk to members about their fitness goals and create a plan that will help them reach the desired result, McCall said.

The tiled showers will be comfortable for cleaning up at the end of the workout.

“They will look better than my bathroom at home,” Panezich said.

An adjacent locker room will allow for items to be safely secured.

Planet Fitness is one more diversified retail offering and a good match for the mall, which does not currently have a fitness facility, said Joe Bell, spokesman for the mall management compaay. The Cafaro family, which owns the mall property, also owns the building where Planet Fitness will open.

A benefit of the location is plenty of parking, good lighting in the parking lot and, at times, the watchful eyes of mall security.

Local officials are appreciative that the building was only vacant for a month or two.

“I am glad someone moved in as quickly as it was,” said Tim Coleman, Perkins Township trustee.

That property is a high-profile location and it would not have been good for attracting businesses for it to sit empty.

“I look forward to it opening,” Coleman said.

Want to work for Planet Fitness?

Planet Fitness is looking to hire 20 to 25 people.

Positions include fitness instructors, front desk employees and cleaning crew.

Email resumes to clubzero994@planetfitness.com

Go to www.planetfitness.com for further information and updates.

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