New 24-hour gym on the way at Gloucester Quays
A MULTI-MILLION pound 24-hour gym is on the way to Gloucester Quays.
A national chain called The Gym, which already has 18 outlets across the country, wants to bring a new £1.5m facility to a retail unit above Pizza Express.
The Gym wants to take up a 15,000sq ft space, one of the larger ones at the Quays, such is the firm's confidence.
A planning application is about to be submitted for it, and subject to approval, a target opening date has been scheduled for September or October.
The move is a major boost for Gloucester Quays, which was granted approval this week for a £60million expansion of the shopping centre.
A spokesman said: "This is a really significant investment that yet another retailer is making in the quays.
"It will be 24 hours a day with a range of membership options and the best facilities.
"It's great news for us and will help fill a large unit which has its entrance by the canalside."
The company was named Budget Gym of the Year 2011, and specialises in relatively low prices of around £16 a month, with offers for students and graduates.
It has facilities in several major cities including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, and Manchester.
John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group, said: "Our concept isn't about capturing members from our competitors, it's about attracting a whole new market, like students."
The Gym's opening would create at least 15 jobs.