Gym Group looking up new Leeds sites

The Gym Group plans to grow in Yorkshire.
The Gym Group plans to grow in Yorkshire.
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The Gym Group is to target Yorkshire as a key area for expansion and it is eyeing up sites Leeds.

The firm said it hopes to open dozens of sites in Yorkshire after it announced plans to beef up its presence in the North with the acquisition of 18 gyms from Lifestyle Fitness for £20.5m. The deal includes two gyms in Yorkshire in Wakefield and Barnsley and the group said it is keen to find more sites in the county as it is currently under represented.

John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group, said: “We are really keen to open more gyms in Yorkshire.

“We already have three sites in Leeds and we are about to open a site in Huddersfield. Yorkshire is a key area for us. We are looking at opening sites in towns and cities like Harrogate and York. Our ideal is a city location with 50,000 people or more within a 10 minute drive time.”

He said the plan in bigger cities like Leeds is to open a number of different sites so people have gyms near where they work and where they live.

“We plan to open more gyms in Leeds. We could have eight to 10 sites in Leeds,” he added.

“We are under represented in Yorkshire.”

Each gym is typically 15,000 sq ft and has 200 pieces of gym equipment and 50 to 60 classes a week.

“It’s a no-frills offering,” said Mr Treharne.

He was speaking as the group said the Lifestyle Fitness deal should complete on September 29.