Posted 25 Oct, 2018
Anytime Fitness claims its spot as Ripley’s First Gym
AN Anytime Fitness franchiser and experienced gym-owner has snatched up a premium site at the Ripley Town Centre in a rare opportunity to launch the region’s first gym.
The 660sq m upper level gym is currently being fitted out and is set to transform the lifestyles of Ripley locals.
Ripley is expected to see one of Queensland’s highest population growth rates over the next 25 years, presenting an exceptional opportunity for Ripley Town Centre as the region’s major shopping hub.
Owner-operator Matthew Doughty has been in the gym business for eight years and has now taken on the unique prospect to run the suburb’s very first gym.
“I approached Sekisui House, the developer of Ripley Town Centre, regarding the tenancy as I was looking to get a foothold in an area that offered longevity,” Mr Doughty said.
“Setting up business in the Town Centre is a great opportunity and we anticipate the new gym will capture many customers from the numerous communities sprouting up in the Ipswich region.
“We expect to see competition come through over the next few years but being inside the Town Centre which will serve the broader community will certainly give us a strategic advantage for many years to come,” he said.
Ripley Town Centre senior development manager Taku Hashimoto is very pleased to welcome Anytime Fitness to Ripley Town Centre and sees it as a very successful and long-term partner.
“This is a first for the region and we are excited to be able to expand on our offer and welcome a brand of this calibre to Ripley Town Centre,” Mr Hashimoto said.
“The launch of Anytime Fitness marks another milestone for Sekisui House Australia as we continue to make the most of the rapidly growing population in the region.
“Anytime Fitness adds another dimension to the retail mix at Ripley Town Centre that is designed for the long term and will continue to draw people from throughout the region,” he said.
Ripley Town Centre’s lease agreement with Anytime Fitness offers a lease term of 10 years with a five-year option.
Anytime Fitness Ripley will be the largest operating 24-hour gym in the greater Ipswich region and will be the first Anytime Fitness in Australia to launch their new branding.
Mr Doughty and his team will be singing up foundation members from November and are on-track to be open and running before Christmas this year.