Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Snap Fitness Opens Downtown

“Snap Fitness, a 24-hour fitness franchise, is now open in a 6,000-square-foot downtown space on the first floor of the Wichita Executive Centre. The fitness center, which will cater largely to Wichita’s downtown business people, opened Monday. It features 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week access to its cardio and strength-training equipment. Minnesota-based Snap Fitness has about 950 franchises in 48 states. Franchisee owner Paul Johnson, who owns 11 workout facilities, heard about the city’s need for a downtown workout facility after visiting with Dave Lundberg, director of sales and leasing for Real Development — also a Minnesota-based company that Johnson has done business with before. ‘People within a four- and five-block radius will love it,’ Johnson says. ‘What’s nice is being open 24 hours and spreading out usage, so a person coming in won’t have to wait to use a machine. ... Our thing is that it’s fast, convenient and affordable.’ Johnson says the fitness center will employ about 10 people, including three personal trainers. Along with workout equipment and free weights, the facility includes showering facilities and in a few months, by gaining access to a neighboring room, it plans to add an aerobic room. Staff will be on hand from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., after that, members can gain access to the facility with a key card. Johnson says he is hoping to have at least 1,000 members. ‘We’ve had a great response from corporate people, so far,’ he says.”

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