Wednesday, November 18, 2009

MAC Expands Business To Gloucester

“The Manchester Athletic Club is building more than just its members' muscles these days. The business is expanding into Gloucester which will not only help more Cape Ann residents stay healthy — but help the local economy as well. The new gym located on Whistlestop Way next to the Commuter Rail Station is slated to open in early December and will be known as ‘MAC Fitness.’ ‘We are really proud that in this economy we were able to get financing, create jobs (in Gloucester) and expand our business,’ said Jay Herson, assistant general manager at the Manchester Athletic Club. ‘The strength of the fitness industry on Cape Ann is strong.’ Herson said that despite the current economic situation, the club's membership in Manchester has been up by 10 percent with many members coming in from Gloucester. And because of this strong membership from the city, the company started looking into a new location in Gloucester since last January before settling on the Whistlestop Way location. ‘We already had members from Gloucester,’ said Herson, ‘and we knew we had an opportunity (in the city) and thought our brand of fitness would work well in Gloucester.’ Herson said it was the staff, equipment and the experience that sets MAC apart from other gyms.”

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