TEMPLE TERRACE – The new Anytime Fitness center in town could stand as a testament to why its parent company – founded in 2002 and has since amassed some 2,400 franchised gyms throughout the U.S. and four other continents – was recently ranked No. 1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list.
At 8,000-square feet it is almost twice the size of the existing Anytime Fitness facility.
In the four years since Anytime Fitness franchise owner Rick Roberts opened the doors to his 4,300-square-foot co-ed gym in Temple Terrace, he’s built up a membership of more than 1,100 clients.
“We’ve reached our capacity,” Roberts said. “In fact, we have experienced such a great local response we are relocating to a larger facility to offer more programming, more equipment and even better service.”
The new Temple Terrace Shoppes location is at 9225 N. 56th St. near Bullard Parkway.
Roberts, who also owns an Anytime Fitness gym in Inverness and plans to open another one in Brooksville, said the new Temple Terrace facility is slated for a mid-March opening. It will be the largest Anytime Fitness center in Hillsborough County, if not the entire Tampa Bay area, he said.
“It’s in a high traffic area and offers us greater visibility,” said Roberts, noting the existing gym is hidden behind Applebee’s, making it difficult to see from the street.
The new gym will include access to Fitness on Request, a 24-hour-a-day kiosk featuring a group exercise video. Clients may select from more than 30 varying-length classes. They include a yoga/Pilates meld, cycling, stepping, total-body conditioning and kickboxing.
“I love this place and the new location is going to be even better,” said retiree Ty Rollins, an Anytime Fitness member who recently moved to Temple Terrace from out of state. “It’s always clean and the machines are better than anywhere else.”
University of Tampa graduate student Jide Sofowora, a resident of Temple Terrace, frequents the gym three or four times a week.
“It’s convenient, it’s affordable and it has nice people,” he said. “I really like it and the new place is bound to be even better.”
Gilbert Schisler, also a Temple Terrace resident, likes that the gym is open 24 hours a day.
“Sometimes I’ll go late at night or in the early morning and it’s easy to come and go when you want,” he said. “They have a lot of equipment to choose from and it’s cheaper than some of the larger ones.”
Call (813) 425-5000 for more information.
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