As gyms prepare to re-open after lockdown, there seems to be plenty of interest in Huddersfield’s two empty gyms.
The former DW Fitness gym in Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, is set to become a truGym, which describes itself as the “UK’s favourite low cost gym.”
The DW Fitness gym was one of 45 bought out of administration by Everlast Fitness Clubs in August last year and renamed Huddersfield Fitness Club.
However, it shut down permanently on October 30 when the company failed to negotiate a reduced rent with the landlord.
Now the building is set to become a truGym, which is currently promoting a “pre-opening offer” of £20 a month instead of the usual £32 per month on its website. It says the Huddersfield gym is “coming soon” but there is no date for the opening.
Meanwhile, the former Total Fitness gym on the Tandem Industrial Estate at Waterloo is also said to be attracting interest.
There was widespread dismay in the local community when Total Fitness announced last month that the Huddersfield gym wouldn’t re-open after lockdown.
One of Huddersfield’s largest gyms – it also has a swimming pool – it had been popular for 20 years and the closure came as a shock to the self-employed fitness trainers who ran their businesses from there.
In a statement Total Fitness said the company had “explored every option” but the Huddersfield gym had to close as part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement agreed with creditors. The Huddersfield gym was the only one to close. The remaining 16 were due to re-open after lockdown.
Equipment was moved out this week but hope remains that another gym company may take on the lease.
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Huddersfield Hub understands there has been significant interest in the premises though concerns have been expressed about the amount of work needed inside, particularly around the pool area.
Howard Moss, who had attended the gym since it opened 20 years ago, said the closure would have a “devastating” impact on the local community.
“The closure is detrimental to the local economy with the loss of jobs, particularly for young people, but it will also have a wider impact on the physical and emotional well-being of the community as a whole,” he said.
“This wasn’t just a gym, it was a strong community in its own right and losing the gym will be a bigger hit that people realise.”