Orem, Utah-based Vasa Fitness They plan to enter the Indianapolis market with a site at the former Kroger store at 5325 E. Thompson Road on the south-eastern side of the city.
“Vasa looks at sites that are very large, and the Thompson 60,000-square-foot facility in Indianapolis is a great venue for us,” said Vasa Rich Nelson, Chief Executive, by email to IBJ.
Nelson refused to share data about the Indianapolis project, including its potential open date and potential expansion plans here in the future.
However, according to a document filed with the city last month, the company plans to build a gymnasium including indoor pool, basketball court, individual and group fitness areas, massage and tanning area, childcare area and other amenities.
The space, in a shopping center strip just east of Emerson Avenue, is empty from Kroger's left spot in November 2015 for a new larger shop across the street. Work was taking place inside the site this week.
Founded in 1996, 35 gyms are spread by Vasa across Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma, and seven other sites are open early in those states. Nelson said the company plans to open 12 clubs in three new states by the beginning of next year.
The chain has been growing in recent years.
In 2014, 17 former Gold Gym centers were rebranded in Utah as Vasa Fitness. Silver Oak Services Partners, a private equity firm based in Evanston, Illinois, was an investor in the company that year.
The trade publication clubindustry.com named Vasa as the 19th largest operator in the health club, based on 2017 revenue. Vasa reported a revenue of $ 91 million for 2017, with 32 centers at the end of that year.
And last week, WLFI-TV in West Lafayette reported that Vasa plans to open the site of Lafayette in a former Marsh supermarket.
In other retail news this week:
– Greenleaf Juicing Co., selling various juices, smoothies, soups and other items, preparing to open a second local shop at 4930 N. Pennsylvania, in a space which included a Noble Roman restaurant. Greenleaf entered the market in 2017 when it opened at 18 N. Meridian St, just south of the Monument Circle. The company also has five sites in Portland, Oregon.
Garret Flynn, a native of Hoosier, lived in Portland when he and his friend started at Greenleaf. Flynn and his wife have since moved back to Indianapolis.
– A new day of entertainment, 16 + Bit Bar + Arcade, opens at 4 pm. Thursday at 110 E. New York Street
The 21-and-up establishment, which offers more than 40 vintage arcade games plus beer and cocktails, will hold about 11,500 square feet of retail space in mixed use development. IBJ first reported in 2017.
There are places in four Ohio cities in Columbus Part, Rise Brands located in Ohio, 16-Bit also: Columbus, Dublin, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee, are due to open later this year.
Rise Brands also works Mechanical Pins Co, bowling center ducks and pellets it will be part of it the Bottle Works Area $ 300 million project being built by 850 Massachusetts Ave.
Mechanical Pins have sites in Columbus, Dublin and Cincinnati, and the sites are open by the end of the year in Charlotte and Nashville.
– U-Sun The retail showroom part closed to its outlet at 6525 E. Washington St.. in Irvington and a new facility opened about a mile east of the old Kmart store at 7425 E. Washington St. Louis.
The new showroom has 178,963 square feet, also known as U-Haul Moving & Storage East Gate. It includes a 598 unit storage facility and a showroom selling supplies, boxes, trailers chips and other moving items.
The Irvington site is now an unmanned location with 115 self-storage units. Customers can also build trucks by using a smartphone 24/7 U-Haul.
– The Indiana Bureau of Motor VehiclesThe branch behind is moving next week to 5620 Crawfordsville Road. The branch at 10 S. Mickley Ave. It will be open through Saturday. Then, starting Tuesday, operations will move to the new location.
It will include four BMV Connect self-service kiosks where users can carry out more than a dozen routine transactions, including vehicle registration renewal and driving license renewal, 24 hours a day.
And, finally, there are a few prints to note:
– Nook Paleo, a open early last year at 15 downtown, Maryland, closed earlier this month. He said a sign on the restaurant door last week, “Nook is closed for the summer and he hopes to reopen in September.” T
– And Bonna Station, a opened in August at 130 S. Audubon Road in Irvington, this month also closed. The owner of the restaurant was Amy Baggott, wife of founder Clustertruck, Chris Baggott. Tyner Pond Farm is also at the Baggotts in Irvington and in Greenfield; Griggsby Station Restaurant in Gortglass; and The Mug restaurants in Greenfield and Irvington.
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