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Xercise4Less Planning New Rotherham Gym Creating 40 New Jobs

Fast-growing chain, Xercise4Less, is planning to open a new budget gym on the edge of Rotherham town centre.

The Leeds based company, is hoping to secure planning permission to convert the former B&Q outlet on Tenter Street into a 31,000 sq ft gym complete with 400 pieces of gym equipment, changing facilities, studio space, a female only section plus a salon and beauty treatment rooms on a mezzanine floor. 199 car parking spaces are also included in the plans.

If approved, it is anticipated that the proposed health and fitness club will provide a total of 40 new jobs both part and full time. In the plans, Xercise4Less said it will enter into measures to secure local training and employment opportunities.

Xercise4Less has been expanding its portfolio by taking on former retail and warehouse space in prominent locations. Recent openings include Doncaster (pictured) and Hull and the company recently signed a deal with Tesco to open state of the art gyms in stores at a number of sites throughout the UK.

The former B&Q site has been vacant since the DIY chain moved to a new Rotherham store at Henry Boot’s Northfield development in 2009. Planning permission was secured by Oakgate last year to enable an unnamed discount retailer to take the unit but the store never opened. The unit also found an unusual use in the mean time with the National Community Wrestling Alliance using the empty store for wrestling training.

Known as “The People’s Gym”, Xercise4Less aims to offer the largest facilities in the area at the lowest cost, with various membership types and levels.

Founded as Xercise Health and Fitness Club in 2006, it rebranded as Xercise4less in January 2009 and now has ten gyms. The company plans to open another 100 gyms in the next three years, investing £25m and creating over 1,000 jobs.

Rival discount gym operator, Pure Gym is also hoping to open a budget gym in the area at an, as yet, unnamed location and Rotherham United recently secured planning permission for a 6,000 sq ft gym inside the New York Stadium.

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