easyGym to create 25 new jobs by reopening former Fitness First centre in Shirley

The Fitness First centre in Shirley Road is to be reopened as easyGym

The Fitness First centre in Shirley Road is to be reopened as easyGym

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TWENTY-five jobs are to be created through a £1.5m investment to reopen a popular Southampton gym.

More than 2,300 members were left upset and disappointed when Fitness First closed its Shirley Road gym at short notice last December, as part of a restructuring by the chain to cut huge losses.

As reported, some users said there had been “uproar” when it was announced the gym was to close within a fortnight.

Now easyGym – started by the entrepreneur who founded budget airline easyJet, Stelios Haji-Ioannou – has stepped in to take over the property.

The firm, which has existing branches in Birmingham, Cardiff, Slough and London, said it will open its new facility on March 11 as part of an expansion that will also see three other gyms open within months, including a flagship outlet in London’s Oxford Street.

Unlike many other fitness brands, easyGym said its “low-cost” approach will not make members sign up to fixed contracts.

A spokesman said: “easyGym takes a new approach to fitness – offering members the great fitness experience you’d expect from the established chains but at a fraction of the price and with no fixed contract, members avoid the 12, 18 or 24-month contracts required by some gym groups.”

The company said it also hopes to entice customers with the promise of “state of the art equipment” and an “innovative entertainment system”.

This gives members access to 70 channels as well as the chance to browse the Internet or connect their iPods to personal monitors built into exercise machines.

Poole-based Fitness First, which runs 417 centres across the UK, Germany, Australia and Asia, announced earlier last year it had entered a company voluntary agreement (CVA) to sell 67 of its British clubs as part of a restructuring to save the business.

The chain was saved from administration when landlords agreed to slash rents by around 70 per cent, in a deal that saw its £600m of debt wiped out.

But last month it posted a pre-tax loss of £671.5m for the 12 months to October 2011, compared with a loss of £82.9m for the year before.

Its Southampton branch had opened in 1998, and counted world champion bodybuilder Marina Cornwall among its personal trainers.

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11:22am Mon 11 Feb 13

loosehead says...

So exactly how much a month will it cost?
When can people sign up or start using the Gym?
So exactly how much a month will it cost? When can people sign up or start using the Gym? loosehead
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12:25pm Mon 11 Feb 13

jimbos says...

£8.99 a month for 3 months - according to their website. Seems the £4.99 one has already sold out.
£8.99 a month for 3 months - according to their website. Seems the £4.99 one has already sold out. jimbos
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1:40pm Mon 11 Feb 13

elvisimo says...

loosehead wrote:
So exactly how much a month will it cost?
When can people sign up or start using the Gym?
On their website
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So exactly how much a month will it cost? When can people sign up or start using the Gym?[/p][/quote]On their website elvisimo
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5:13pm Mon 11 Feb 13

loosehead says...

elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
So exactly how much a month will it cost?
When can people sign up or start using the Gym?
On their website
Thank You both been on their website & it's the same a month as the Gym in below Bar so if my wifes happy I'm going back to the Gym.
it say's March the 11th I guess that's the opening day?
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: So exactly how much a month will it cost? When can people sign up or start using the Gym?[/p][/quote]On their website[/p][/quote]Thank You both been on their website & it's the same a month as the Gym in below Bar so if my wifes happy I'm going back to the Gym. it say's March the 11th I guess that's the opening day? loosehead
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5:14pm Mon 11 Feb 13

loosehead says...

jimbos wrote:
£8.99 a month for 3 months - according to their website. Seems the £4.99 one has already sold out.
jimbos I looked at it & if your considering it you'd best sign up as that price is for a limited amount
[quote][p][bold]jimbos[/bold] wrote: £8.99 a month for 3 months - according to their website. Seems the £4.99 one has already sold out.[/p][/quote]jimbos I looked at it & if your considering it you'd best sign up as that price is for a limited amount loosehead
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6:23pm Mon 11 Feb 13

louisa12 says...

That's only for 3 months then its £16.99 per month after . It's in the small print
That's only for 3 months then its £16.99 per month after . It's in the small print louisa12
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9:20pm Mon 11 Feb 13

loosehead says...

louisa12 wrote:
That's only for 3 months then its £16.99 per month after . It's in the small print
louisa12 just looked at their site & it says £15.99 I didn't see the £16.99?
This is comparable with the one in town but Shirley has free parking town the GYM doesn't does it?
I've looked at the one's that are open on their site & they cram a lot in so I think I'll forget about the three months low price & go see what it's like.
at that price if my wife says it's okay I'll join anyway but I've joined a gym in the past with out seeing the lay out & equipment (two gyms) & I regretted it
[quote][p][bold]louisa12[/bold] wrote: That's only for 3 months then its £16.99 per month after . It's in the small print[/p][/quote]louisa12 just looked at their site & it says £15.99 I didn't see the £16.99? This is comparable with the one in town but Shirley has free parking town the GYM doesn't does it? I've looked at the one's that are open on their site & they cram a lot in so I think I'll forget about the three months low price & go see what it's like. at that price if my wife says it's okay I'll join anyway but I've joined a gym in the past with out seeing the lay out & equipment (two gyms) & I regretted it loosehead
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8:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

SotonLad says...

Jobs created however no mention of the people who lost their jobs when the previous gym closed.
Jobs created however no mention of the people who lost their jobs when the previous gym closed. SotonLad
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9:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

loosehead says...

SotonLad wrote:
Jobs created however no mention of the people who lost their jobs when the previous gym closed.
So when they put the jobs out there who do you think will apply?
I know a lot of gym users left Fitness First because of the previous management so a new management & fresh ideas on how to run this gym could be exactly what will bring those members back & I'm one of those.
you had a gym that wasn't set out for the members use but the personal trainers requirements thisI hope will change
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Jobs created however no mention of the people who lost their jobs when the previous gym closed.[/p][/quote]So when they put the jobs out there who do you think will apply? I know a lot of gym users left Fitness First because of the previous management so a new management & fresh ideas on how to run this gym could be exactly what will bring those members back & I'm one of those. you had a gym that wasn't set out for the members use but the personal trainers requirements thisI hope will change loosehead
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11:07am Thu 14 Feb 13

loosehead says...

Went down to the gym ( ex fitness first) today didn't realise the post office had taken away car parking spaces.
with no gym yet the cat park was packed so It was a nightmare before what's it going to be like now?
talked to a builder it's going to be opened plan & they were taking down all the walls.
they have a hand over date of the 5th of March but he doubted that would happen.
but I guess you have the choice in parking in other car parks or in side streets or ride a bike( motor or pedal)
Went down to the gym ( ex fitness first) today didn't realise the post office had taken away car parking spaces. with no gym yet the cat park was packed so It was a nightmare before what's it going to be like now? talked to a builder it's going to be opened plan & they were taking down all the walls. they have a hand over date of the 5th of March but he doubted that would happen. but I guess you have the choice in parking in other car parks or in side streets or ride a bike( motor or pedal) loosehead
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