Planet Fitness looks to open in Greenfield by end of summer

  • A Planet Fitness franchise is expected to open in the Big Y Plaza by the end of summer, next to the Staples store. Recorder File Photo

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

GREENFIELD — Fitness enthusiasts or those who just want to try and work off those pesky post-holiday pounds could have a new place to join by the end of the summer.

A Planet Fitness franchise is expected to open in the Big Y plaza on Mohawk Trail between August and September this year, said Planet Fitness franchise owner Tom Sullivan from LLMT, LLC, following delays that pushed the anticipated opening back from the beginning of this year.

The location, next to Staples in the plaza, occupies a retail space that was previously left vacant following a downsize of the office supply retailer’s Greenfield store.

The site plans for the franchise were approved by the city’s Planning Board recently with conditions including bicycle parking and handicap access to the location.

Sullivan said that the site has seen delays since its anticipated opening in January, including current lease issues that are being “worked out.” Once that occurs, which Sullivan expects to happen in the next four to six weeks, then the site will be developed into the familiar purple-clad franchise.

Among the delays at the site, according to Sullivan, included potential parking issues that were resolved, as well as a gas moratorium that occurred with Berkshire Gas Company, which prevented the ability for the site to be inspected to determine if it had proper BTUs (British thermal units) for the business.

According to Sullivan, once the site is open and active, he is expecting between 5,000 to 6,800 members to eventually sign up.

The facility will feature 24-hour operation beginning at midnight on Mondays through Thursdays, then Fridays hours from midnight until 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays will have operations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sullivan’s company, LLMT, LLC, owns another Planet Fitness in Gardner. According to Sullivan, the demographics of the Greenfield area are similar to Gardner and he expects the location to have similar success, he said during the Planning Board meeting.