Nearly a year ago, City Fitness announced that it would be opening a new location in Philly’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood at 21st and South Streets. It began selling pre-opening memberships at reduced rates and blogged with excitement about the new gym’s features. But today, the gym remains unopened. In response to multiple inquiries made on the gym’s Facebook page, president and owner Ken Davis posted a long explanation of the delays.
“There have been numerous and very expensive challenges/changes” during the process of renovating the old building into a modern space, he wrote in a comment. “These delays did not only push back our expected opening date several times, but it has cost the owner of the building and City Fitness more money then we could have imagined.”
Fortunately, he goes on to assure anxious members that the new location will be up and running before New Year’s, and a definite opening date should be fixed today after a meeting with city officials. “We are waiting in idle with all of our equipment, lockers, mirrors, office equipment, staff, etc. ready to get in there and put our finishing touches on the space that makes it City Fitness!” he wrote.
The new space will feature standard strength and cardio equipment, free weights, 15-inch flat screen TVs, tanning and towel service, saunas, a yoga studio, and room for group exercise classes including Spinning and Zumba. Take a look at their website for a layout of the new fitness center, and check the Facebook page for updates on the grand opening date.