Planet Fitness joins Hobby Lobby in former Sears location in Jackson Crossing

JACKSON, MI – Planet Fitness is moving to the former Sears location in Jackson this year.

Currently, Planet Fitness is located at 2020 Bondsteel Drive, but the gym has outgrown the facility and needs expansion, said manager or marketing Mary Scott. Conveniently, Jackson Crossing had a space to rent in the old Sears location.

“We were looking to give our members more space, amenities and equipment,” Scott said. “The current location did not allow for such expansion, so we found a space that would better suit our needs.”

Sears closed its Jackson store in November 2018 and its automotive center in February 2020.

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The 15,000 square foot gym will double in size at Jackson Crossing. New amenities will be added, including a wide variety of new cardio equipment and a functional workout room, Scott said. PF Black Card members will have access to a new spa area, new tanning units, massage chairs, HydroMassage and more, she said.

A new wellness module inside the spa area will offer users a mental wellness break with an immersive relaxation experience, Scott said.

“Although the new location is only 1.6 miles from the current location, we think our members will love the upgrades they will experience,” she said. “It’s essentially a brand new gym, but with the same prices and non-judgmental atmosphere that we’re known for.”

Work is still underway inside the new facility, but Planet Fitness estimates it will open around mid-November. New club specials and events will be announced closer to the opening date, Scott said.

Planet Fitness is the second store to be added to the renovated Sears area of ​​Jackson Crossing, Hobby Lobby, which opened in May, being the first.

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The former 130,000 square foot Sears store is divided into four to six stores, ranging in size from approximately 6,700 square feet to 57,000 square feet.

Plans for what will happen in the remaining spaces are still underway, but one of the former Sears Auto Center locations has been slated for an Eyemart Express, an eyewear company, the COO said. of the Rhino Investments group, Michael Sanchez. The business is currently under construction, but an official opening date has yet to be determined, he said.

Rhino Investments, which oversees the project, is currently in negotiations with other national retail companies that may be added, Sanchez said. Those companies will be announced after the contracts are signed, he said.

Three additional drive-in-style buildings are also planned for parking near the old Sears building, Sanchez said. One is currently under construction and negotiations are underway with a possible tenant, he said.

“We are looking to rent to domestic tenants, many in the food industry, QSR (Quick Service Restaurant),” he said.

The project inside the old Sears building was previously estimated at $6.1 million, and work on the exterior site cost about $2 million, Sanchez said. However, rising construction costs will likely increase that, Sanchez said.

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