DJ Property will be investing over £1 million in a new fitness centre at Avon Close, Granby Industrial Estate. Zone Fitness will occupy in excess of 19,000 square feet at the property previously occupied by BAE systems and is expected to generate 13 new jobs.
Zone Fitness is a joint business venture between Mickey Jones of DJ Property and Andrew Dick of Blue Fitness who has extensive experience in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Andrew was born and educated in Weymouth and the partnership was formed due to Mickey’s knowledge of the property industry and Andrew’s global experience in the fitness industry. Andrew has travelled worldwide, opening dozens of new clubs, visiting international trade shows and distributing gym equipment to leading gym chains around the world.
Andrew of Blue Fitness said “I am delighted to partner with Mickey. His vast experience in the property industry & my 30 years plus in the fitness industry make us a formidable team which will create the biggest & the best gym in South Dorset.
We are using the best quality gym equipment available & the latest technology in fitness apps. I have designed the Zone gym with specifically “zoned” areas in mind, so that if you wanted to work on a specific area of your body, then all the relevant equipment would all be located within that specific area.”
Mickey Jones, Chief Executive of DJ Property said “Zone Fitness is just what South Dorset has been waiting for. Other large towns and major employment areas, like the Granby, have access to high quality fitness facilities, but there are currently none in South Dorset. This will be a large facility that can cope with up to 4,000 members, exactly what is required to satisfy the huge local demand. This is another piece of vital local infrastructure, like Aldi at Link Park, which raises the attractiveness of the Granby as a place to work and Chickerell as a place to live. Everybody needs to exercise to help maintain good health and with Zone Fitness close to so many places of work and homes, it could not be easier. A massive investment has been made in the very best exercise equipment and training facilities, creating something we can be very proud of. We are all very excited for the opening in early 2018. I am pleased that DJ Property is making a major investment in this project, something that will bring so much to so many.”
The fitting out process is now underway at Zone Fitness with all windows and doors being replaced and previous fixtures and fittings have been removed. A new air conditioning and air handling system has been installed to keep the gym environment consistent and suitable at all times. Mildren Construction is heading up the project and all of the internal fitness equipment is on order. Many local businesses have been contracted to supply services and equipment for the new fitness facility.
Zone Fitness is in an ideal location due to its close proximity to local businesses and the immediate community. Many of the users will be able to walk, cycle or drive to Zone Fitness in Avon Close as they go about their busy lives, with little or no increase in their travelling time. This accessibility, coupled with the scale and high quality of the facility, will offer a health and well-being experience that it is currently not available in South Dorset. The fitness centre has been designed to attract people from a complete cross section of the community, offering something for everybody at an affordable price. Zone Fitness will also benefit from over 150 car parking spaces and is located by the Jurassic Cycleway which joins Weymouth to Chickerell and located near to frequently serviced bus routes.
Les Mills (www.lesmills.com) is a global fitness training brand and will be used at Zone Fitness. The mission statement for Les Mills states “Relationships beyond memberships” which is exactly the aim and ambition for Zone Fitness. Kirsty Van Deurs Goss, Customer Experience Manager at Zone Fitness said “It is very important that individual relationships are built between our instructors and our fitness customers. Each studio training schedule will take inspiration from the Les Mills training schedules but will be tailored for individual’s needs. We have the highest quality fitness equipment in the area, and this coupled with experienced fitness instructors Zone Fitness promises to be the place to be for first class personal fitness”.
The website and social media pages for Zone Fitness are now up and running and are now featuring regular posts with updates on the construction and development of the facility. This will allow potential members to share the process of creating South Dorset’s biggest and best fitness facility.
DJ Property leases industrial, retail, office, leisure, and storage properties in South Dorset. They wholly own and manage all of their properties. DJ Property is a trusted provider of commercial properties who deliver long-term, flexible business properties to meet their customers’ demands. More information about the firm can be found at www.djproperty.com Follow Mickey on Twitter at @MickeyJonesDJP