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Health Club Poised to Open Downtown

Thursday, June 15, 2017

DAVE BATTAGELLO, WINDSOR STAR

Published on: June 15, 2017 | Last Updated: June 15, 2017 9:58 AM EDT

True Fitness — a health club that recently pitched locating inside ground-floor retail space within the Pelissier Street parking garage — is on the verge of announcing it will open in a different downtown location.

“There is some very good news coming for downtown,” said Larry Horwitz, chairman of the Downtown Business Improvement Association on Wednesday. “It will be a major tenant coming who will take a huge chunk of space and fill a huge service need.”

An official announcement will be made Thursday afternoon with an indication True Fitness will open at 443 Ouellette Ave. The health club will also include massage therapy and a wellness centre.

“It is a health services business,” Horwitz said. “Some say there is nothing to do downtown. This will give everybody something to do — and make you healthier and happier. It will provide a huge attraction for residents and visitors in the core.”

The owner of the health club, located in the 4800 block of Tecumseh Road East, proposed opening a second location last fall during a controversial city council debate in a bid to save the parking garage’s first-floor retail space.

Council instead voted to spend $500,000 to create roughly 50 more parking spots inside the garage and remove the retail space that faces Pelissier Street.

The health club’s owner Luis Mendez at the time said he believed downtown would provide a “very viable option” for his business.

The downtown BIA will contribute incentives to help the health club open with a commercial rent subsidy of $625 per month for a period of 12 months.

“This is important to make downtown progressive and pedestrian friendly,” Horwitz said.

“True Fitness offers personal training services, atmosphere and amenities not available elsewhere in the city centre and we are thrilled to welcome them downtown.”

With classes for the University of Windsor’s creative arts and music students scheduled to begin this fall in the former armouries complex on University Avenue East, Horwitz said interest is picking up with business operators seeking to open up downtown.

“We expect to make more announcements in the near future,” he said.

dbattagello@postmedia.com