December 14, 2016
Retail officials recently announced Jasper will soon see its first Planet Fitness location.
According to Walker County Chamber of Commerce President Linda Lewis, Planet Fitness would open the Jasper location in 2017. Lewis said the news is good for the Jasper community. After all, Planet Fitness is a popular retailer.
It will be located in the old Goody's building.
David O'Mary, mayor of Jasper, said the building isn't going to stand empty for long. He said Planet Fitness is a wonderful additional to the city's retail industry, with a great reputation and fit for the city.
Lewis said the city, its chamber and Retail Strategies have been working over a year to offer the area a fitness company. She said it was a team effort, and with their effort, they were able to make it happen.
Retail Strategies Portfolio Director Scott VonCannon said the market is Jasper is strong. He said Planet Fitness has noted the successes of many area retailers - Hobby Lobby and T.J. Maxx - and their success culminating with the city's traffic numbers make it the ideal place for retailers. VonCannon said he was happy to do their part in offering Jasper residents a Planet Fitness to join.
Planet Fitness was found in Dover, N.H. in 1992, quickly becoming the fastest-growing operator of U.S. fitness operators. There are over 8.6 million members among its 1,200 stores across 47 states, Canada, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Lewis said Planet Fitness should be opened in early 2017. She said millions of people around the world make New Year's resolutions including one to be fit. Lewis said for Jasper residents, Planet Fitness' opening gives them this chance to keep that resolution.