National Law Review
A health club used to be an unwelcome tenant in any retail shopping center. The traditional thinking was that health club patrons occupied the parking areas at peak shopping times and for extended periods, and then left without shopping at the other retail stores in the center. The number of people with a membership to a fitness center or health club continues to grow, with 60.87 million in 2017, up from 32.8 in 2000, approximately an 85% increase. As personal fitness has become the rage, the health club has become not only mainstream, but the anchor store and a requirement in both retail shopping centers and mixed-use and residential developments.
The move for more fitness centers has coincided with the transformation of the shopping center with traditional big box retail anchors into destination centers with restaurants, green open space, retail stores, and of course health clubs and health related uses focused on personal fitness and group related activities – all things one cannot do on the internet. . . . more