ÉNERGIE MOVES TO BECOME SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST OPERATOR

The énergie Group Scotland is to become Scotland’s biggest fitness club operator following Managing Director, David Weir’s announcement this week confirming at least eight more openings for 2013.

The Group now boasts 14 clubs and gyms from the Fit4less, Fitness for Women (EFFW) and Fitness Clubs (EFC) brands including the recent opening of EFFW, Galashiels and Fit4less East Kilbride. Investor interest and a catalogue of confirmed franchise sales will see 2013 strengthen the Scottish presence of énergie to its highest ever level.

David Weir said: “Where other gym models are failing, the franchised énergie model is exceling and attracting interest from investors nationally and internationally. The recent opening of Fit4less East Kilbride has been one of the Group’s success stories for Scotland and England. The gym has started with 1,400 members and is in profit from day one and growing.”

The énergie Group Scotland signed a new lease on the premises, formerly a Fitness First, in December and quickly transformed the aging club into a Fit4less site that opened on 12 January. David adds: “We were made aware of the East Kilbride location and its 45 day vacation notice. We were able to come to an agreement quickly with the landlord and turned the place around which saved 13 jobs and gave the area a smart affordable gym.”

Fit4less in East Kilbride has become the first low-cost gym in the area. The 18,000sqft space includes the latest Precor and TKO equipment, extensive Cardio, Free weights, Resistance and Freestyle area, over 55 group exercise classes per week.

As well as the growth of the Fit4less brand, énergie’s Fitness for Women continues to add sites to the portfolio. Galashiels consists of 3000sqft space and includes the unique hydraulic weight loss circuit and a fitness studio for daily classes. The opening consists of two phases, the second being the opening of the club’s mezzanine floor to offer additional services and facilities.

The next openings under the énergie Group Scotland management will be Glasgow South and the Scottish Borders, which are both due to open in May.