£100K fitness centre opening at Junction will create 12 jobs

Paul Keenan (left), proprietor of Volume Fitness, and Craig Stewart, senior asset manager of Lotus Property, announce the arrival of the new health and wellbeing facility at the Junction

A NEW health and wellbeing facility opens at the Junction retail and leisure park next month in a £100,000 investment by its owners.

Occupying three units across 5,558 sq ft of space, 12 full-time and part-time jobs will be created when Volume Fitness opens at the Antrim-based shopping destination.

The opening will take a phased approach, with the first phase being a dedicated group training space that can accommodate up to 16 people per session in a mini-gym scenario.

Members of the public can sign up to a 12-week programme that involves small groups of four being trained by a personal coach, with a core focus on both physical and emotional wellbeing.

A fully equipped open access gym will complete the next phase of the development, offering a range of membership options, with walk-in passes also available. Skilled fitness experts will provide a bespoke experience for members by providing additional services including functional screening and bio-mechanics analysis.

The third phase of the development, expected to open later this year, will feature a dedicated space to accommodate yoga and pilates classes as well as holistic services including Reiki, reflexology, massage and mindfulness workshops.

The new addition is part of the Junction’s ongoing £30 million redevelopment plan, which has attracted several new retailers over the last 12 months including family-owned toy store the Entertainer and global sports retailer Intersport.

Earlier this year it was also announced that three new eateries - Nando’s, TGI Fridays and a Starbucks drive-thru 0 will open towards the end of this year.

Construction is currently under way, and further innovations to the site will include a new tree lined entrance road, a feature public square and an extensive new landscaping plan.

Volume Fitness proprietor Paul Keenan, himself an Antrim man, said: “I was impressed by the Junction’s redevelopment plans, which will significantly expand the retail and leisure offering in the surrounding area.

“Since setting up Volume Fitness in 2017 we've experienced phenomenal success and have built a loyal client following. Our approach is to encourage people to feel better about themselves both physically and mentally through various mind-body connection protocols.”

Craig Stewart, senior asset manager of Junction owners Lotus Property, added: “This is shaping up to be an instrumental year for the redevelopment of the Junction, and the arrival of Volume Fitness will further complement the scheme’s growing portfolio of retail and leisure brands.”

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