Popular Delmar gymnasium Planet Fitness plans to vacate its Hudson Avenue location and move up to roomier accommodations in Glenmont early next year.
A spot at the Town Squire Plaza next to Tractor Supply Co. would more than double the gym's current 10,000-square-foot space and provide a more spacious parking lot, the two factors that have limited the gymnasium since it opened on Hudson in 2005, said owner Dave Leon.
Its really jam-packed, we have no parking, said Leon. "It's going to be a much better scenario for us."
Additionally, the business is forced to keep its exterior lights off late at night due to its proximity to residences, which Leon said can create unsafe conditions in the parking lot for late-night patrons.
The application appeared before the Bethlehem Planning Board Tuesday, Nov. 16, for a review of its signage plan, which would be in the franchise's traditional gold and purple design. The board approved that part of the plan after some quick discussion.
Planning Board counsel Keith Silliman commented that the plaza's big parking lot should be a boon to the business.
"Of all the places we could build a Planet Fitness in this town, this is probably the best in terms of parking," he said.
The new location will run 24-hours during the week and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, just like the current operating hours. Leon said he expects to make the move in February.
With the addition of the gym, the Town Squire Plaza would be fully occupied, save for one standalone store that used to hold a Hollywood Video.