Work begins on Hesperia's second Planet Fitness –

Construction activity has finally begun on a new Planet Fitness in Hesperia, nearly 17 months after the state’s COVID-19 pandemic public health restrictions stymied the company’s efforts.
Crews worked on Tuesday inside the spacious building located across from Wendy’s in the Mojave Plaza on Bear Valley Road near Victor Valley College.
“Construction on the new location is going well but we do not have a definitive open date to share at this time,” Planet Fitness Director of Public Relations Becky Zirlen told the Daily Press Monday.
A pink porta-potty sat outside the future gym on Tuesday, while employees from Hitt Plumbing and also Phillips Heating and Air Conditioning worked inside the building, which included stacks of drywall and uninstalled duct work.
The new Planet Fitness will be the company’s third fitness center in the Victor Valley, joining clubs at the Gateway Shopping Center on Main Street in Hesperia and on Mariposa Road in Victorville.
Planet Fitness member Bill Lopez, 67, told the Daily Press Tuesday he’s excited for the new gym, located less than 4 miles from his home in Apple Valley.
“I usually work out at the Planet Fitness on Mariposa Road in Hesperia, but this new gym will save me a nearly 10-mile drive,” Lopez said. “Every time I drive by the Mojave Plaza, I pray that the Planet Fitness would open.”
The expected summer 2020 opening of the new Planet Fitness at the plaza was stalled due to state health restrictions on gyms amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, Zirlen told the Daily Press the company hoped to open the Hesperia location by mid-to-late 2021. Planet Fitness operates nearly 2,060 gyms across the U.S., Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico and Australia.
Planet Fitness markets its gyms as a “Judgment Free Zone” and caters to novice and casual gym users.
The Mojave Plaza, which broke ground in September 2019, welcomed the opening of Aldi and AutoZone the following summer.
In February of this year, the plaza saw the opening of Wendy’s and also Quick Quack car wash nearly two months later.
Nearly a year after the plaza opened, four smaller commercial spaces, located between Aldi and Planet Fitness, remain unoccupied by tenants.
City of Hesperia spokeswoman Jennifer Colby told the Daily Press Tuesday that the Building and Safety Department reported no other pending tenants for the vacant units at the plaza.
The Mojave Plaza is managed by Marina del Rey-based Epsteen & Associates.
Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.


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