Plans for new 24-hour Snap Fitness gym on site of former Original Factory Shop in Staple Hill – Bristol Live

An application for the premises to become a 24-hour Snap Fitness gym was submitted earlier this month
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The Original Factory Shop’s former site could be set to be turned into a 24-hour gym, if permission is granted. The discount store on Broad Street was much-used by Staple Hill locals until it was forced to close up shop earlier this year.
Now plans for the premises to become a gym, Snap Fitness, have been revealed. The proposed plans for the gym show a well-equipped gym floor, with two studios for classes, a personal training area, and a separate weights room.
The change of use application states: “Snap Fitness would staff the building between 6.30am-9pm, with the gym being accessible to members only through a secure member swipe card system between 9pm-6.30am. This provides flexibility for members to pursue their fitness regime at convenient times.”
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It continues: “The proposal seeks to provide 24-hour facilities. Snap Fitness will be staffed by 2 Full-Time employees (General Manager/Assistant Manager) and 3-4 Personal Trainers.”
The site will accommodate a medium sized gym, with 71 pieces of gym equipment including room for around six treadmills and four cross trainers on the gym floor. There is also plenty of space allotted for machine weights and free weights, according to the proposed plans.
Owners of the site, Greenstone Noble Ltd, submitted the application to change the retail premises into a 24-hour gym on August 10. No changes to the building’s exterior are currently proposed, only interior modifications to accommodate the gym, shower facilities, and changing rooms, the application states.
The site formerly held The Original Factory Shop which was a discount store well-used by the community for its bargain deals on Christmas decorations, clothing, home goods, and garden items. The shop closed its doors on July 15 2022 after the landlord decided to “redevelop” the site.
The Original Factory Shop spokesperson said at the time of its South Gloucestershire branch’s closure: “As the landlord is looking to redevelop this site, it means that unfortunately we have had to exit the lease at our Staple Hill store. We are seeking to redeploy colleagues that have been affected wherever possible. Our next nearest branch is in Nailsea .”
Snap Fitness has been contacted for comment on the proposed site. The franchise has at least 80 gyms in the UK currently, with three sites already located in Bristol – in Filton, Ashton Gate, and Clifton.
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