Ware­house gym keeps doors open

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

WARE­HOUSE Fitness Centre, a South Fre­man­tle in­sti­tu­tion for years, has nar­rowly avoided clos­ing its doors for good.

For more than 20 years the gym has been a main­stay in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from ex­er­cise and weight equip­ment to classes and tai­lored pro­grams, but owner Sa­man­tha Vinci said the gym’s fu­ture had been on shaky ground since 2014 when it was put it up as a de­vel­op­ment site.

“That’s when we de­cided to pur­chase the build­ing to save the gym and guar­an­tee its fu­ture,” she said.

The build­ing is an old wool store from the 1950s. Mrs Vinci said it had not seen an up­grade in 15 years and a de­ci­sion needed to be made about what to do with it.

“We had to make the de­ci­sion to re­fur­bish now and se­cure some good ten­ants or keep trad­ing and patch­ing things as needed,” she said.

“We de­cided to move the gym to the up­per ten­ancy, com­plete with a new fit out, and it wasn’t long be­fore lo­cal Fre­man­tle ar­chi­tect Drew O’Dwyer of OX Stu­dios had come up with a mod­ern, in­dus­trial look, ex­pos­ing the iconic saw-tooth roof.

“We couldn’t be hap­pier; it was worth all the work. All we wanted to do was bring ev­ery­thing the Ware­house is and has been for 27 years and put it in a brand new en­vi­ron­ment so it could con­tinue for another 27 years.

“The soul, spirit and peo­ple who make the Ware­house what it is will live on.”

On top of the sit­u­a­tion: Ware­house Gym own­ers Aaron and Sam Vinci.

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