Planet Fit­ness fill­ing long-empty spot

Fa­cil­ity will be busi­ness’s third in Lake County

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News - By Betsy Scott bscott@news-her­ald.com @Re­porterBetsy on Twit­ter

A ma­jor gap in Painesville Town­ship’s largest re­tail cen­ter soon will be filled.

Planet Fit­ness plans to open next month in Painesville Com­mons shop­ping cen­ter. It will take the space va­cated by Marc’s in 2010. Marc’s re­opened in the for­mer Fi­nast spot to the west on Men­tor Av­enue.

The new busi­ness will oc­cupy 22,964 square feet at 1521 Men­tor Ave.

“Planet Fit­ness is in­vest­ing $800,000 to re­model the space and cus­tom­ize it to their needs,” Painesville Town­ship Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Ma­nary said. “We are ex­cited be­cause this is a na­tional busi­ness and they are mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in Painesville Town­ship.”

This will add a Planet Fit­ness lo­ca­tion on Lake County’s eastern side. The busi­ness has a site in Wil­low­ick and opened at Great Lakes Mall in Men­tor in 2015.

The Painesville Town­ship lo­ca­tion owner is Thomas E. Pur­ther of Cam­bridge In­vestors, based in Troy, Michi­gan. Pur­ther said more de­tails about the project will be avail­able soon.

The old Marc’s space ac­counts for nearly half the Painesville Com­mons shop­ping cen­ter, which is at 45 per­cent oc­cu­pancy.

NEWS-HER­ALD FILE

Nu­mer­ous va­cant store­fronts in the Painesville Com­mons shop­ping cen­ter awaited new ten­ants in this Jan­uary 2017 photo.

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