A growing gym and fitness club with locations in Albuquerque and Farmington has announced ambitious plans to build out space in Rio Rancho for two new outlets.
Defined Fitness, which was founded in 1988 and currently has around 180,000 square feet of facility space, will repurpose a former K-Mart store in Rio Rancho’s Hilltop Plaza.
That store, at 1640 New Mexico State Road 528, has been empty for around five years since K-Mart left the site as part of an early round of location closures nationally.
Work reconverting the space is expected to begin by this Fall with an anticipated opening set for some time next year.
The second Defined Fitness space in Rio Rancho will see work beginning in the upscale Enchanted Hills neighborhood at 4400 Jager Drive. The company hopes to open that location in early 2020.
Both new outlets will measure around 40,000 square feet and will include indoor and outdoor training space, recovery rooms, and space for such activities as boxing, power lifting, and the martial arts.
Responding to a continually growing market, Defined Fitness is also currently building new space in Santa Fe and at Central and Unser Boulevard in Albuquerque.
According to the website IbisWorld, gym and fitness clubs nationally currently comprise a $36 billion industry, enjoying an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent.
By Garry Boulard
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