Budget supermarket in Northampton set to become 24 hour gym

A Northampton-based budget supermarket which is due to relocate is set to become a gym if plans are given the green light by the Guildhall.

Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 12:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 1:39 pm
Plans been submitted to turn Lidl (pictured in Gambrel Road) into a new gym.

Plans have been submitted to Northampton Borough Council, by The Gym Ltd, to renovate Lidl in Gambrel Road, Sixfields, into a fitness centre with 75 parking spaces.

Papers say: 'The business model of The Gym is as a budget operator without destination facilities such as swimming pools, sauna, café, crèche, which means that the facility needs to provide capacity for a sufficient number of members requiring the large floor size'.

'The operation includes a range of cardio-vascular (rowing, running, cycling) and resistance (weights) equipment.

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'It will provide a new facility for residents and employees that will complement nearby services and facilities. Music will be limited to provide low-level background music only'.

The gym, which provides 'a low cost and flexible gym membership option' in over 130 locations, will still be accessed from Gambrel Road.

Discount store Lidl - formerly situated in Sixfields Retail Park in Gambrel Road - is on the move later this summer to a larger site in Weedon Road.