In-Shape Health Clubs, Inc. is making a bid to come to Lodi, replacing a long-time grocery store.
In-Shape submitted an application to the Planning Commission to remodel the building where Apple Market is currently located and turn the space into a gym, City Manager Rad Bartlam said. The commission will tentatively consider the application at a January meeting.
Apple Market opened in 1999 and is one of the few grocery stores in northern Lodi. It is still open, and while there is no specific timeline on when In-Shape plans to move into the location, gym representatives said they would like to be open by the end of 2013.
Stockton-based Centro-Mart, which owns Apple Market, did not return calls for comment.
In-Shape Health Clubs is headquartered in Stockton, and decided to expand to Lodi after residents requested a local location, company spokeswoman Michelle Clark said. The company was waiting for the right time and to find an available building, she said.
"We were born and raised as a company in Stockton, so Lodi has always been in our back yard. We have a lot of members in Lodi. This is an exciting move for us," she said.
The entire club will be 32,093 square feet.
According to plans submitted to the city, the club will have free weight and cardio rooms, racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool and a group cycling room.
The gym plans to expand a mezzanine that exists in Apple Market to about 3,950 square feet, and hold group exercise classes in that area, according to plans.
There will also be a steam room and sauna, a child-care center for children 6 months and older, and certified personal trainers, Clark said.
What makes In-Shape stand out from other gyms, Clark said, is they offer a "family-friendly, full-service club."
"Mom can take a group exercise, dad can go on equipment, and kids 6 months and up can go to the child-care center to play in space mazes and (with) toys," Clark said. "There are different places in the club for each person, and everyone can kind of come together."
Lodi associate planner Immanuel Bereket said the city is requiring the gym to do a parking study of Lakewood Mall to make sure there are enough spaces. But the proposed health club meets the zoning requirements at that location as well as General Plan guidelines, a document that dictates growth in the city for a 20-year period.
In-Shape has 63 locations total in Northern and Southern California.
Starting Monday, the new gym will be signing up charter members at a preview center they are opening across from Starbucks on Ham Lane.
The preview center will allow interested potential gym members to see the layout of the club, find out about specific amenities and learn about different membership options, such as belonging only to the one local club or joining all the clubs.
"While we are building the club, we sell memberships at a reduced rate to thank people for being the first to join," Clark said.
For more information about the planned Lodi health club, call In-Shape at 209-210-1114 or stop by the preview center at 210 Ham Lane.