Planet Fitness gym coming to Eagle River

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 15:38
  • Heavy equipment moves dirt at the planned site of a new Planet Fitness gym in Eagle River on May 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Heavy equipment moves dirt at the future site of a Planet Fitness gym in downtown Eagle River on Monday, June 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Groundwork is being laid for a new gym in Eagle River.

“Sometime around September we began talking with the Planet Fitness folks,” said Andre Spinelli, whose family’s company, Spinell Homes, owns the land at the corner of S. Juanita Loop and the Old Glenn Highway.

Last summer, Spinell received the permits needed to re-route a small creek that runs through the property. That move allowed him to build on the property, which led to a deal with the nationwide fitness chain.

Spinelli said he’s going through the final permitting process with the municipality. After that, he’s hopeful construction on the building can begin in time for the gym to capitalize on New Year’s resolution sales.

“Hopefully we can get them in there by the holidays is the goal,” he said.

The Planet Fitness location will be the fourth in the Anchorage area, according to the company’s website. There are currently Planet Fitness gyms on Dimond Boulevard in South Anchorage, in the Northway Mall on the Eastside and on Northern Lights Boulevard in Midtown.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected] or call 257-4274

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