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Hampton Hill Athletic Club, 5910 Garners Ferry Road: Winter 2016   3 comments

Posted at 12:13 am in closing

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I noticed the otehr night that Hampton Hill Atletic Club next to Jimmy Johns in Shoppes At Woodhill had closed and been replaced by Stronghold Gym.

A little googling establishes that Hampton Hill went Chapter-11 (debtor in possession) at the end of June 2015. I guess in the end they were not able to reorganize and make a go of it.

Looking at things after writing the above, I think I may be wrong about this being part of Shoppes At Woodhill. It appears that Shoppes At Woodhill is the stores along Garners Ferry and Pellham Drive. The back side with Target, World Market etc appears to have separate signage.

Written by ted on November 22nd, 2016

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YMCA, 1420 Sumter Street: 9 July 2016 (moving)   2 comments

Posted at 11:06 pm in closing

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I believe I may at one time have had swimming lessons at the downtown 'Y', though it is very hazy now. I remember for sure that I had Karate lessons there, something which my mother was in favor of to try and get me out of my books every now and then, and something which I personally hated (the same thing was true of Little League). In the event, I would sneak over to the neighboring RCPL when I was supposed to be in class.

I had not often thought of the 'Y' since then until my sister recently mentioned that it was moving from this historic building to a new one at 1447 Hampton Street.

According to the 'Y' website, that move is this weekend, and the new 'Y' should be open on Monday 11 July 2016.

Written by ted on July 6th, 2016

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Gold's Gym, 226 Forum Drive: 1 December 2015 (flag change)   no comments

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Written by ted on January 9th, 2016

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Anytime Fitness, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing: mid 2014   no comments

Posted at 2:41 am in closing

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This Sparkleberry Crossing gym is listed in the 2014 phonebook, but not the 2015 one, so it must have closed before listings closed. I'm guessing mid-year. One online review notes that it was nice because there were no crowds. That can be a double-edged sword unfortunately.

Written by ted on March 19th, 2015

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The Little Gym, 2005 Beltline Boulevard: 21 October 2014 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in Uncategorized

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Kids' exercise and gymnastics center The Little Gym has moved out of the suite on Beltline adjacent to the old Sulley's and over to the Sounds Familiar location on Rosewood. As of today, they are open:

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New LIfe Fitness World, 110 New Life Fitness Drive, 31 December 2013   no comments

Posted at 12:38 am in Uncategorized

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I believe this is the final New Life Fitness World closing, after this, this, and this.

As the Two Notch and Irmo locations favored each other, so this location, off of Hardscrabble near Clemson, favors the Lexington site, right down to the tattered flag atop semi-circular entryway. LoopNet has a nice aerial view of the property, which as of yet is still fully equipped as a gym.

Attractive as the building is, you have to wonder how the next tenant will feel about being on New Life Fitness Drive..

Written by ted on April 10th, 2014

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New Life Fitness World, 265 Charter Oak Court: 31 December 2013   3 comments

Posted at 10:53 pm in Uncategorized

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Well, the post on the Irmo location seems to have gotten a bit of traction today, so why not make a clean breast of it and post the final one?

The Lexington New Life Fitness World is off of Charter Oak Road, which connects US-1 and US-378 which are more or less parallel at that point. The gym is on a little court that seems to have some sort of failed building showcase on it, which I may post another day, though it is well behind the set of empty foundations.

This building is done in a completely different style than the other two, and seems to have had at least one other business co-located inside. There is something rather sad about the forlorn swim-noodles.

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Written by ted on January 27th, 2014

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New Life Fitness World, 7000 Saint Andrews Rd: 31 December 2013   8 comments

Posted at 11:52 pm in Uncategorized

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Comparing the Irmo New Life Fitness World with the Two Notch one, you can see that the chain had a well defined aesthetic.

It's also quite a large building, and presumably mostly hollow in the middle. It's hard to think what could go in there without extensive remodeling. (Recall that Columbia Athletic Club had to be completely gutted to become Trader Joe's).

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Written by ted on January 24th, 2014

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New Life Fitness World, 8911 Two Notch Road: 31 December 2013   1 comment

Posted at 1:08 am in Uncategorized

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I first wrote about this lot in the closing for North 1 Drive-In, a location that had a certain notoriety amongst teenage boys. Interestingly, the address given during the theater days is 8757, which is two blocks off of the current number. But then this was pretty much the boonies back then.

Not being a big exercise fan, what I constantly noticed about the New Life incarnation was the electronic banner on the top of their roadside sign. This normally ran a digital temperature reading, and it was never right -- Generally it wasn't even close.

Like Columbia Athletic Club before them, New Life has apparently lost the local battle against the (very fit) 500 pound gorilla that is Gold's Gym. Curiously, apparently the only New Life location remaining is in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

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Written by ted on January 16th, 2014

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Curves, 6030 Saint Andrews Road Suite G/H: 2011 (moved)   24 comments

Posted at 11:03 pm in Uncategorized

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Women's gym Curves moved out of this little strip just past Piney Grove Road sometime in 2011, to set up shop down the street at Seven Oaks Shopping Center (6169 Saint Andrews Road). As of last week, I believe this storefront was still empty.

Update 26 January 2014 -- The new location:

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Written by ted on October 10th, 2013

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