World Gym International announced its continued expansion in Canada, opening three more fitness centers in Orillia, Hamilton and Cambridge, Ontario. With these additional gyms, World Gym will have 30 locations in Canada, making it one of the largest full-service gyms brands in that country.
“Canada has embraced our commitment to serious fitness,” said Joyce J. Cammilleri, the chair of World Gym International. “We are proud to be one of the largest full-service gym brands in Canada and look forward to even more growth across all the provinces and territories.”
Converting from an existing gym, the new World Gym in Hamilton is the second Hamilton location for World Gym, and is co-owned by Murray Middlemost and Wes Hodgson. Once the conversion is complete, the 25,000-square-foot gym will have a physiotherapy clinic, along with chiropractic care.
“This is the second gym I have converted to a World Gym,” said Middlemost. “My first World Gym has been so popular I was able to open a second location that will ultimately employ up to 40 people and serve a whole new membership base.”
The Orillia facility is being converted from an existing gym and will remain open during the renovations. As with Hamilton, all of the old equipment will be donated to local community groups and will be replaced with new, state-of-the-art equipment.
The Cambridge club is under construction at 89 Main St. Cambridge, Ontario, in the historic downtown area. This is the second World Gym in Cambridge, Ontario, and is the only gym option available downtown.
World Gym brand was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold in Santa Monica, California. It currently has over 200 franchised locations in 19 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Cayman Islands, Germany, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the U.S.