24 Hour Fitness is opening its first clubs in Illinois this spring.
Currently, 24 Hour Fitness operates over 440 clubs, serving nearly 4 million members. It plans on opening four Chicago clubs at a brisk rate of one every few weeks in Spring 2020, with more clubs to follow in 2021.
“I’m thrilled to be entering this dynamic, fitness-focused market – at, what we believe, is the perfect time,” said Zach Gutenson, the district manager of 24 Hour Fitness, in a statement. “We are positioned to alter the local fitness landscape by offering a personalized approach that concentrates on helping members reach their fitness goals in a welcoming community, celebrating every step along the way.”
The first club in Carol Stream will open in the first quarter of 2020, while the second club in Schaumburg will likely open in the second quarter. The two additional 24 Hour Fitness clubs, which are planned to open later in the year, will be located in Oak Lawn and Algonquin, as 24 Hour Fitness expands its reach throughout the Chicago area.
A grand opening celebration is scheduled for the 24 Hour Fitness-Carol Stream on Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The 24 Hour Fitness-Schaumburg club will follow with its opening scheduled for this spring. 24 Hour Fitness plans to hire 150-plus employees in anticipation of new Chicago club staffing needs.
24 Hour Fitness and its network of nationwide clubs, including the new Carol Stream and Schaumburg clubs, will not only offer members more choices, but will help them find what works best for them. Each member’s fitness journey starts with a free fitness assessment with a personal trainer and co-creation of a fitness plan — a “road map” to keep members on track during the first critical days of their fitness journey.
“Over the next several years we will be rolling out a robust growth plan that will encompass the greater Chicago area to position us as a dominant player in the Chicago fitness market,” said Karl Sanft, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of 24 Hour Fitness, in a statement. “Our goal is to open several clubs each year, which will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area and help thousands of residents stay fit.”
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