By Nik Streng
With branches already located in Fruitland and Payette, the newest Body Shop Fitness Center is getting ready to open in Ontario in the coming weeks.
The gym will be opening at the corner of Southwest Fourth Avenue and Alameda Drive in the old location of Fit City 24, which closed in May of 2018.
Fruitland resident Jim Smith is the owner of Body Shop Fitness Centers and first announced that he wanted to open a new shop in the newly vacated spot less than a month after Fit City 24 closed.
Jim’s son, Santi Smith, is the operations manager for all branches of Body Shop Fitness Center. Santi said the Ontario gym doesn’t have a firm opening date the hope is that it will be open in the first two weeks of October.
Since the closing of Fit City 24 in Ontario, Body Shop Fitness Centers also opened a Payette branch. Smith said he is very excited to be done with the building process and get the new spot opened.
“It will be a breath of fresh air to get this open,” Santi said. “It will be a lot of weight off our shoulders to finally be through this. I just hope that we can bring a little bit more to this community.”
Santi, who sometimes works at the desk in Body Shop’s Fruitland branch, said he hears a lot from customers that people are excited about the new Ontario location as it will be convenient for their patrons who live or work in Ontario.
“People can’t wait because it’s convenient,” Santi said.
One of the new amenities that he is excited about at the Ontario gym is the turf room that sits on the south end of the building.
Santi said the turfed area will “double as a studio area, with separate heating and air conditioning from the rest of the building.”
He said the turf room will be something that’s very multipurpose, and would benefit individuals looking for circuit training and other functional workouts.
“The turf is just easier for things like burpees and other floor work,” Santi said. “It’s padded.”
While Jim originally said he wanted to bring in a climbing wall to the Ontario location, there will not be one at the gym’s opening. Santi said they have been in contact with a San Diego-based company looking at climbing wall options, but that’s something that would come at a later date.
Jim had initially told the Argus that he would be applying for financing through a City of Ontario Revolving Loan Fund. However, Ontario Community Development Director Dan Cummings said Smith pulled his application for the loan.
According to Cummings, all of the improvements to the building have been done through the building owner and through Jim.