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Retro Fitness to Open in Lacey

Planning Board approved an application for Retro Fitness to open at the old Rite Aid location

A Retro Fitness was approved to open at the old location of Rite Aid at 138 South Main Street in Forked River.

The Lacey Planning Board approved the application on Tuesday, Oct. 11 after hearing concerns regarding parking.

A township ordinance requires 100 parking spots but the applicant requested a design waiver for 49 spots.

“We feel that that is more than adequate for the Retro Fitness based on other Retro Fitness Centers around the state of New Jersey,” Attorney Richard Butz said.

Typically Retro Fitness looks to provide four parking spaces per thousand square feet, said Matt Schultz, Vice President of Franchise Operations for Retro Fitness.

“The reason we look for so little parking is because we don’t do group aerobics and that is typically the issue in the gym industry where from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. we have everybody that wants to take a class, 20, 40, 60 people all coming at one time to take a class,” Schultz said.

With a 10,000 square foot building, Shultz does not anticipate seeing more than 40 check-ins at a given hour, he said. Gyms with classes might have over 90 check-ins at one time.

There are 46 Retro Fitness locations in the state, including Toms River, Manahawkin and Brick, Schultz said. The site in Wall is 15,000 square feet with 54 parking spots.

Vittorio Cicco is the owner of Mrs. Walker’s Famous Ice Cream Parlor and the strip mall across the street.

“I don’t mind at all that they’re opening it up…It’s beautiful. My problem is parking,” Cicco said.

Jazzercize used to be open in the area and the customers would take up all of Cicco’s parking, he said.

“So whatever they say, it’s not true,” he said.

Cicco asked the board to control the subscribers or require more parking.

“They’re investing a lot of money into this site,” Mayor Gary Quinn said. “They’re going to make sure it’s a success…Certainly they can’t take your spots. There’s no doubt about that. If that happens, you can call us

This fitness center will have minimal staff and offer personal training. It will feature strength and cardio equipment as well as a Retro Theater. Membership will be $19.99 per month for life.

This Retro Fitness is still under negotiations, owner Robert Madison, Jr. said. If an agreement is met with the current owners, the fitness center will be able to open in less than six months. Otherwise, the applicant is seeking to open in a building to be built behind the Applebee's on South Main Street.

jets fan October 14, 2011 at 02:24 AM
there is a gym in town. dont go to oxygen in bayville they,ll rip you off. dvds put a big hurtin on movie theatres . the marquis on 37 is really nice but struggling for business. who wants to sit in a theatre with cell phones lit up all around them when they can sit at home in their home theatre systems. me i like to go when the kids are in school . its like a private screening.
jets fan October 14, 2011 at 05:56 AM
thats interesting overtaxed. i didnt know that location had a history like that. is there anywhere to read up on it?
Denise Duardo December 02, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Are there any updates on when the Retro Fitness will be opening in Lacey?
Julie December 30, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I would love to know when they are opening as well, New Years is here :)
Lisa December 30, 2011 at 04:22 PM
No need to wait for a new place to open. Go to an existing gym such as Ultimate Fitness here in Lacey.
Denise Duardo December 30, 2011 at 04:51 PM
I agree with Julie. It will be great when Retro opens here in Lacey.
Pat L January 09, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I drive to the Toms River Retro from Forked River 5 or 6 times a week. Hopefully Lacey Retro will be open before the summer traffic starts


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