New gym coming to Kingsport

Matthew Lane • Aug 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Planet Fitness is coming to the Model City.

According to documents filed with the Kingsport Building Department, the New Hampshire-based fitness center operator plans to open a location at 108 Jack White Drive behind the O’Charley’s restaurant on North Eastman Road.

True Line Construction of Bristol, Tenn., filed a foundation and grading permit with the city in May. An official with the Building Department said a 20,000-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building would be erected for the new fitness center.

The estimated cost of the building and the foundation work is $1.3 million.

Founded in 1992, Planet Fitness operates and is a franchisor of 1,500 fitness centers across the United States, along with locations in Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico. The company markets itself as a “Judgement Free Zone” that caters to novice and casual gym users and bills itself as the nation’s fastest growing fitness center franchise.

Locally, the company has locations in Johnson City and Morristown.

For more information, visit www.planetfitness.com.