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Glimpse inside new Snap Fitness gym in Herne Bay as launch delayed

New images offer a sneak peek inside a hotly anticipated 24-hour gym in the outskirts of Herne Bay - as owners reveal its opening date has been pushed back.

Snap Fitness was due to welcome fitness fanatics this month. But the facility is now expected to open early in the new year.

The highly-anticipated Snap Fitness gym in Herne Bay is due to open early next year. Picture: Snap Fitness
The highly-anticipated Snap Fitness gym in Herne Bay is due to open early next year. Picture: Snap Fitness
It will be located next to the Sainsbury’s at the Altira Business Park in Broomfield. Picture: Snap Fitness
It will be located next to the Sainsbury’s at the Altira Business Park in Broomfield. Picture: Snap Fitness

Construction is underway at the site, beside Sainsbury’s in Broomfield’s Altira Business Park.

General manager Brigid Mansfield says the building work can be turned around in about six weeks and she hopes the gym will be ready to open its doors sometime in January.

But because builders will be working seasonal hours over Christmas, the date for its completion is “unclear”.

Proposals to open the business in the 1,000 sq m building were given the go-ahead in March.

The site will be leased out by Sainsbury’s to the US firm Snap Fitness, which has about 70 similar centres in the UK.

The 24-hour gym will have a "boutique functional training area" - kitted out with a sled track, battle ropes, core bags and plyo boxes. Picture: Snap Fitness
The 24-hour gym will have a "boutique functional training area" - kitted out with a sled track, battle ropes, core bags and plyo boxes. Picture: Snap Fitness
The gym was set to open this month but will open early next year instead. Picture: Snap Fitness
The gym was set to open this month but will open early next year instead. Picture: Snap Fitness

Ms Mansfield, 33, said: “With the Herne Bay people, there has been a lot of misunderstanding with the business itself. They think it is an American corporate, but it is a franchise run by a family.

“They have branches in the Isle of Wight and Dartford and they have really hit it off.

“They saw in Herne Bay a place was up for rent near Sainsbury’s, which is a really up-and-coming area.

“I am currently getting feedback from everyone, like what classes they would like to see. I have taken on three personal trainers already.”

She says she has already received almost 2,000 inquiries about the gym, from potential customers.

Proposals to open Snap Fitness in the 1,000 sq m building were submitted in February before being given the go-ahead two months later. Picture: Snap Fitness
Proposals to open Snap Fitness in the 1,000 sq m building were submitted in February before being given the go-ahead two months later. Picture: Snap Fitness
General manager Brigid Mansfield said there has been "a lot of misunderstanding with the business". Picture: Snap Fitness
General manager Brigid Mansfield said there has been "a lot of misunderstanding with the business". Picture: Snap Fitness

New computer-generated images of the premises show a swish and spacious interior, featuring a red-and-grey colour scheme with televisions and motivational messages on the walls.

The 24-hour facility will contain a training area and a room for free-weights exercises, as well as “luxurious bathrooms”. It will also have a “boutique” training area - kitted out with a sled track, battle ropes, core bags and “plyo” boxes.

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