Wilmslow couple opening new gym in town centre

A Wilmslow couple have been granted planning permission to open a new gym in the town centre.

Samantha Barrett and her partner Stefan Quirk have been given the go ahead to change the use of the empty retail unit at 44-46 Grove Street, which has been unoccupied since the Bank clothing shop closed years ago, to open Bodyhub.

Stefan has spent the past 4 years as a Fitness Manager at two national gyms and brings with him 16 years experience as a personal trainer. Whilst Samantha comes from a background in project management, with over 8 years' experience managing projects for FTSE 500 companies, across a breadth of sectors.

Speaking about Bodyhub, Stefan said "It is a new concept within the area, utilising the concept of many bootcamps in central Manchester and other big cities in terms of having different stations (treadmill and TRX). We're using the latest technogym tehcnology.

"The skillmill is the piece of technology we will use which allows members to track their progress via an app. They will log into a class using wearable technology (wristband). The skill mill mimics various types of resistance training as well as the traditional run that a treadmill would normally do."

Commenting on their decision to open in Wilmslow, Samantha said "I've lived here for 5 years and Stefan has trained in and around the area for 16 years. We know a lot of people around Wilmslow and really like the community.

"We also know that this is the perfect market as people are fitness conscientious and are always looking for the latest technology or ways in which to improve their fitness to elite level."

Samantha Barrett and her partner Stefan Quirk hope to open their new gym on Grove Stret in March.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Claire Lyons
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 3:16 pm
I think it’s great news that this space is finally being put to good use. I just hope this is a reasonably priced gym/facility rather than yet another overpriced gym/personal training studio that we already seem to have so many of!
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 6:47 pm
Me too! It’s surely better than yet another charity shop
Rick Andrews
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 9:24 am
Great business idea but where’s the extra parking...?
Julie Green
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 11:33 am
Should have plenty of customers once they've frequented the coffee shops for cappuccino and cake :)
Simon Worthington
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 1:29 pm
The parking will be in exactly the same place the customers of the old shop used. Why this continual concern for town centre businesses to have parking is beyond me. Perhaps this gym will be used by those who don't drive and can't attend out of town gyms. Perhaps some of our "itinerant" workers already parked up outside someone elses house will use the gym.
Given the number of empty retail properties and ludicrous rents still being asked by the pensions chap behind his big desk in London and now, finally, the number for sale by desperate landlords (sorry, just had to stop to shed a tear - of laughter) there would be plenty of parking in town if it wasn't for all the new offices with no parking..............
Rick Andrews
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 8:04 pm
My comment was not aimed at this new business. A significant factor in the town centre decline is lack of affordable or free parking. Why pay to park when you can shop out of town with free parking. And that is also why we have so many office worker, and bank and shop worker cars parked on residential streets. I agree that office developments have been allowed with little attention to the realities of workers travel - everyone wants to drive as public transport is severely lacking. The developers must be required to deal with this. A handful of companies have made their millions from over developing office space.
Gary Chaplin
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 8:16 pm
Another great addition to the community, same month as The Service Course opens, another fitness hub announced. Wilmslow should be proud and welcome health-promoting enterprises with open arms (and rates incentives...).

Those complaining are likely those who never have/never will set foot in such places.

Good luck Stefan. No doubt you’ll smash it!
Jonathan Follows
Friday 17th January 2020 at 8:06 am
My perception is that there's plenty of free parking in or near the town centre, which would be ideal for a visit to the new gym, but that much of the free parking is taken by people who choose to risk parking there all day, and who find that they rarely receive a ticket.