Recently, a new fitness center has moved to Oxford. Off Locust Street, in the same development that houses Kroger, Anytime Fitness will be settled in and awaiting customers in February.
The 24-hour workout facility is presently undergoing construction and remodeling.
Due to the fact that Anytime Fitness will have a central location, Alan Kyger, the director of economic development in Oxford, believes the workout facility should be able to run a healthy business.
“There are a good amount of people who don’t want to go over to the recreational center and compete with 18 to 22 year olds over equipment,” Kyger said. “Anytime Fitness will have a hometown feel that will attract a more local clientele.”
Kyger believes in order for Anytime Fitness to be successful, there will need to be a good amount of participation from the community of Oxford due to the city’s small size.
The student body doesn’t believe the new fitness center will affect them much.
“It’s good for the community of Oxford but it definitely won’t affect me because the recreational center is free and it’s much closer,” senior Brett Hoffman said.
Anytime Fitness owner Jeff O’Mara believes the business has good chances of success.
“We are going for a different type of clientele and it’s a 24 hour facility, something the recreational center doesn’t offer,” O’Mara said. “If everyone in Oxford were going to exercise, there wouldn’t be enough room for them in the recreational center.”