Planet Fitness moving into Marshalls space at Mondawmin Mall

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It’s no brand new movie theater, but at least it’ll get people moving.

With three days left before Marshalls vacates its location at Mondawmin Mall, commercial real estate firm McKenzie Ventures announced today that Planet Fitness is moving into the space. The location will be the budget gym chain’s fifth in Baltimore City, joining the ones in Frankford, The Alameda Shopping Center, downtown near Charles Center and Reisterstown Road Plaza.

A release says the gym will be 22,000 square feet and include cardio and strength equipment, a spa with with HydroMassage beds and massage chairs and other amenities that come with Planet Fitness’ monthly memberships, including free training sessions.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement that “in addition to providing a welcoming environment for people to improve their health and fitness, Planet Fitness will create jobs and give back to the community as they have in other neighborhoods.”

Beyond being known for offering no-commitment plans for as little as $10 a month, Planet Fitness is infamous for its “no judgment zone” rules, which ban grunting, banging of weights and, curiously, bandannas and jeans.

Its arrival is a win for Mondawmin, which recently lost Marshalls and saw its former longtime anchor tenant, Target, close its store there early last year.

Pugh said during the spring she’d reached out to Port Covington financier Goldman Sachs about possibly investing in a movie theater to fill the void. No word on that since.

Construction on Planet Fitness’ Mondawmin location will start during the first quarter of this year. Its operators are aiming to open by the summer.

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