There’s a rumor going around (and this is how trouble starts) that indicates the building formerly housing Enterprise Lanes bowling alley – in Benton Square Shopping Center in the 1500 block of Military Road – will soon house a Planet Fitness. Listen to me. This is unconfirmed information.
However, I have some clues:
A source has told me that the owner of the old bowling alley property has a letter of intent from a fitness company. I called 10 Fitness and the Assistant Manager there said has no current plans to move to or expand to Benton.
I asked a spokesperson at the Planet Fitness location in Little Rock whether there would be a Benton location opening. The spokesperson said that they were expanding with 13 new locations over the next 3 years and Benton was “probably” one of those places.When pressed for confirmation on that specific location, the spokesperson said “I can’t say yet, but that’s probably it.”
Currently, there are two other tenants in this property. John’s Gym, who would be an obvious competitor of a fitness business, is located at the east end of the building. Young’s Jewelers is on the west end, near the street.
I talked to John Holland, the owner of John’s Gym. He said he received a notice to vacate and so his operations will be moving out of their next-door location in short. According to Holland, John’s Gym will be open for business next week in a former location of Dollar General at 714 Edison Avenue.
Ryan Young at Young’s Jewelers said that they have plans to stay put. They are aware of some kind of renovations going on next door, but not what exactly.
I’ll update this story as I get more information.
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