Empty Lidl store in Hull to become 24-hour gym

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 May 2019

A large new gym is planned for Hessle Road to breathe new life into a former supermarket building.

The old Lidl store has lain empty since February 2018 after the supermarket giant created a new superstore nearby in Brighton Street.

At the time of opening, the Lidl in Brighton Street was one of just five superstores across the country.

Now, Lidl has submitted a planning application to turn its former premises in Hessle Road into a Fit 24 gym.

Fit 24 currently has a gym in St Stephen’s shopping centre but is now looking to open its new premises at the former supermarket site.

Fit24 in Hull

The new premises will have a large fee weights room, a weight machine area, a spin studio and a cardio area which will include around a dozen treadmills.

In the planning statement, the applicant says: “The application proposal seeks to facilitate the future occupation of the former Lidl store by a gym operator.

"No changes to the existing car parking arrangements are proposed, with the existing 75 spaces remaining available for the proposed gym use.

“The gym is proposed to operate on a 24/7 basis, allowing members the ability to access the site at their convenience.

Layout of the plans for the new Fit 24 gym plans in Hessle Road, west Hull

“Although the gym would be open 24 hours per day, it is anticipated that the main hours of use would be during the daytime, with considerably fewer members using the facility during late evening or early morning hours.”

The latest application veers away from the original proposals for the site.

The applicant says: “Planning permission was granted on May 25, 2018 for external alterations to facilitate the sub-division of the former Lidl foodstore into three retail units.

“While interest from potential trade park operators has been limited, a gym operator has expressed interest in occupying the unit.”

The application will be considered by Hull City Council's planning committee in June.

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