Omni Fight Club Expands to Europe, Construction Begins on Piedmont Wellness Center

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Omni Fight Club, Athens, Georgia, announced this month it is expanding to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Portugal as part of a European expansion strategy. According to The Times, Omni is currently seeking new studio sites between 2,600 square feet and 5,400 square feet in densely populated areas in each of the four countries. This follows similar news from UFC Gym, which recently announced it will open more than 100 clubs in the U.K. and Ireland by 2028.

Ground broke on March 16 at the future site of the Piedmont Wellness Center at Pinewood Forest, Fayetteville, Georgia. The 60,000-square-foot medically integrated wellness center is expected to open in late 2019, according to The Citizen.

WACO High School, Wayland, Iowa, is receiving a new athletic training and fitness training center, which will also be open to the public when it opens its doors on Aug. 18. A donation from the Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman Foundation helped bring about the construction of the 9,000-square-foot facility, according to The Hawk Eye. It will feature an exercise room, football locker room, laundry area and more. Community memberships will be made available, but the facility's weight room will only be available to students.

The board of trustees at Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming, have approved the third and final phase of a major renovation project to the Johnson Fitness Center. The final renovations, valued at $240,000, will begin this summer and will include new flooring, office space, partitioned showers and ceiling improvements, the Powell Tribune reported. The Johnson Fitness Center is expected to reopen to students in August. Meanwhile, the fitness center is being housed in the Fagerberg Building Annex.

The Portsmouth YMCA, Portsmouth, Virginia, has merged with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, the organizations recently announced. Better known as the Churchland Y, the Portsmouth facility will retain its own governing body as part of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads system. “We’re excited about the benefits of partnering with a larger, successful organization,” Portsmouth Y Executive Director Richard Wentz said in a media release. “For example, the Taylor Bend YMCA has an excellent diabetes prevention program, and we look forward to sharing their knowledge here.” The facility will remain at its 4900 High Street location.

The Greater Bluefield Community Center, Bluefield, West Virginia, has been rebranded as the Fitness and Recreation Center and is undergoing a major programming overhaul, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported. The city facility is slated to close on July 2 and will reopen four to six weeks later with new membership packages and renovations to the exercise and aquatics areas.

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