Shoppers will be able to keep fit at a city supermarket if unusual plans are given the green light.
Visitors to Sainsbury’s in Flintoff Way, Deepdale, will be able to spend pounds at the checkout and lose pounds in the store’s gym, if it is granted approval.
Supermarket bosses have applied to Preston Council to change the use of retail floorspace to a gym, and say the proposal would create 15 new jobs.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “It is a proposal for a budget gym to serve the population in the north Preston residential area. It will create 15 new jobs and we look forward to a decision being forthcoming shortly.”
The gym, if approved, will be a sub-division of the shop and use part of the existing floorspace, but will have its own dedicated access from outside.
A planning statement, submitted by agents Turley on behalf of Sainsbury’s, said the proposal would provide a “complementary facility” to the site, “taking advantage of the accessible and sustainable location”.
It will create 15 new jobs and we look forward to a decision being forthcoming shortly.
It said: “The facility will contribute to overall health and wellbeing objectives for the borough. The proposal will make an important contribution to the economic regeneration of Preston through the creation of jobs, and the provision of a community facility.”
The statement said gym would provide “24 hour access to leisure uses, seven days a week”.
It said: “The principal purpose of the change of use is to improve and diversify the offer of the existing Sainsbury’s store site for customers and local residents and to make efficient use of the space within the store. It has also been identified that a more efficient layout of the store merchandising can be achieved that would allow a consolidation and release of an element of the floorspace from retail use.
“The proposed change of use of a small part of the existing foodstore will facilitate the introduction of a leisure use, targeted towards providing a quality facility at the budget end of the gym market, one that is typified on retail park locations and in accessible residential locations.”
A decision will be made by the council’s planning committee.