Top US gym chain to open in UK

Upmarket stateside gym-chain Equinox is looking for two London locations with plans to expand across Europe.

Chief executive, Harvey Spevak, expects Equinox to attract the same “active, type-A personality” customers as it does in Manhattan and in the other US urban areas where it has become a fixture. With locker rooms stuffed with Kiehl’s products and on-site luxury clothing stores, the company has dodged the downturn that afflicted mass-market fitness chains, freeing up cash to invest in international expansion.

Mr Spevak said Equinox would be “in a category of one” when it opens in the UK. “We have always had a great interest in bringing Equinox to the London market first, because of the great demand from locals and expats who are familiar with the brand. There is nothing comparable in the London market,” he says. The company opened its first location on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1991 and now has 18 clubs in Manhattan, and dozens more in cities from Hollywood to Washington.

The company plans to open its London gyms next year.

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