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The Grafton centre is getting a gym – and people aren’t happy about it

PureGyms decision to open a new branch in the Grafton centre has caused quite a stair with our reade..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 23, 2018

PureGyms decision to open a new branch in the Grafton centre has caused quite a stair with our readers.

The shopping mall has already had a number of recent expansions, with H&M adding a new store specialising in home products.

A visualisation of the Grafton Centre's new great court (Image: Grafton Centre)

However, even when proposals were first made, members of the public said it was “not a good omen”.

The gyms opening has irked a number of people in our comment section, with complaints about parking, layout, and its necessity all being called into question.

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Carole Ann Martin commented on our Facebook page: “They will have to run there then as nobody can afford the carpark..

"Hardly any buses go in the terminal now…

"its (sic) good shops it needs to entice people there in the first place..so plenty of cafes etc so you can then work it off in the gym.lol”

A sentiment shared by Liam ORourke who said: “Oh good, another gym. Just what we need….”

Karen Hammond meanwhile, questioned the need for a gym within a shopping centre. She wrote: “thats nice another gym, so what Cambridge really needs, with all the other gyms around the city.

"All over priced and most of us can not afford to use. I guess there are more coffee shops to fill in the gaps."

The transformed Fitzroy Street entrance of the Grafton Centre (Image: Grafton Centre)

There was some positive feedback as well however, with Liz Purkiss saying: “Nice to see the old shopping centre revamped.

"So many towns just open new ones, one after the other and let the old shopping centres get run down and become a real eyesores – Aylesbury for example!”

Dean Williams also praised PureGym for opening a new gym, saying: “Excellent news, close to home, far more interesting than yet another coffee shop/clothes shop or phone boutique.”

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Over in our comments section, there was less praise for the new gym.

ProfGumby3 said: “Will this revamp sort out the ridiculous single escalator connecting the food court to the outside? Hopefully by now it has occurred to management to install escalators in PAIRS – one going up, one going down.

"Who on earth thought that ONE escalator was a good idea? I don't think I've ever seen it switched on, for obvious reasons. May as well have been a staircase.”

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Cockapoo66 also criticised the decision, saying: “Talk about making what once look quite appealing into something that now looks bland and boring.

"There really are some truly stupid people in charge in the wrong places these days. No sense whatsoever."

The new Decathlon sports store in the Grafton Centre (Image: David Johnson)

Leeuk also believes that the cost might put potential gym rats off. They said: “Unless you live right next to the Grafton Centre, who will want to pay the parking charge several times a week when working out ?”

By my calculations, an average Gym user would have to pay between £20.00 to £30.00 a week ?!! Thats £1,040 to £1,500 a year !!!!!”

Duncan Costin, property director at PureGym Group, said: “PureGym will offer something new to The Grafton.

"Our brand has a unique offering that will appeal to the active lifestyle environment within Cambridge.

"Its a great time for us to join The Grafton, our new fitness offer will complement the existing leisure and the new Food Social F&B quarter, as part of the centres refresh.”

However, with potential clients less than impressed, the prospect of a post-foodcourt run might be a hard sell.

The Grafton centre is getting a gym – and people aren’t happy about it

PureGyms decision to open a new branch in the Grafton centre has caused quite a stair with our reade..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 23, 2018

PureGyms decision to open a new branch in the Grafton centre has caused quite a stair with our readers.

The shopping mall has already had a number of recent expansions, with H&M adding a new store specialising in home products.

A visualisation of the Grafton Centre's new great court (Image: Grafton Centre)

However, even when proposals were first made, members of the public said it was “not a good omen”.

The gyms opening has irked a number of people in our comment section, with complaints about parking, layout, and its necessity all being called into question.

Read More

Carole Ann Martin commented on our Facebook page: “They will have to run there then as nobody can afford the carpark..

"Hardly any buses go in the terminal now…

"its (sic) good shops it needs to entice people there in the first place..so plenty of cafes etc so you can then work it off in the gym.lol”

A sentiment shared by Liam ORourke who said: “Oh good, another gym. Just what we need….”

Karen Hammond meanwhile, questioned the need for a gym within a shopping centre. She wrote: “thats nice another gym, so what Cambridge really needs, with all the other gyms around the city.

"All over priced and most of us can not afford to use. I guess there are more coffee shops to fill in the gaps." (more…)

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