WILMINGTON — The old Harris Teeter location at Ogden Plaza has sat vacant for some time now, leaving residents curious as to what exactly could, or would, take its place. As it turns out the former grocery store will be the home to the region’s third Planet Fitness.
According to Hill Rogers, broker in charge for Cameron Management, “Planet Fitness has signed a new ten (10) year lease at Ogden Plaza Shopping Center, in the space formerly occupied by Harris Teeter. Originally built in 1980, and significantly remodeled in 2018, Ogden Plaza Shopping Center has been at the forefront of the Ogden retail trade area for decades.”
He said the gym hopes to open by the end of this year. The property known as Ogden Plaza, located at the intersections of Market Street, Gordon Road, and Military Cutoff Road underwent major renovations last year and has been welcoming in new tenants ever since.
“The owners decided to make a considerable re-investment in the property last year because we believed in its location, even though we knew Harris Teeter was going to ultimately vacate. That investment has reaped dividends with new leases with Ashley Furniture, Islands Fresh Mex Grill, and now Planet Fitness,” Rogers said.
Planet Fitness has more than 1,800 locations across the country and the Ogden location will be operated by Anchor Management Group — the company that operated the city’s two other locations located on Kerr Avenue and another in Monkey Junction.
According to Hill, the company is planning on investing nearly $3 million in the health club.
“With the addition of the Planet Fitness lease, occupancy at Ogden Plaza is above 80%. 24,000 square feet of junior anchor box space remains. We are already fielding offers on that space, and are cautiously optimistic that we can announce another lease in the near future,” he concluded.
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