This is a piece originally posted on Sioux Falls Business with Jodi Schwan.
GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness is entering Harrisburg.
The membership-based unlimited golf and fitness business has purchased the former Carolan Rental building on North Cliff Avenue in Harrisburg, just south of Sioux Falls.
“There’s a lot we like about it,” GreatLIFE director of fitness Nick Ovenden said. “It’s set up as a big, open space. It has a big parking lot to the south and great ability to have an indoor-outdoor feel already.”
The 16,000-square-foot building sits on 6 acres not far from GreatLIFE’s Performance Center at 69th Street and Southeastern Avenue, allowing for features that complement that center while adding lots of fitness options for the growing Harrisburg community.
“Harrisburg has definitely been a spot we’ve looked at,” Ovenden said. “We looked at a few opportunities, but we feel Harrisburg is going to be big enough where a small satellite gym wouldn’t do it justice. When this building came up, it was perfect, and we jumped on the opportunity as quickly as we could.”
The new gym will have everything GreatLIFE members expect in a fitness center, plus lots of extras.
“We’ll have a large turf presence there,” Ovenden said. “People at Performance Center love the outdoor space, but we’re limited on room. This will have plenty of space to grow and create a big, fun outdoor space for people training for outdoor adventure races.”
The building also will include saunas, a large area for free weights and six built-in garage doors to support the indoor-outdoor feel.
GreatLIFE’s purchase includes some of Carolan Rental’s inflatables.
“We like them for our family events but also see them being used outdoors to train for inflatable 5Ks,” Ovenden said. “They can be a tough workout, so it would be fun to incorporate them during the nicer weather.”
GreatLIFE will do significant construction within the building and will announce more details about the features there in coming months. The plan is to be open by late summer.
“It will be a whole different atmosphere than any of our facilities right now,” Ovenden said. “We’re really excited for it.”