A new gym could be open by the end of the month after a father and son got planning permission to transform a former warehouse.
Father and son Nick and Sam Swann, who live in Ryhall, were delighted to get planning permission from South Kesteven District Council to transform the empty unit in Gwash Way, Stamford, into a 10,000 sqft state-of-the-art gym.
The pair hope the gym, which will be called Rhino’s Gymnasium, Elite Sports and Conditioning, will be ready to open on Saturday, May 25.
Nick, 52, a manufacturing manager at Cummins Generator Technologies, said: “It’s all systems go now and three weeks is quite an aggresive timetable but we are excited to open.
“We are absolutely ecstatic to have got planning permission, it’s something we have been working towards for nearly a year.”
Nick and Sam decided to open Rhino’s because the pair have been travelling to a gym in Kettering, where Sam, who used to play for Ryhall United, has been training for bodybuilding competitions.
They wanted to offer specialist conditioning equipment closer to home, as well as a range of other gym equipment and studio classes.
They hope the gym will appeal to everyone and will be offering low membership costs and no joining fees.
People can also pay per session and there are additional costs for classes.
Nick said: “In terms of equipment, you name it we’ve got it.
“We want to appeal to everyone, whether that’s men or women, complete beginners to fitness enthusiasts.
“We feel we can offer something a bit different to other gyms in this area.”
As well as a large gym area and studio classes, there will also be a reception and a supplements shop.
It will be open between 6.30am and 9.30pm Monday to Friday and between 7am and 8pm at the weekends.
Rhino’s Gymnasium will be managed by Sam, 20, and his mother Linda, who will be responsible for membership and reception.
The family have also approached grafitti stencil artist Snik with a view to the anonymous art duo painting a rhino inside the gym.
To find out more about the gym visit www.rhinosgymnasium.co.uk