Construction on Springville business comes to an end
“We loved our old location, but there wasn’t anywhere to go,” he explained. “Here, we have almost five acres to expand into.”
That expansion, Wannemacher explained, will include a full track with a lawn area in the middle for soccer and football camps, two regulation-sized, sand volleyball courts, a military-style obstacle course and basketball area.
“I’m going to have a concrete pad, outside the classroom,” he said, gesturing at a mirrored exercise room, in which classes are conducted. “In nice weather, we can take the rubber flooring outside and have it completely outdoors or just open the door to get the breeze.”
The owner added that he was considering implementing some outdoor classes for the winter, as well, but has no concrete plans, yet.
“We want the two ends of the building to mirror each other, to sort of tie it all together,” he explained.
New mirrors will hang on the walls at an angle, above the large windows that are currently in place.
The new, circular reception desk will have laundry facilities located directly behind it and will overlook the workout floor, with no wasted space in between.
“We learned a lot from the other location,” he said. “We wanted to improve on the flow of things and make sure we have complete access to customers. We got rid of wasted space and didn’t lose any space in the move.”
“I know of some people who are waiting to come back until we’re fully implemented, and we did lose a few, but in the grand scheme of things, the community has been very, very supportive. I was nervous about that, at first, but it’s been really great,” he said.
Spring Creek Athletic Club’s customer base is 60 percent local, with many of its members coming from Gowanda, Hamburg, Ellicottville and Arcade.
“It’s an easy trek,” Wannamacher said. “People in this area don’t think anything of making a little trip down the 219 or up 39. It’s no big deal to us to go 15 miles or so.”
The owner said he expects to be 100 percent operational within three weeks, with 24-hour access with swipe card entrance coming in mid- to late-November. He also said he plans to add a sleep apnea center in January, as part of his mission toward “total health” for consumers.
“It’s a natural fit,” he said. “A lot of people who have sleep apnea are out of shape, so putting a sleep center with a gym just makes sense.”
The Spring Creek Athletic Club is located at 535 West Main St. in Springville. The gym can be reached at 592-2000.