Fitness 19 expanding with second Springs location

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A family friendly fitness chain with locations across the country is set to open its second location in Colorado Springs this summer.

Fitness 19 is building a 7,200-square-foot gym at Union Town Center. The other Fitness 19 location is on Stetson Hills Boulevard.

The deal was finalized in December with Sierra Commercial Real Estate. Fitness 19 was created by Earl Wilson, Robert Lineberger and Nick Milat, who opened the first location in California. The chain has locations in 11 states.

The three men strive to keep costs down by exchanging big-box gyms for mid-size clubs that are closer to homes. The fitness centers do not offer shower facilities, but do provide on-site day care.

Tanning salon offers free month

A local tanning salon is celebrating 10 years in business by letting customers tan for free in February.

Sun Spot Atlantis at 4310 Austin Bluffs Parkway is saying thank you to the community with its “Free for All” promotion, said Ric Rooney, owner of the 6,000-square-foot tanning salon.

“There is a little rowdiness going on, but it’s all good,” he said. “We thought we’d give back a little and say thank you to the community for its support by opening our doors and letting everyone tan for free in February.”

The promotion has no conditions; no one is required to join the salon and no purchase is required, Rooney said.

“We’re picking up the tab for the whole month,” he said.

The salon is Colorado Springs’ largest tanning facility and the only three-time winner of the industry’s National Salon of the Year award.

Local Wild Oats raises funds for Boys & Girls Club

Wild Oats Market is holding a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region from Feb. 15 through March 15.

The whole foods store will provide customers with slips in denominations of $1, $3 and $5 to add to their grocery purchases.

“The Boys & Girls Club provides invaluable programs for the Colorado Springs community,” said Becca Sickbert, marketing manager for Wild Oats. “Wild Oats is proud to support an organization so vitally connected to the health and development of youth. We encourage everyone in the community to stop by during the donation drive, as 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.”

The Boys & Girls Club has been serving youth in the Pikes Peak region since 1888, providing character and leadership development, education and career exploration, health and life skills, art and cultural awareness and sports, fitness and recreational opportunities.

Wild Oats donated more than $2 million to nonprofit programs throughout the United States last year.

Retailers welcome Bush’s proposals on health care

The National Retail Federation welcomed President George Bush’s State of the Union proposals for making health care more affordable and available.

The retail organization said the federal action is more effective than legislation pending in several states requiring large employers to spend a certain percentage of payroll on worker health benefits. Maryland recently passed legislation requiring large employers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care benefits. Critics of the legislation say it unfairly targets retail giant Wal-Mart, one of the only employers affected by the legislation.

“It’s very appropriate that the president is talking about health care as a national issue,” NRF President and CEO Tracy Mullin said. “This is a nationwide problem that needs a nationwide solution. The proposals being put forth by the president can make a real difference in the lives of the millions of Americans who desperately need health care coverage as soon as possible. Association Health Plans, in particular, could provide almost immediate benefits for employees of the small retailers that are the backbone of job creation. Many of these ideas have been considered by Congress before, only to hit political roadblocks, particularly in the Senate.”

Mullin said state action was an “overreaction” to the health care crisis, and called on Congress to act.

During the Jan. 31 State of the Union address, Bush indicated support for limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, the establishment of association health plans to allow small businesses access to the same rates provided to large businesses and an expansion of health savings accounts.

NRF is opposed to legislation pending in a number of states that was modeled on the action in Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly overturned a gubernatorial veto of a bill requiring companies with 10,000 or more employees to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care benefits.

The AFL-CIO is promoting similar legislation in 30 other states, and some of the pending bills would go significantly beyond the Maryland legislation, applying to smaller employers and/or setting higher percentage requirements.

Amy Gillentine covers retail news for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.