JD Sports is to open a chain of gyms as it announced plans to capitalise on the growing fitness market.
The high-street retailer, which will open its first 21,000 sq ft gym in Hull next month, will fit it out with the latest gym equipment.
JD Gyms managing director Alan Peacock told the Hull Daily Mail that it was planning to open further gyms across the UK.
He added: “We are investing £1 million in the site and when you make that kind of investment you are committing to that project. We also have a couple of other sites under offer in other big cities but those are deals we are working on at the moment.”
The UK fitness market inched up 0.5 per cent on 2012 after it was revealed that 12.6 per cent of the UK population is a registered member of a health club or gym.