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It will be open every hour of every day from Monday to Sunday and the retail giant will hold the gym over 3,000sqft of space.

A report on The Journal’s website indicates that TJ Hughes department store wants to convert a section of their space to a sports club after planning permission was granted. A spokesperson for Retail Smart, who provide store planning solutions, commented on the unusual idea.

The Bigg Market section of TJ Hughes discount department store in Newcastle will be converted into a 24/7 sports club, after the retailer received permission to change part of its floor space. A gym on the ground and first floors aims to attract more visitors on a daily basis.

It will be open every hour of every day from Monday to Sunday and the retail giant will hold the gym over 3,000sqft of space. Officers approved the plans because they believe it fits with the National Planning Policy Framework – this requires them to contribute to sustainable development.

Card controlled access will be installed at Bigg Market entrance outside of store opening hours so people can enter the gym throughout the day and night. The development will not start later than April 2018 for the creation of new sport and leisure facilities.

Before work begins a detailed noise survey must be completed. This includes any vibrations from gym equipment and sound insulation between residential and commercial property. The latter needs to be approved by the Local Planning Authority.

A spokesperson for Retail Smart released a statement following the news, they said: “This idea in Newcastle may well be unconventional, but it should be well received in the city of Newcastle. Giving local people more sports facilities is an effective way of making the region healthier with an additional hobby.

“The fact this gym will be open all hours means that this could have a positive effect on the number of shoppers to this particular John Lewis store. The layout will need to be carefully considered so shoppers notice the facilities and opt to join the fitness centre rather than another local gym. At Retail Smart we help customers find particular sections of stores eye-catching from the moment they walk in through the door.”

Retail Smart is a UK planogram and store planning software and services company. They supply services ranging from planograms, store planning, range assortment retail solutions and interactive 3D retail experiences. Retail Smart help their clients to build credible product range and optimise their shelf and store space.

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