Gymco opening second location


Gymco -- a staple off East Paris Drive SE for more than 30 years -- will begin offering its children's sports classes at Knapp's Corner later this month. Photo via Facebook

Popular children’s educational and exercise facility Gymco is opening its second Grand Rapids location next week.

Gymco North will occupy roughly 4,200 square feet at 2121 Celebration Drive NE, next to Celebration Cinema! North, and feature many of the same classes and programs the firm has offered at its location off East Paris Drive SE for more than 30 years, while introducing some services that will be unique to the new facility.

Gymco President Doreen Bolhuis said the satellite location is the result of several years of planning to advance its “unique mission to empower children with skills to be more active and confident.”

Gymco North required the full renovation of three retail spaces next to Celebration Cinema at Knapp’s Corner and will feature an observation lobby, open concept gym space, preschool area and party room. Bolhuis said Gymco has been interviewing candidates for both instructors and office staff and has hired 12 new employees to date, with more to follow.

A ribbon cutting and open house is scheduled for 2-3 p.m., Oct. 23. The grand opening is set for noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27.

“We are proud to be part of the great atmosphere at Knapp’s Corner and look forward to working together with other businesses to help one another grow and serve the Grand Rapids community,” she said.

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