The Zoo gym coming to Concord’s Steeplegate Mall

  • A map showing where The Zoo Health Club will be located at the Steeplegate Mall. The other anchor is currently occupied by a charter school. The Zoo Gym—Courtesy

  • An image posted on The Zoo Health Club's Facebook page shows what the layout of the gym's Concord location may look like. The Zoo Gym—Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 3/27/2019 11:25:41 AM

A fitness gym will fill one of Steeplegate Mall’s biggest spaces.

The Zoo Health Club, a gym that offers weight training, cardio and fitness classes, announced this week that it will be moving into the anchor space formerly filled by the Bon Ton at the Steeplegate Mall. The announcement did not determine an opening date, but means that all of the mall’s anchor spots have an advertised tenant for the first time in years.

According to franchise owner Julian Pecorino in a recent interview, Concord will be the third The Zoo gym to open in New Hampshire. He owns gyms in Derry and Manchester, and also owns a gym in Connecticut.

In addition to offering workout classes like Les Mills, Zumba, spinning, and senior-specific classes called “Senior Sneakers,” Percorino said the cardio equipment will also have tracking devices that will allow users to compete against others during class time.

The Zoo is 24/7 and his franchises offer childcare at no extra cost.

“We’re striving to be all-inclusive for everything,” he said.

The Zoo would be the most recent “all-inclusive” gym – meaning a place that offers classes, cardio and weight-training in one location – to open in Concord. Last year, 43 Degrees North Athletic Club opened in the former site of Core Fitness.

The Bon Ton space has been empty since last spring, when the company announced it would be closing its 40-something stores after filing for bankruptcy.

One section ha s since been filled by the Capital City Charter School.

The Zoo is currently taking early membership applications at the mall and on its website.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)

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