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Planet Fitness to fill space in empty Kmart

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A portion of the former Kmart store on Fort Wayne's south side will soon be home to the city's newest Planet Fitness location.

The shopping plaza along U.S. 27/Lafayette Street, between East Tillman Road and South Anthony Boulevard is mostly empty after being filled with businesses decades ago. Now, the popular national workout chain will bring in new life. 

WANE 15 News confirmed the business will open to customers in late December or early January. 

Planet Fitness will be located north of the former Kmart's main entrance, in the space that once held an eatery featuring Little Caesar's pizza. Construction was happening at that spot as a WANE 15 photographer stopped by Monday afternoon. 

A temporary trailer was placed in the parking lot, giving perspective members a place to ask questions and sign up for memberships. 

New paint on the columns around the Kmart entrance are unrelated to Planet Fitness and may be a sign of another new business yet to be announced.

The improvements come as some people on the city's south side fight for new businesses, while disavowing more gas stations and convenience stores. 


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