This news item will be good news for most of our readers, but maybe disappointing for others. Let me explain….
You know, we’ve been wanting to open a DreamBody Centre (DBC) in, or near Manama for a very long time, and we’ve had people requesting it for ages. But we’ve never found a good location. Our main criteria for opening a DBC are:
1) A relatively busy area with a high population density.
2) A good “showroom” space on a main road.
3) Ample parking.
Can you believe that these three criteria are almost impossible to find these days? There is a huge shortage in Bahrain of decent showrooms with sufficient parking (while there is an over supply of luxury villas and offices). One of the main reasons we had to close down our Seef district branch was because parking spaces were becoming very scarce.
So after looking for a long time, we finally found an excellent location in the Bahrain Mall. We found a nice place with 486 sq. m of space. Also, the Bahrain Mall has the highest number of parking spaces per 100 sq. m of retail space. Now I know some of you might be worried about going to work out in a mall, but let me assure you that the location is easy to get to, and quite discrete. We’ll even have our very own entrance into the mall, as we’re taking one of the fire exits as our personal entrance.
I think this will be good for most of our members as they’ve been complaining about how far Hamala is. It will also be good for us as we’ll benefit from the traffic in the mall.
The down side is that we’ll actually close down our Hamala branch, so some of our members who live in the area will be disappointed. But to be honest in today’s economic environment, it just doesn’t make sense to have two locations.
Here’s the press release I sent out regarding the DBC move:
One of Bahrain’s most well known fitness and weight loss centres is moving to a new location. The DreamBody Centre, Bahrain’s first and only 23 minute weight loss and fitness centre will move from Hamala to the Bahrain Mall. The move is expected to take place in the next couple of months.
“We’ve had people asking as for a long time to move closer to the capital,” said DreamBody Centre founder Suhail Algosaibi. “But we’ve always had a problem in finding a good location, as most retail outlets lack sufficient parking. We finally found an excellent space in the Bahrain Mall, which also has the highest ratio of parking spaces per 100 sq. m of retail space of any mall in Bahrain,” added Mr. Algosaibi.
“We are very excited to have the DreamBody Centre come into our mall,” said Bahrain Mall Manager Michael Simmelink. “I have no doubt that our mall will serve the new centre’s needs very well, and will complement our existing portfolio of retail stores very well,” added Mr. Simmelink.
The fit out work is expected to start this August, and the opening is expected to be in the first week of November at the latest. For more information visit www.DreamBodyCentre.com.
Anyway, I’ll share more with you as things develop, I’ll also share some 3D perspectives with you.