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Planet Fitness to open in former Toys R Us building in Fairview Heights

Plans call for a new Planet Fitness location to open this spring in the old Toys R Us building in Fairview Heights, making yet another change to the health-club landscape along Interstate 64.

The 50,000-square-foot building at 120 Commerce Lane has been vacant for 18 months, so it was a top priority for city leaders to see it brought back to life.

A Cincinnati-based franchisee called Planet Fitness Midwest has leased the entire building and is converting 30,000 square feet on the south end into an exercise and spa facility. The company is in negotiations to sublease the other 20,000 square feet.

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