International Fitness Club Sets Opening Date for First Houston Location in River Oaks District
November 4, 2015
International Fitness Club Sets Opening Date for First Houston Location in River Oaks District
Houston Business Journal

Equinox, a full-service fitness club out of New York, has plans to open in the River Oaks District on Dec. 3.

The 33,000-square-foot center at 4444 Westheimer Road will feature studios for cycling, barre, Pilates and yoga, as well as spaces for group fitness classes, cardio and weight training, and a juice bar.

Additionally, the gym will feature a spa and a store, which will sell clothes and accessories from designers like Stella McCartney, Splendid and Beyond Yoga.

The River Oaks District location will be the chain's 76th international club and third in Texas. Equinox already has two locations in Dallas, as well as others in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as London and Toronto.

“Not only is Houston one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, it also boasts a sophisticated population with a strong health and wellness orientation, which perfectly aligns with the Equinox lifestyle,” Jeff Weinhaus, Equinox chief development officer, said in a statement. “The site in the River Oaks District has allowed us to build a true Equinox flagship, amongst an incredible roster of co-tenants in the center of a broad and dynamic trade area."

Equinox will join a host of other upscale venues launching their first Houston locations in the recently opened River Oaks District.

The plush movie theater chain iPic-Gold Class Entertainment LLC, based in Florida, will officially open its first Houston theater on Nov. 6 in the shopping center. The eight-screen theater comes equipped with reclinable seats in a personal "pod," blankets, pillows and a full-service bar and restaurant.

Meanwhile, an Italian shoemaker will launch his first Houston boutique in the center this month, while plans for Austin-based Hopdoddy's first Bayou City burger bar are underway.

As of last month, the retail component of the River Oaks District was 85 percent leased, and 95 percent of those retailers were new to Houston.

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