The city issued a permit Nov. 15 for Crunch Fitness to build-out in the former Stein Mart store at 13475 Atlantic Blvd. in Harbour Village.
Russco General Contractors of Fall River, Massachusetts, is the contractor for the $1.685 million project for interior demolition and renovations to the almost 32,000-square-foot space.
Bankrupt Stein Mart Inc. closed its stores in October 2020. The six Jacksonville area locations are attracting tenants.
Harbour Village landlord Phillips Edison & Co. shows Crunch Fitness on a property brochure in the 32,670-square-foot former Stein Mart space in the middle of the shopping center at northwest San Pablo Road and Atlantic Boulevard.
Crunch Fitness says on crunch.com that the Harbour Village location is coming soon.
New York City-based Crunch sells franchises. It says it has more than 1.6 million members with more than 360 gyms worldwide in 32 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Spain, Australia and Costa Rica.
It has 27 centers open in Florida, including one in Orange Park. Three are coming soon.
Crunch.com says it began as one small basement-studio gym in Greenwich Village in 1989.
Jacksonville-based Stein Mart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August 2020 and closed its stores in late October 2020.
Stein Mart leased from 30,000 to 46,000 square feet of anchor box space at six area properties.
In addition to Harbour Village, Lakewood Promenade and Point Meadows, Stein Mart leased at Roosevelt Square/Ortega Park in West Jacksonville, Riverplace Shopping Center in Mandarin and South Beach Regional in Jacksonville Beach.