A serious health chain has closed its final Lehigh Valley location, leaving an almost 14,000-square-foot anchor emptiness at Stefko Boulevard Procuring Middle.
Retro Health Bethlehem, between H&R Block and Tremendous Wine & Good Spirits, shuttered Might 27 on the purchasing vacation spot within the 1800 block of Stefko Boulevard, close to Easton Avenue. An indication on the entrance door Friday thanked patrons for his or her enterprise and famous all memberships have been being canceled with no additional costs being made to accounts. Billing is turned off, efficient Might 5, it said.
“We’re working with ABC Monetary to refund any paid in full memberships as effectively,” the signal added. “We apologize for any inconvenience this will likely trigger you and need you continued success in your health journey.”
The explanation behind the closure is unclear. A telephone quantity listed for the Bethlehem location was disconnected Friday and a Retro Health spokesperson didn’t instantly return a request for info.
The Bethlehem closure follows a September 2020 shut down on the twenty fifth Avenue Procuring Middle in Palmer Township. Ayon Codner, then vp of Keller Williams Property Group in South Whitehall Township, beforehand informed the Morning Name newspaper possession blamed COVID-19 as the explanation. The Name additionally reported an analogous previous Retro Health closure on the Mountainville Procuring Middle in Allentown.
Regardless of the regional closures, nonetheless, the health chain seems to be on the uptick nationally.
Retro Health on Might 20 introduced in a information launch plans to launch “Venture LIFT,” an initiative to open 500 well being golf equipment in 50 numerous populated communities nationally over a span of the following 5 years. This system marked the biggest growth deal within the historical past of the chain, Retro Health representatives mentioned.
Venture Raise was launched following a current research by the U.S. Division of Well being & Human Companies Workplace of Minority Well being displaying Black and Hispanic residents having a better weight problems charge than different ethnic teams, no matter socioeconomic standing.
The membership-based chain is understood for its Nineteen Eighties vibe with pink and yellow gear. It affords private coaching and group health lessons, in addition to such facilities as a smoothie bar, tanning, therapeutic massage chair and retail store. It presently has greater than 120 places nationally, in keeping with the chain’s web site.
Retro Health’ closure now leaves a complete of three vacancies on the Stefko Boulevard Procuring Middle, owned by Regency Facilities. It sits in a dense retail hall and is moreover anchored by Greenback Tree and Valley Farm Market.
A 2,800-square-foot house stays after a blaze torched Lion’s Den Barber Store in August 2021. The hearth, which led to arson costs, closely broken the constructing and the inside has been underneath development. The opposite 1,600-square-foot house previously occupied Regency Finance Firm, subsequent to T-Cell. Each presently can be found for lease, mentioned Scott Horner, vp of the retail division at Colliers Worldwide, the middle’s leasing agent.
Not less than two new companies are slated to fill a pair of vacancies left by a Hallmark retailer and J’s Steaks & Subs at the least 5 years in the past. The Hallmark was a closure and J’s Steaks & Subs relocated to a different constructing at 2140 Stefko Blvd., Horner mentioned.
Signed on to fill the two,000-square-foot house left by J’s shall be That is Burritos, a quick informal Mexican eatery with burritos, tacos and quesadillas. The three,200-square-foot former Hallmark retailer is slated to develop into B Optimistic, a state-of-the-art blood plasma assortment website. Each tenants haven’t introduced official grand opening dates, however indicators have gone up at That is Burritos and each websites seem like underneath development.
The purchasing vacation spot has greater than a dozen different companies, together with T-Cell, Washline Coin Laundry, Metro PCS, Stefko Pharmacy, Tung Hing Chinese language Restaurant, Trend Nails, United Verify Cashing, and Little CALI arepa and empanada bar.
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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann could also be reached at [email protected].