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Gyms and workout studios were once the bane of shopping center owners because they thought the fitness buffs would fill up parking lots, but not shopping bags. However, as consumers’ shopping habits have changed leaving empty retail spaces, mall operators are rethinking the value of leasing to fitness centers and gyms.  In fact, data firm CoStar Group says space leased by the category growing about 69 percent nationwide during the past five years.  Are you looking for an innovative thinker to add to your team?  If so, 20/20 Foresight Executive Search can help.  For more information on our executive search services in real estate and financial services, contact us at www.2020-4.com or 708-246-2100.

Rooftop pools, UFC gyms and cycling studios: Fitness centers filling retail void at Chicago-area malls