Fitness Factory inks 16,400 sq. ft. lease at Gardens in Mount Olive

The recently opened Boot Barn and Fitness Factory (opening this summer) took over The Gardens' former Bed, Bath & Beyond space. Other key additions to this section of the Mt. Olive power center include Ross.

Fitness Factory Health Club will be bringing its personalized approach to training this summer to the Gardens shopping center in Mount Olive, according to a Thursday announcement from R.J. Brunelli & Co. 

R.J. Brunelli & Co. is the exclusive leasing agent for the 373,612-square-foot power center, and signed the fast-growing regional health club to a 16,400-square-foot space that occupies the remaining portion of the property’s former Bed Bath & Beyond store. The 13,800-square-foot balance of that space was occupied by the recently opened Boot Barn — the national Western wear and casual apparel chain’s first location in northern New Jersey.

Fitness Factory and Boot Barn join a list of newcomers to the property that includes the recently opened Ross as well as Skechers, which is set to debut in early June. Home Goods opened at the site in summer 2023. These will be followed in the fourth quarter of this year by a 2,500-square-foot Panda Express and a 2,325-square-foot Chipotle Mexican Grill in a newly developed pad site building. Chipotle will offer drive-thru service.

Located just off the intersection of Route 46 and Interstate 80 in the Flanders section of Mount Olive Township, the Gardens features such other major retailers as Lowe’s, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Michael’s, PetSmart and Five Below. An adjoining Walmart, which owns its store site, serves as a shadow anchor.

“With these latest deals, we’re pleased to report that the Gardens is now 98% leased,” Danielle Brunelli, president and principal of the Old Bridge-based brokerage, said. “All that remains available are two spaces of 4,500 and 2,600 feet. In the past two years, we backfilled major vacancies arising from bankruptcy-driven closures of Babies ‘R’ Us and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as the departure of Old Navy. The execution of leases with these exciting new national and regional tenants points to the strength of this center, which underwent a major renovation under owner Black Lion Investment Group.”

The Gardens’ new Fitness Factory will be the second location in Morris County for the Edgewater-based chain, which currently has 17 company-owned and franchised health clubs in operation or under development in northern and central New Jersey, as well as Westchester County and Harlem in New York. The company also plans to expand into Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1998 by family members Dennis Cieri, Daniel Cieri and Richard Scarpati, Fitness Factory is known for its premium facilities and affordable programs tailored for novice and seasoned fitness enthusiasts alike. The clubs offer cutting-edge cardio equipment along with personal training services tailored to diverse fitness goals, innovative group classes and such amenities as an all-natural juice bar and on-site childcare.

“Choosing the Gardens was very simple, since it checked off the strategic and Class A real estate boxes on our list,” Scarpati, Fitness Factory managing member, said. “This location gives us a catbird seat in the upper northwest quadrant of New Jersey, which is starving for a big-box, full-service premium facility, and we will be flanked by our huge sister location in Rockaway. We are anxious to become part of and service the Flanders community and other nearby towns.”

Managing Member Dennis Cieri added: “We couldn’t be more excited to expand the Fitness Factory brand into the Mount Olive region and are looking forward to contributing to the improved health and fitness in the greater community.”