Mark from 42Freeway heads back to Bellmawr's massive Direct Connect project, to review what has changed in the last few months. And yes, there are new things to talk about. This update is really a 7 min YouTube video (bottom of article) but we'll highlight here in writing and photos the things in the video.
The Deptford Mall transformation continues with Crunch Fitness planned to take over the entire 30,000 sq ft Sears Auto building in the mall’s parking lot! Crunch Fitness is a growing full featured fitness center with day care services for gym patrons! They promote High Value at a Low Cost and the base membership is only $9.95!
To give a perspective on size, the Deptford location at 30,000 sq feet will be larger than most area Planet Fitness locations. The location in the former Sears Auto Center is surrounded by a sea of parking spaces… which is always a complaint at other gyms. With hundreds of spots surrounding the gym you should never have a problem parking at Crunch Fitness Deptford! Crunch joins an area that recently saw the much smaller Anytime Fitness Deptford close recently, and just 2 years ago the large Edge Fitness opened on Clements Bridge Road.
Deptford Mall owner Macerich just made the announcement on a recent investor’s earnings call, but Crunch Deptford started their online presence at the end of 2019. (42Freeway was a little behind on this one!) We chatted with franchise owner Zach Gustites who hails from New Jersey and owns the rights to expand Crunch in our area. Currently there are South Jersey locations in Delran and Mooresetown.
If you aren’t familiar with Crunch Fitness, they started in the late 80s in New York as a fitness studio, and grew to become a full fitness center. For a short while they were owned by Bally’s, who many will remember had a large gym just an 1/8 a mile up the road where Mission BBQ stands today. Bally’s no longer has any involvement in Crunch.
For the retail center Deptford Mall, this is another awesome signing and continued transformation of the mall after the still recent closing of Sears. In the main Sears mall building, Dick’s Sporting Goods is opening later this year on the lower level, and entertainment arcade/bar/bowling center Round One is set to open soon after! (more on that soon!)
High Value – Low Cost
Crunch is expanding with a “High Value – Low Cost” plan which starts at $9.95 a month, and offers some add-on options. You’ll need to confirm with Crunch when they open their pre-opening mall kiosk, but I am fairly certain Zach said the base price includes day care for one child! Read on for details of their pre-opening free membership contest!
Being a full fitness gym Crunch offers the following summary of features (again check with the Crunch team to confirm all features and prices)
- Tread mills, bikes… all the cardio classics
- Heavy Weights section
- Ride Classes
- Group Classes, including Pole Dance! Look at the Moorestown page... similar classes will be planned
- Hit Zone Hi-intensity workout area
- Locker Rooms and Showers
- Personal Training
- Day care
- Relaxation; Sauna, Steam Room, Hydromassage
- And a lot more! Check the website!
Contest! Three Free One Year Memberships
Sign up for more information at their website, and you become eligible for a prize drawing… THREE winners of one year Memberships!
We’ll have more as construction and transformation of the Auto Center progresses!
A big hat-tip to reader Joe who in the comments of another post here mentioned the gym was coming!
Crunch Fitness Deptford
1784 Deptford Center Road (The ol’ Sears Auto)
Deptford NJ 08096