Harper Square

Demolition and new construction are taking place at Harper Square in preparation for another new retail business.

A couple of construction projects for new businesses are moving forward at two of Corinth’s busy retail hubs.

The city recently issued a building permit for Planet Fitness, a gym locating at the Fulton Crossing shopping center in the area of Harbor Freight and Ollie’s. The projected opening date is in the first week of November with a pre-sale beginning in mid October, according to partner and franchisee Mike Hamilton.

The gym will occupy 25,684 square feet with a project value of $879,000 for the buildout in a portion of the former Kmart store space.

Planet Fitness has more than 2,000 locations across the U.S. The gym markets itself as a non-intimidating environment where people of any fitness level can feel comfortable and respected. Equipment includes cardio, circuit and weight training for all fitness levels, including first-timers.

The city also recently issued a permit for Five Below at Harper Square. The project value is $375,000 for an 8,727 square foot store space. As previously reported, Five Below offers low-priced items aimed at “tweens, teens and beyond,” with most items priced between $1 and $5. It will be next to the ALDI grocery store.

Five Below currently has 900 stores in 36 states and is aggressively expanding, with 180 new store locations planned in 2020. The retailer had sales of $1.3 billion in 2017 and $1.5 billion in 2018.

The contractors are NNI Construction of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Planet Fitness and National Contractors Inc. of Excelsior, Minn., for Five Below.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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