WESTCHASE — Two years ago, Anytime Fitness franchise owner David Galloway had his sights set on the Avenues at Westchase.
But the high rent and the lack of space forced him to look elsewhere for a place to open his business.
Now, Galloway is back in Westchase, where he wanted to be all along.
"We did a lot of research," Galloway said. "We did the demographics. There's about 10,000 residents in a 1-mile radius.
"And we (wanted) to put our gym in the middle of our competition, Snap Fitness, the YMCA and Lifestyle," he added.
Originally based in Citrus Park in August 2007, the health club outgrew its facilities in little more than a year and a half. It currently occupies a smaller space inside the Avenues shopping center until the club moves into its permanent facility at 9602 W Linebaugh Ave. on Wednesday.
"We started about 60 members and grew to over 600," Galloway said of the Citrus Park location. "In our presale here, we added another 300."
Galloway said the economy has been good for him. It opened up room for him at the Avenues and helped him to negotiate a good deal on rent. Meanwhile, people are not likely to give up their health club memberships even in a recession, he said.
"Even with the economy being what it is, there are some businesses that are still doing well," he said. The health club industry "is not recession-proof, but it kind of is because people need to take care of their health."
As its moniker suggests, the club is open 24 hours a day. Call (813) 792-2900 for more information.
Sports bar finds new, larger home
Diners looking to get some Buffalo-style cuisine have a new and bigger place to go in Carrollwood.
The Original Honey's Family Sports Bar relocated on June 19 to 1115 N Dale Mabry Highway, next to the International House of Pancakes. Honey's owner, Kim Pacifico, said the new location allows her to do some things she couldn't at the previous location, 14360 N Dale Mabry Highway, such as have a full liquor bar and an outdoor patio.
"We only had beer and wine and no patio," Pacifico said of the old location. "We found it really restricted the clientele."
The new locale has an additional 1,000 square feet and 70 indoor tables, Pacifico said.
Honey's specializes in a number of Upstate and Western New York favorites, including pizza and chicken wings. But the most popular item is the Beef on Weck, she said.
"It's the No. 1 seller on the menu," Pacifico said. "It's a Western New York sandwich. It has caraway seed and rock salt on the top of the roll and is served with horseradish sauce."
Honey's is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Call (813) 264-1616 for more information.
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