POST FALLS – This fitness franchise has not yet peaked.
To meet the needs of a growing population, the PEAK Health & Wellness Center will add a fourth facility.
The new location will be on Highway 41 on Prairie Avenue in Post Falls, in the Prairie Crossing Shopping Center, which is currently under development.
“It will be one of the best spots in Post Falls,” said Gary Retter, managing partner of PEAK. “It’s perfect for us.”
Construction will start in autumn this year, and the expected opening date is autumn 2022.
PEAK also has locations in Coeur d’Alene and Hayden as well as another location in Post Falls.
The area’s rapid growth was a factor in the location and design of the new fitness center, Retter said.
Membership in the existing facility at Post Falls – at 927 W. Polston Ave. – has outgrown the room.
“Our class sizes aren’t big enough,” he said. “Our weight room isn’t big enough.”
To that end, he expects the new 50,000-square-foot fitness center to cope with years of population growth.
“We come at the right time,” he said.
The new location will have the largest number of dedicated indoor pickleball courts in the country, Retter said, with eight inside and four outside.
That’s how many dishes it takes to keep up with demand.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States, according to the Sport and Fitness Industry Association, with participation increasing about 21% over the past year.
In 2019, participation in sports grew by 7%.
“You can learn to play in an hour,” said Retter.
Retter, a former professional racquetball player, said Pickleball appeals to older adults who are no longer able to participate in the higher performing sports they have enjoyed in the past and younger people alike.
“We have people who are 80 and 15 and are playing,” he said. “It’s a game for everyone.”
The facility will also feature the largest selection of strength and cardio equipment in the region, Retter said, as well as group gyms, upscale locker rooms, dry saunas and steam rooms, and childcare.
Although it has grown over the decades, PEAK remains a locally run company with a close-knit team, said Retter.
“We are so happy that we have served the fellowship for 40 years,” he said. “That’s the next step.”