Auckland is home to some serious gym business â€“ Les Mills’ World of Fitness probably the most notable, now run by Phillip Mills, son of the former mayor and Olympic contestant, coach, trainer & manager, Les Mills.
Now, according to trends newsletter Springwise, there’s a move away from gyms that suit everybody to a range of niches.
US gym for women, Curves, has reached New Zealand, Cuts Fitness for Men is most likely on the way and The Blitz was started in the US in 2002, is franchised in 19 states and is going international. Next up, it seems, will be Cuts Fitness for Women, starting out in South Beach, Florida, and Fitwize4Kids, starting in California.
And tea business
Springwise also suggests the global coffee bar will be followed by a new serving of tearooms, and both will expand to a 2nd room with services such as easy chairs, movies & free email access.
3 starters in the tearoom chain business are Tealuxe from Massachusetts, Cha for Tea from Taiwan (owned by the Ten Ren Tea distribution company), and Tea Concepts, operated by Calcutta-based Premier’s Tea India Co’s Thai distributor.
Trendwatching highlighted being spaces in 2002 â€“ commercial living rooms for people who live in increasingly tight apartments – for reading a book, doing your accounts, meeting friends.