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'Edgy and Urban' Fitness Center Coming to Town

Crunch Fitness will take over the former Office Depot location on Barnum Avenue in Stratford.

Eight months after the town's zoning commission at the former Office Depot location on Barnum Avenue, it looks like a fitness center will be moving in to the space next to .

Signs reading "Coming Soon Crunch Fitness" are in full view for passersby.

When we asked residents in December 2011 what they'd like to see move in to the space, there were including a Trader Joe's, a book store and even an indoor skate park. But no one suggested a gym or fitness center.

We posted on the Stratford Patch Facebook page the news that Crunch was setting up shop in Stratford, and here's what some readers had to say:

  • Allie Pazar: "This is the best news ever so excited that Crunch is coming to Stratford."
  • Jim McGuire: "With Curves, Blast (former Ballys), and Fitness Edge all nearby could be over saturation."
  • Chris Lemos: "What Jim said. Heck, one of those 3 is already in the same building."

Crunch, founded in New York City in 1989, has one location in Connecticut, Norwalk. The company brands itself on its website "as an innovative fitness center with edgy and urban appeal," which offers such classes as Cardio Striptease, Broadway Dance, Pole Dancing and Stiletto Strength.

What's your take on Crunch Fitness coming to town? "The best news ever," "over saturation" of fitness centers or something else? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[Note: Special projects coordinator Karen Kaiser could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.]

Patricia Pell October 08, 2012 at 01:21 PM
No they don't but women who debase themselves by looking and acting like hookers or exotic dancers make me angry. I am embarrassed for them since they don't have enough sense to be embarrassed for themselves. Why? Are you ugly?
CTGirl1974 October 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I am so happy to hear that another gym is coming to Stratford. I hated Bally's and Fitness Edge is just too crowded. I think the pole dancing class sounds like a lot of fun.
YOLO October 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
seriously?? you understand that it is all a style of fitness, if you dont have the body to do a poll dancing then just hush up and dont do it, there is no need to degrade the class and the level of fitness it takes.................NOW on the other hand you can tryout the class and boom who knows you might end up looking good!
shay November 16, 2012 at 01:30 AM
i love the idea of pole dancing. if you have a problem, don't do it. there's nothing wrong with creating a little interest in a workout routine. besides, don't you wear heels? stiletto strength classes are fun!
YOLO November 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Just ran a 5k and crunch fitness was there they showed so much support to all of us can't wait for the gym!

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