The very well established West-End Gym, at one time known as Vic Tanny's, is moving from its location in the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre and setting up shop on February 5 at the Cavendish Club. So where does that leave Multi Club Cavendish, the gym presently in that spot? Only a few weeks ago they announced that their operation was moving into the former Bureau en Gros at Quartier Cavendish. However, a letter sent out to its members places that very much in doubt.
"MCC is doing everything in its power to finalize plans to move into a suitable location for its members," the letter states. "However, MCC's priority is to ensure members uninterrupted service. MCC has no other alternative but to inform you that it must cancel your present membership agreement effective upon reception of this notice. Be assured that MCC will use its best efforts to relocate the gym to a new location and will inform you of its new location as soon as possible."
This does not sound promising for MCC members. But it is great news for the West-End Gym. I dropped by there today and met with co-owner and manager Dennis Ambalapady. He has been at this gym for 25 years and is one of the reasons why members know they can put their trust in this operation. "It is a great opportunity for us," he said. "We are moving into an excellent facility and we fully expect our membership to increase."
According to management analysis, Ambalapady says that demand for the new club location will exceed its capacity. "Although the club is 30,000 square, we plan to limit the number of members to only 2,000," a letter from the West-End Gym states. "If the demand exceeds 2,000, priority will be given to existing West-end gym members."
Ambalapady reasons that Cavendish Club is a mere four minute drive from the CSL Shopping Centre. "The new club will be one of the finest facilities in the city and far superior to our existing premises," the West-End Gym letter says.
While fees at the new location will be increased, existing members are being offered to transfer at no charge.
Ownership will be be investing heavily in new equipment. As for the Cavendish Club facility, Ambalapady says it offers the following options:
Parking - There are currently eight outdoor tennis courts all zoned for parking by the city. Four of these courts will be used to park between 80 and 100 cars. There is also parking lot for 30 cars at the entrance.
The Four Remaining Courts (upon obtaining proper permit) - They will be used as a multi-sport surface, possibly for tennis,soccer,volleyball,badminton and jogging.
Swimming Pool - There is a 50 foot indoor pool which will be available for different activities (aquafitness classes, mom & tot class, free swim etc..)
Spa - There is currently a Spa with massage tables for which owners are looking for an operator.
Restaurant/ Lounge - There is a large restaurant/lounge area of 2,800 sq/ft with patio doors leading to an outdoor terrace and also to the pool. The restaurant will be serving a healthy menu consisting of a variety of salads,wraps,shakes etc.. The restaurant would also be available for rental for private parties.
Locker Rooms - There are two large locker rooms with ample shower stalls and toilets and two large saunas in immaculate condition. There is also a lounge area in the locker rooms.
Three Squash Courts - Additional fees will apply.
Women’s Only Workout Room - It comes in fully equipped with a 20 foot ceiling.
Aerobic Floor - The aerobic floor has a 20 foot ceiling and natural light. Although the current size is smaller than the existing one at the West-End Gym, it will be doubled in width by removing a wall.
Main Gym - This has a large floor to ceiling windows running along two opposite walls and it is very bright and spacious, equipped with state of the art Hoist equipment.
Spinning classes, Shotokan karate, Kudoki/kung-Fu, Sambo, Aquafit classes and Cross-fit will continue to be offered by outside providers. You do not need to be a member to enrol. The gym can be reached at 514-489-6879.
So what happens to the old Bureau en Gros? The Quartier has that huge empty spota as well as the old Yeh! Yogourt spot. I would like to see a deli established there. We have not had a replacement for the legendary Delly Boys, which closed a few months ago. I am also hearing talk about Winners setting up shop at the old Bureau en Gros. We will wait and see.