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Gravity trampoline parks bounces into Maidstone

Published:  07 December, 2015

Former nightclub becomes first South East venue for Gravity Fitness

The Yorkshire-based firm has agreed a new 10-year lease for the 25,000-sq building at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre, which was previously occupied by Wonderland. Following a successful planning application to Kent County Council this summer, the operator has transformed the property into more than 18,000 sq ft of trampolines, party rooms and a cafe.

Gravity opened its first indoor trampoline park at Xscape in Castleford, Yorkshire earlier this year. It has instructed Savills to secure additional spaces of 20,000 sq ft or more in high footfall locations such as shopping centres, high streets and retail or leisure parks around the UK.

Harvey Jenkinson of Gravity Fitness said: “We were extremely happy with our opening weekend in Maidstone and believe Gravity to be a great addition to the town’s leisure offer. Other operators at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre saw a 35% increase in footfall over the weekend and we hope to extend that to 100% or more before long. We have already seen customers travelling from all across the county to bounce with us and are very excited to be opening our third venue at Riverside in Norwich next March.”

Steve Henderson, retail director at Savills, added: “Trampoline parks are adding a new and exciting dimension to the UK leisure scene after becoming hugely popular in the US. The first Gravity venture has gone down a storm in Yorkshire and we are pleased to be supporting its expansion into the South East and beyond.”