A Greenville store that caters to walkers and runners is on the move with plans to offer a new spin on cardio and community opportunities to customers.
Fleet Feet, a store that carries shoes and apparel for fitness-oriented customers, is relocating around the corner from its location at Greenville Square to the former site of Gordon’s Golf Ski and Snowboards at 207 E. Arlington Blvd. Owner Chris Loignon said that the move gives the store more space to operate.
“We are definitely outgrowing our current space,” Loignon said. “We have customers coming in talking about how tight our store is at the moment. Especially with us being more aware of people’s personal space with COVID, we realized we needed a bigger space. That is a reason we pushed so hard to get over there.”
The new space also will offer a cycling studio. Loignon believes it will be the first of its kind in Greenville.
“From a well-rounded position we wanted to offer something that was more low-impact but still cardio-focused,” Loignon said. “A lot of runners supplement with an activity or even triathletes use the activity to train with.
“There have been cycling classes in other fitness entities but this is going to be pure cycle studio,” Loignon said. “It is going to be called Cycleologie.”
Hopes are that the space will serve as a “third place,” according to Loignon. Its location on popular walking and running routes should help that goal.
“In addition to the studio we are going to have a common area that will feature a bar with beverages like coffee. Not food, but you come in at 5:30, get your cycle on and grab a cup of coffee,” he said. “You come in before your run, you grab a cup of coffee since we are conveniently located by the greenway.
“In the evening we host pub runs twice a week at breweries in town, so ideally you will be able to go for a run and then grab a cold beverage after,” Loignon said. “The point is a community concept so people kind of hang out.
“There was a concept of the third place for awhile where everyone always hangs out at work and at home,” he said. “The third place is a place where you can hang out with like-minded people and for us that is people who love running, walking and fitness.”
An opening date is projected for April. The current space will remain open until that time.