The gym will begin a pre-opening registration special beginning today. The first 100 new customers who become members will receive a discounted membership fee and can use the Ashton Place gym free of charge until the new gym opens. Once iFITT24 opens on Capitol Street, members at both gyms can use either facility.
IFITT24 staff will be on-site through the remainder of the week from about 8 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m. That schedule will continue as time permits until the gym opens. Gym membership also includes discounts at local businesses as part of the gym's perks program.
When iFITT24 opens, its presence may mark a turning point for the notorious address.
The now-infamous Impulse nightclub opened in 2007 and closed in February when the club's owner voluntarily surrendered its liquor license after a stabbing occurred inside the bar.
That incident wasn't the first to give Impulse unwanted attention. In 2012, a fight that broke out in the bar spilled onto Capitol Street, grew to involve 20 people and resulted in a large window at Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream begin shattered.
In 2011, another large melee started in the bar and moved outside to Capitol Street. And not even a year after Impulse opened, in 2008, a security guard working at the club was shot in the leg.
Before Impulse, Banana Joe's operated at the spot from 2003 to 2006. That bar was the site of fights, crimes involving guns and a taping of "Girls Gone Wild" that was heavily criticized by city officials.
"It's been a troubled spot forever," Charles said.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who criticized both Impulse and Banana Joe's when those places existed, said the gym was a good change for downtown. After the stabbing incident at Impulse in December 2012, Jones called the nightclub a "crime factory" from the city's perspective.
"(The gym) is a totally different kind of business," he said. "It will create activity and commerce that would be a plus to the area."
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