Gym+Coffee to open first N Ireland Clubhouse
Expansion continues apace for the Republic of Ireland’s Gym+Coffee brand. The athleisure retailer is to open a new Clubhouse store location in Belfast at Victoria Square, marking its debut in Northern Ireland.
Opening its doors on 7 August, the store also marks the company’s tenth Clubhouse to date as the brand has increased its presence with retail spaces in the UK after two openings in London and Manchester in the last year.
The new 2,300 sq ft store features an interactive community wall alongside the brand’s collection of athleisure and activewear. The opening will create 15 jobs.
Co-founder Diarmuid McSweeney said: “A store in Belfast has been long overdue. Much like our other stores, it will be more than a place to buy clothing but a hub for the community to meet, socialise and get active which will be even more in demand after over a year in lockdowns. The future plans for the brand are very much led by our passion to ‘Make Life Richer’ and we’re excited to see that continue to grow globally”.
The brand also said it hopes to double the current number of HQ staff to 50 employees by December. In retail stores, the current 85 team members are expected to reach almost 120 by the end of the year, following the opening of three new Clubhouses.
This will bring the total number of employees from 110 to 170 by the end of 2021, a number that is expected to grow to 250 by the end of 2022, it said.
Meanwhile, the company has also rolled out several benefits for its team members, including the launch of six months’ fully paid maternity leave for all full-time employees including retail store managers. Further new initiatives also include one month fully paid paternity leave for new fathers and a commitment to a hybrid working model which allows staff to work two days a week from home following the end of lockdown.
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