By JACK WEATHERLY
The former Kroger store at 2000 E. County Line Road in Ridgeland, vacant for nearly four years, will soon have new occupants.
Sky Zone, a trampoline-based franchise, and Crunch Fitness, a gym, will divide the space.
Dean & Dean Architects of Jackson is doing the basic design work and construction.
Jason Vanhaelen, project manager, said Dean & Dean’s work should be done by Sept. 1, and the two franchises would build out the space from there.
Gavilan LLC, based in Ridgeland, bought the property, according to building permit issued by the city of Ridgeland, which provided a copy of the document to the Mississippi Business Journal, whch filed an Open Records request with the city on Tuesday and received the form by email Wednesday afternoon.
The application shows that the cost of basic construction is $507,250.
Sky Zone is a Los Angeles-based chain of trampoline parks that has grown a franchised business with 176 parks in six countries, according to Forbes magazine. Twenty-five million people will visit this year, generating more than $300 million in sales. Last year, Sky Zone corporate’s revenues were $50 million, with a 20 percent profit margin, Forbes said.
Fitness Crunch had more than 500,000 members with more than 115 gyms worldwide, including 92 franchise locations in 12 states, Puerto Rico and Australia, according to a 2015 news report.