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K2 Crawley and The Bewbush Centre celebrate a successful reopening

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Leisure centres across Crawley are celebrating a successful reopening period after seeing many new and returning members through the doors.

K2 Crawley and The Bewbush Centre, which are both run by Everyone Active in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, reopened their doors on Saturday 25 July after four months of closure due to the UK wide lockdown. The reopening measures, including one-way systems, enhanced cleaning regimes and structured sessions have been received with great positivity from members.

Numbers through the doors show that members were keen to get active again, with over 16,200 gym visits since the reopening. The team has also seen upwards of 350 new members joining across all venues.  

Attendance in group exercise classes across the centres has also been amongst the highest in the region with over 4,000 visits from members. In addition, since the pools at K2 Crawley reopened on 1 August, 3,650 swimmers have booked in for lane swimming.

For members who wish to continue working out at home, Everyone Active is offering access to its extensive digital fitness package for £9.99 a month. The platform provides a number of home workouts from intense cardio to yoga. Members will also receive access to training plans to help them stay on track until they feel comfortable heading into the centres again.

Jon Hodgson, Contract Manager at Everyone Active, commented:

“The response we’ve received from our members has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re so pleased to see many new and returning members through our doors.

“It’s been a really challenging few months and we’ve worked tirelessly to still keep people active through a host of online workouts, whilst also preparing the centres for reopening. We’re extremely grateful for the local support, however, for those who are not comfortable visiting us just yet, our online packages are perfect for staying fit and healthy in the meantime.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store

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It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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