PENDLETON - The Tri-cities-based Club 24 will open its sixth facility on July 1 in the building that formerly housed Hua's Mongolian Grill in Melanie Square.

Workers are busy gutting the former restaurant facilities to make room for a modern fitness center. Club 24 General Manager Chrisy McCary said the workers are moving quickly. The goal is to have the new club open on July 1.

"We're really excited to come in there," she said.

McCary said Club 24 does a lot of market research and determined Pendleton was a good place to come.

The new workout digs at 1720 S.W. Court Ave. join in the minor business boom that's happening near that corner of Melanie Square. A CitiFinancial branch is moving into the recently remodeled front retail space at 1729 S.W. Court Ave., and work is underway to create a new restaurant in the former King China Buffet at 210 S.W. 17th St.

The EO hasn't been able to reach the owner of the building CitiFinancial will move into or the owners of the incoming restaurant.

McCary explained Club 24 prefers to place their facilities in neighborhoods and convenient locations and has rates that are competitive with other gyms. Club 24 also has a facility in Hermiston and McCary said there are plans to expand it.

Club 24s have no set hours of operation. Instead, they operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year. McCary said members can go when they want, as often as they want.

Upon joining, members are given a proximity card that's assigned a specific number. Members swipe the card through a security door lock to access the gym and the number is recorded in a computer system.

The Pendleton facility will be set up along the same lines of Club 24s' other newest gyms, with sections devoted to specific kinds of equipment, such as cardio and aerobic workout equipment in one place, workout machines in another, free weights in a third and so on.

McCary said the club will have something to fit everyone's needs.

"We just want to be there and help the community and offer a service we feel is important," she said.

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