LA Fitness has signed a long-term lease to build a 45,000-square-foot facility in the Old Town Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Lovers and Greenville, between Panda Express and Tom Thumb.

LA Fitness has begun razing the existing building on behalf of the landlord, preparing the site for construction of a new prototype club, according to a media release.

The club is expected to open around the end of the year.

The club takes the place of both the former Borders bookstore, which closed in August 2011, and Wheels in Motion, the former bike shop in the corner.

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