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Jonesborough to get gym, possibly tractor supply store

Vacant buildings in the shopping center at the town’s main intersection appear to be getting new tenants.
The White’s Food shopping center on Boones Creek Road will soon be home to a fitness center, and likely a tractor supply store.
Snap Fitness 24-7 will open its doors in late February or early March, according to franchise owner Clarence McMurray, who says he is excited to get the business “up and running” in Jonesborough.
This will be the second Snap Fitness center for McMurray, who opened his first in Boones Creek almost three years ago.
The 4,500-square-foot fitness center will be located at the south end of the White’s Food shopping center at 413 Boones Creek Road, in space formerly occupied by Becca’s Consignment Shop.
Rumors are also rampant that Tractor Supply Co. will be opening soon at the other end of the center, in the space formerly occupied by White’s grocery store.
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe confirmed the company has submitted plans to the building inspector’s office, but said he doesn’t expect to see “anything happen with them” until later in the year.
“Our real estate department has not authorized the release of any information concerning a possible new store opening in Jonesborough at this time,” Rob Hoskins, media spokesperson for Tractor Supply Co. said in an emailed response to the Herald & Tribune’s inquiry. “Oftentimes, there is a slight delay in the release of this information due to the finalization of a lease, and that could possibly be the case in this instance.
“What we can say at this point is that, as a growth-minded company, Tractor Supply Co. is always looking for potential new store locations that are a good fit as far as the target market is concerned,” Hoskins added. “Concerning a potential location in Jonesborough, this is especially true in that the area is attractive due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area.”
Tractor Supply Co., based in Brentwood, was founded in 1938 as a mail order tractor parts business. The company has grown and now owns and operates more than 1,054 stores in 44 states in rural communities and in the outlying areas of large cities.
Snap Fitness 24-7 is based in Chanhassen, Minn. The company is said to be the fast-growing franchisor of compact, state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness centers worldwide.
The Snap Fitness business model is designed to provide members a fast, convenient and affordable alternative to oversized, overpriced and overcrowded health clubs.
The facility will feature access 24 hours a day, cardio and strength-training equipment, special classes and other fitness services.
The center will offer month-to-month memberships, the ability to freeze memberships for up to three months annually and freedom to use any Snap Fitness club in North America.
In 2009, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Snap Fitness No. 1 “Best in Category” for fitness franchises.