Dormant for a decade, one of Southwest Florida’s biggest brands of fitness is coming back to Fort Myers. The Omni will be returning, about 10 years after owner Bill Davey and his business partner sold the last of their five facilities.
Over the next few months, renovations are being made to about 12,000 square feet of space at Royal Palm Square, between Colonial Boulevard and Royal Palm Square Boulevard. The fitness center will be more upscale than the previous incarnations, which had more than 6,000 members and five locations, four in Georgia and one in Fort Myers, Davey said.
A former piano store has been gutted and is set to be renovated into part of the new fitness center, which should open by the fall of this year, Davey said. The Omni will be an integral part of a new, multifamily community being planned for Royal Palm Square, the details of that are forthcoming, but both The Omni and the adjacent Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre will remain in place while the surrounding structures will be demolished beginning in the summer of 2024. The Omni also will have about 12,000 square feet of outdoor space to use for fitness training, Davey said.
Over the past few years, Davey has been working with TechnoGym, a brand of fitness equipment. That brand will figure prominently into the rebooted Omni.
“We’re just basically taking what we had before, and we’re making it better,” said Davey, a former professional bodybuilder and a longtime personal trainer. “When I opened up The Omni back in 2004, we ended up having over 6,000 members. All those members had kids. At the time, my wife and I didn’t have any children. We really weren’t thinking about athletic training for kids. So, this concept is going to be more family based.”
The new Omni will be limited to 1,000 family memberships, with monthly fees starting at $199. An initiation fee of $1,000 is required. More information is available at TheOmni.com.