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Equinox Gym Coming to Villa Marina Marketplace

The upscale fitness club will open in spring 2012.

Equinox Fitness Club will be coming to the Villa Marina Marketplace after signing a lease for a 30,000-square-foot space at the sprawling entertainment and retail center.

Chicago-based property management and leasing firm Jones Lang LaSalle said in a statement that the addition of Equinox marks a major milestone in the $25 million redevelopment of the 419,000-square-foot Villa Marina Marketplace, which is in Del Rey with a Marina del Rey postal designation.

“As an anchor tenant at Villa Marina Marketplace, an upscale Equinox Fitness Club will serve our high-income consumers in the Marina del Rey trade area,” said JLL senior Vice President William P Huelsman.

New York-based Equinox will offer a retail store, cafe, children's club, a Wi-Fi lounge and a full service spa. The gym is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

"Our goal has always been to meet the needs of the discriminating fitness consumer who demands quality and value. If there was ever a market for Equinox, it’s clearly Marina del Rey,” said John Klein, Equinox Fitness Club's vice president of real estate.

Equinox currently has nine fitness clubs in Southern California and operates gyms in Northern California, New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Connecticut, Florida and Washington, D.C.

The redevelopment of the whole Villa Marina Marketplace is scheduled to begin this fall with an expected completion in summer 2012. The remodeled center's design will combine a sense of the beach with upscale stores and restaurants, including Gelson's, Sports Chalet and Barnes & Noble.

Jones Lang LaSalle manages the largest third-party retail portfolio in the country, including more than 300 malls, strip centers and mixed-use centers. The international firm has a retail portfolio of 269 million square feet of property under management and leasing worldwide.

Jones Lang LaSalle reported net income of $1.5 million in its first quarter 2011 earnings report, compared with net income of $200,000 for the first quarter of 2010. Revenue for the first quarter of this year was reported at $688 million, an increase of 18 percent compared with the first quarter of 2010.

john printy June 08, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Yeh I do agree that parking there needs to be inproved, but IM not sure what you mean by inproving it, I mean yeh the spaces are kinda tight to get into, especialy if you have a big Car, and I dont think that you can add another parking Garage there, because there is no room, and yes I hope too that Antica pizza there dose stick around, and I do wanna ask is SOUPLANTATION still going to have a home in the new complex is my big big Question please let me know, thankyou.....
Raul June 08, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Nice to know the "high income consumers" will have a place to consume...
apmarina June 13, 2011 at 08:22 PM
I asked the Souplantation manager and they are closing this Wed the 15th, with no plans to re-open in the marina. They're sending promo ads to folks in the marina for their location at the Howard Hughes center, but its got very difficult and stupid parking, so I don't know if I'd go there. I don't understand, with all the new residents in the neighborhood (and 250 more coming right across the street) why the property owner can't/won't find some place to put a Souplantation, perhaps upstairs where Tower Records used to be. It is a real shame, I've been a regular customer since the day they opened.
john printy June 13, 2011 at 09:40 PM
I agree on that, why dont they just open up the gym some where else, like what about where the movie threater is on the other side, and I say leave the souplantation where it is, Its fine where it is I think that is a good spot for it, so I would say, or what i might suggest is the developers, and the designers, need to go back to the drawing broads, and find some place else in that complex to put the Gym, and please please please leave the Souplantation where it is, I mean yes that place dose need a bit of a face lift I agree, but com'on lets not go overbroad here folks again SOUPLANTATION is just fine where it is period, its a good spot for it, because you can see it from Lincoln blvd, and again its a good spot for it period....
john printy June 14, 2011 at 12:29 AM
MY thought is why not then put the souplantation over in the new development they're building across from there, because I read too that someone thought why not put it in where Tower records use to take up residence, to me that would be kind of too small for that size of a resturant such as Souplantation, but again my thought is too why not just keep it where it is now, because as I said again, the developers of this new place need to go back seriously to the drawing broads, and re, think there plans, why I Mean why displace a good resturant that gets good bussiness, and serves good food, so again I think that these developers need to go back to there drawing broads, and again re, think there plans, because I think there going overbroad with all this, and having to displace such a good place to EAT??
melissa June 25, 2011 at 03:59 PM
John Printy is clearly obsessed with Souplantation. As a member of the LA Fitness in this location, I have always felt like they needed to relocate that Souplantation, because it smells DISGUSTING. I understand people liking the soup there, but when you're working out, and the first thing you can SMELL when you exit the gym is the weird smells of these restaurants right next to the gym...well, its disgusting. The fact of the matter is, is to replace the current LA Fitness with an upscale gym like Equinox, not only do they need to completely re-do the space LA Fitness occupied, but they need MORE space to make sure the facility meets their higher standards. I really can't believe people on here are fixating on the fact that Souplantation is moving. Seriously?? That is what people consider to be a good meal?? Grab a can of soup at the grocery store.
apmarina June 25, 2011 at 05:39 PM
@Melissa - FYI, the Souplantation was there first. When the building first opened, the space where LA Fitness is was designed as a food court with a "Steak & Fry" the first tenant. I'm not sure why you don't enjoy the smell of fresh produce, soups and breads, but its certainly quite a few steps above a can of soup. I understand progress, but it would be nice to see them re-locate nearby, as I suggested, across the street above DSW. And yes, a lot of people consider fresh vegetables and soups to be a good meal. As a fitness person, I'm surprised you don't agree. Not to mention a reasonable price in these austere days.
Leslie June 25, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I heard trader joes is coming. True?
john printy June 25, 2011 at 07:17 PM
ILL half to disagree with you on that, I think it was a good plan from the start to have a resturant like that next to LA, Fittness, I mean who would not want, a Souplantation next to a GYM, I mean you could go to the GYM first, and work up an appitite, and go strait from there to souplantation, because when I use to go to that souplantation, I a,sure you that I use to see alot of people come in that just came from that GYM, and you could tell, they worked up an appitite when you would see them coming into souplantation, and its not that IM clearly OBsessed with the souplantation itself, its just that I was shocked, and surprised to read on the marina del rey patch that a new GYM was coming to the villa marina market place, and I didnt think it was going to be going into where souplantation, is, so personaly I think souplantation needs to stay where it is, and the new GYM be put in another location, in that building, what about where the movie threater is on the other side of the building??
apmarina June 26, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Actually, as I said, the plan from the start was a food court - LA Fitness was an afterthought, and I thoughts a good one. I used to work out there and go to the Souplantation myself. I always wondered how Ruby's Diner could exist selling burgers & fries on the other side of the gym, with the Souplantation there.
Marcos Cline July 06, 2011 at 06:26 PM
The demographic is changing my esteemed co-commentators! That part of the Marina is a younger more affluent place than it was 5 years ago and replacing a mediocre restaurant with a high-end gym is a reflection of said reality. I concur with those who suggested that a FINE soup and salad (without the high calorie desserts) can be had at Gelsons. For those who aren't counting (myself included) Antica is still open as of 7/6/11, serving their SUPERB Lasagna Bolognese. Whether it will continue to be there upon the conclusion of the Villa Marina Marketplace face-lift I have yet to find out, but I can tell you this: Change is inevitable so we either embrace it or we live a bitter life commenting on websites and ignoring their automatic spell checks. One last suggestion . . .JOIN THE GYM or go bike along the bike path! You'll feel better.
john printy July 06, 2011 at 11:12 PM
This still dose not make any sense to me what so ever, I understand, that this place dose need some rentovation yes I agree with that, But why not, Put the new GYM, in where the LA, fittness sitts now, and keep the souplantation where it is, then why not fix up the souplantation instead of taking it out of there, and replacing it with a GYM that dose now make any sense at all, taking souplantation, out of there would be like throwing the baby out with the Bath water, in a sense, and personaly I think that is a good spot for souplantation, it has a good view, of Maxcella, and Lincolin blvd, so really I think that they need to find another spot in that complex to put the new GYM...
Bruce Riordan July 17, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Soup Plantation's loss will be felt, but the LA Fitness was in disrepair and won't be missed. On balance, a new Equinox Fitness Club should be a real plus for Marina and Playa residents and it may also give the Marina Marketplace a much needed shot in the arm. That would be good for Antica Pizzeria, Gelson's and the Cinema. A rising tide lifts all boats.
john printy July 19, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Yes I do agree with you on that IM sure it will be a loss for the marina market place now that souplantation is no longer there now, because I use to go to that souplantation, alot, and I think that was a good spot for it too, next to LA fitness, so I just cant understand for the life of me, why dosent souplantation find another spot, in the Marina market place, to put, It, IM sure there are other places there to relocate the place, instead of taking it out of there all together....?
apmarina July 22, 2011 at 09:00 AM
@Marcos Cline - yes, the salad & soup at Gelson's is fine, and at least twice the price and half the choices of the Souplantation. Not everyone in the Marina is on an unlimited budget, there are plenty of families and LMU students who appreciate fresh at a reasonable price. All I'm suggesting is that they move it across the street.
john printy July 22, 2011 at 08:47 PM
I say yeh why not relocate it across the street it would be a good place for it, why not put it where the Tower records use to take up residence, or better yet tear down the old tower records building, and build the new souplantation in that spot, I think thats a very good Idea, because I think that would make a very good spot for it too....so yeh why not......?
AM July 24, 2011 at 04:06 PM
This is great news! Can't stand L.A. Fitness and have been counting down the days that provided an alternate choice in gyms. Great space for it, too.
Bruce Riordan July 24, 2011 at 05:46 PM
For fitness, I have to agree with AM - Equinox will be a major upgrade from an LA Fitness branch that was really a disgrace. But I will also miss Soup Plantation and Pizzeria Antica and I hope MDR will be geting some reasonably priced replacements.
john printy July 24, 2011 at 10:19 PM
what are you sayin souplantation was a some what of a reasonbley priced place to go, and Enjoy, a nice Meal with the family, when i use to go to that souplantation in that area, trust me I saw many familys come in there to EAT, so why replace, something that is already, reasonble in price, and not to mention, you get a different aray of salads, and soups, and desserts, I think taking souplantation out of the villa marina market place would be like throwing the Baby out with the Bath water, It just makes no sense taking out a good resturant, that familys enjoy going to, , and no plans to open another one there makes no sense to me at all,??
Dana G July 28, 2011 at 01:59 AM
John, you keep saying that you went to Souplanatation a lot. If you did go a lot, how did you not know that they were closing on June 15. There were signs up for at least a month and a half. I loved Souplantation, but the Marina does need a nice gym. I am a member of LA Fitness and I like it, but Equinox is needed. A nice area like MDR needs a nice gym. So while I am sad to see Souplantation go, I am glad that a high end gym is on it's way. Souplantation in Howard Hughes is not that far away.
john printy July 28, 2011 at 04:11 AM
NO this was when I use to live on the westside of LA, is what I meant, I use to go to that souplantation alot, way before this new GYM was even thought of, but now I no longer live in LA, now IM now a resident of Mission viejo now, so I now go to the souplantation in foothill ranch which is in OC, and half an hour away from where IM living now, so thats all what I meant was that I use to go to that souplantation when I was a resident of LA, which I am no longer, IM a resident now of OC, so IM very sorry for the confusion, and yes your right its going to be sad to not have souplantation there, but hey who knows the Gym might be a good replacement, and again who know they might deside to open another souplantation across the street from there who knows we'll see........
Anne Alvarez August 09, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Love it!!! Can't wait for the re-development to be completed. Souplantation was an eyesore, and pizza Antiqua had seen better days...Can't wait to see the finished project, I can walk there. My new gym, YAY!!!!!
john printy August 10, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Yeh IM sure you cant wait for the new redevelopment, but how can you say that Souplantation there in the villa marina market was an eyesore, I didnt think it was, because ILL surely you have know that when I use to live in LA, I use to go to that souplantation there, and I didnt think that it was an eyesore, at all, and yes I mean that pizza place there next to it was seeing better days of course, but com'on souplantation, I guess its obvious that you didnt eat there very much, so what makes you say that souplantation there was an eyesore, just give me some kind of reason that makes you think that it was an eyesore, and yes IM glad too that the villa marina market place is getting a facelift, in that including a new GYM, IM glad that you are exsited about that, but again give me some sort of reason why souplantation was an eyesore,??
Gigi August 29, 2011 at 08:45 PM
This area is way past due for renovation. More upscale stores and restaurants are greatly needed. This area gas been an eye sore for far too long. I'm thrilled to see equinox coming to this location. I'm currently a member of Sports club la and have been interested in switching over to Equinox. I will most certainly become a member at equinox as it's so close to my residence in Playa Vista. Finally the type of club that I prefer in my neighborhood! Thank you. Gigi
siren August 31, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Yay, its about time. Soup plant is disgusting. They need to throw out nasty gelsons as well and put in a whole foods! Hello people, organic food and gym!
TC September 05, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Hi John, the Souplantation moved to the Howard Hughes Center. They opened in December 2010. I'm not sure where Antica Pizza is going to relocate.
apmarina September 05, 2011 at 11:04 PM
I wouldn't count on a Whole Foods coming in any time soon, not with one up at Rose Ave and another down in El Segundo, but there's been talk of a Trader Joe's which would be nice (not necessarily here, but somewhere in the marina). I can't take anyone seriously though, who thinks Gelson's is "nasty". Way too expensive yes, but nasty, no.
Tonya September 15, 2011 at 08:05 PM
This is wonderful, I am an Equinox member and can't wait! I'm hoping that the parking is not a nightmare, because the structure and the spaces are not well designed. Maybe an attendant during the opening might be helpful, or maybe there will be ample parking offered across the street. In any event, I can't wait! Hope this location will have upgraded, state of the art machines too!
David Nelson September 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM
I used to work at Koo Koo Roos back in 2001 and at Vons in 2002 when I was in high school and starting college. The Villa Marina Marketplace holds a special place in my heart to this day. I used to do my homework at Barnes and Noble, eat at Souplantation. I think an upgrade for the shopping center would be great because with Fox Hills, the Santa Monica malls getting upgraded and also with The Bridge even getting remodeled, its time for the Marina to rise again. But I hope the developers dont forget about the middle class people like me who love the marina.
joanna epstein June 18, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I hope to see souplantation re-opening soon. I hope that there will be a reduced rate for seniors who are on social security but trying to stay healthy!

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