Anytime Fitness going into new Ferndale retail center

Anytime Fitness is getting ready to open in a part of town that will be home to a new retail center.

Franchisee owners Mike and Leslie Hoefer recently signed a lease to occupy 5,000 square feet of the first building of Ferndale Crossings at 5891 Portal Way, near Cruisin Coffee. The 24-hour fitness center is expected to be ready in early January 2015, according to a company news release.

Leslie Hoefer said in a phone interview that they felt Ferndale needed a 24-hour fitness center, given the number of shift workers at area refineries. The Hoefers also operate Anytime Fitness in Hinotes Corner at 6918 Hannegan Road.

“We are excited to be bringing Anytime Fitness to Ferndale,” she said. “We make it easy for our members to exercise whenever and however they like.”

Anytime Fitness gyms are staffed about eight hours a day, but members can access the fitness center at all hours through a computerized entry system. Anytime Fitness has a variety of exercise equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes and free weights. Group fitness classes also are available.

Membership information for those these two locations is available by calling 360-393-3779 or emailing

Anytime Fitness will be occupying a little more than half of a new 9,000-square-foot building. Developer Marc Walker has plans for three retail buildings and one restaurant structure totaling 27,960 square feet. The other buildings will be built based on demand, which Walker expects to be retail focused but could include commercial uses. It should be completely developed in the next couple of years, he said.

This is the first private project that’s gone through Ferndale’s EAGLE construction design program, which includes a focus on energy efficiency and low environmental impact. Walker said he’s also working with local contractors and materials.

For details on the Ferndale Crossings project, contact listing agent Neal Swanson at