LA Boxing to throw some punches in Acadian-Perkins Plaza
By Steve Sanoski
Published Aug 7, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated Aug 7, 2012)
Since opening his first LA Boxing franchise at South Sherwood Forest and Coursey boulevards in late 2009, Gabe Miller has heard from many members who live on “the other side of town” and wish the gym had a location closer to their homes.
“As the crow flies it’s only about five miles from the Southdowns and Garden District neighborhoods, but it feels like the other side of town to people who live there,” Miller says. “We had a lot of members who wanted to continue, but they were just tired of fighting traffic and were finding it hard to make classes.”
Miller hopes he’ll get some of those former members to rejoin when he opens his second LA Boxing franchise in the Acadian-Perkins Plaza next month, next to Juban’s restaurant. The new location will encompass about 7,500 square feet, which is only about 1,500 square feet smaller than Miller’s original Baton Rouge franchise. The amenities and training classes offered at the new location will also be similar to those of the original.
It will be located in a space made available earlier this year by Tuesday Morning, which it swapped locations in the plaza with Parish Hardware and Lumber on Perkins Road; the hardware store downsized its space in the center.
“We started looking for a location in that area about two years ago, but it was really hard to find one that fit everything we were looking for,” Miller says, adding that the ample parking at the shopping center and high visibility, among other things, made it the right fit. Miller plans to have the gym open by Sept. 15, with a grand opening to follow in early October.
Across the country, there are about 75 LA Boxing franchises. Along with the two Miller now has in Baton Rouge, another franchisee has announced plans to open five of the gyms throughout the New Orleans area over the next 18 months. Miller says he has about 750 members currently, and hopes the addition of a second location will boost that figure to around 1,000.