Gym+Coffee continues expansion with new Clubhouse in Belfast

Gym+Coffee continues to look to the future as it plans to double its staff across the company’s HQ and retail stores by the end of 2021.

Ireland’s athleisure brand, Gym+Coffee, has announced plans of continued expansion with a new clubhouse location in Belfast at Victoria Square. Opening its doors on August 7th, the store marks the company’s 10th clubhouse to date and the first in Northern Ireland as the brand increases its presence with retail spaces in the UK after two openings in London and Manchester in the last year.

The 2300-square-foot store features an interactive community wall amongst the brand’s vibrant collection of athleisure and activewear. The opening will create 15 jobs in the area which is part of the huge growth of the young company.

Co-Founder Diarmuid McSweeney said: “A store in Belfast has been long overdue and we’re thrilled that we can accommodate the demand from our customer base to open a clubhouse in the city. Much like our other stores, it will be more than a place to buy clothing but a hub for the community to meet, socialise and get active which will be even more in demand after over a year in lockdowns. The future plans for the brand are very much led by our passion to Make Life Richer and we’re excited to see that continue to grow globally.”

The brand hopes to double the current number of HQ staff to 50 employees by December of this year. In retail stores the current figure of 85 team members is expected to reach almost 120 by the end of the year following the opening of three new clubhouses. This will bring the total number of employees from 110 to 170 by the end of 2021, a number that is expected to grow to 250 by the end of 2022.

Coinciding with announced expansion plans the company has rolled out several leading benefits for its team members. This includes the launch of six months fully paid maternity leave for all full-time employees including retail store managers, an initiative that puts the brand far ahead of the industry standard. This will also be offered in the in the unfortunate circumstance that an employee experiences a miscarriage or stillbirth. Further new initiatives also include one month fully paid paternity leave for new fathers and a commitment to a hybrid working model which allows staff to work two days a week from home following the end of lockdown.

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