UFC gym takes on Reading Gateway

Ultimate Fighting Championship gym takes on a ten year lease

Global asset manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments has secured planning consent for a major UFC gym in place of the former Toys R Us store at Reading Gateway.

Due to open in the first quarter of 2020, the gym will be operated by UFC Gym UK – an extension of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s largest mixed martial arts company, who have taken a 15-year lease of the space.

Refurbishment of the large 20,773 sq. ft. unit, as well an additional 10,000 sq. ft. at mezzanine level, is soon to start and will create UFC’s third club in the UK and a flagship health and fitness centre for Thames Valley.

Nando’s have also signed a 20-year lease on a unit of 4,009 sq. ft., which is due to open at the retail park on 23 January.

Peter Tomley, deputy fund manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “These two lettings cement the creation of an exciting, major mixed use scheme in Reading. The addition of UFC and Nando’s, alongside the existing occupiers, including Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Burger King, Wren Kitchens, Schmidt Kitchens and Todd Doors, creates a fantastic mix of leisure, F&B and home retailing at the park that will only continue to improve the scheme’s appeal.”

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