Planet Fitness opens in Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights’ new Planet Fitness franchise will host its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its location at 5045 51st Court Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. Columbia Heights Mayor Donna Schmitt and other city officials are set to participate.

Giveaways and prizes will be available until 7 p.m. Planet Fitness franchisee Rick Petrone will donate $1,000 to the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities, a nonprofit that helps young people “reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” according to the group’s website.

The new facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The facility will provide free pizza during the grand opening ceremony and on the first Monday of every month. More information about this facility and others can be found at