Fitness First USA, a division of parent company A&Z Pharmaceutical, Inc. is opening a flagship retail and e-commerce facility in Mount Pleasant.
The company established Fitness First USA 20 years ago in Portsmouth, N.H., and is relocating it to Charleston County and expanding its operation with the facility at 547 Longpoint Road, Suite 102.
The company’s initial first year investment is $600,000 and the creation of 10 new jobs. Additional local growth and investment is anticipated. The company considered expanding in New York City before settling on Mount Pleasant.
Fitness First USA is a health and wellness center with a retail store offering vitamins, supplements, fitness products, digestion aids and “superfoods,” holistic products, personal care items, children’s products, healthy food, snacks and drinks, accessories, and apparel. It also includes an education center that will offer yoga classes, personal training and wellness seminars (focused on a range of topics from nutrition to meditation), and a tasting bar with smoothies and juices using supplements sold in store.
Fitness First is the second company to locate here as part of South Carolina Department of Commerce and Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s Landing Pad program, which is designed to help established companies enter the Charleston market for the first time. It simplifies what could be an overwhelming experience, minimizing risks and guiding them through the process.