Things are starting to take shape at the Ocean County Mall, particularly where Sears once was.

The Ocean County Mall just put out a statement saying that LA Fitness will be building a 34,000 square foot gym that will feature cardio areas, studios with group fitness classes, free weights, a swimming pool, and personal training. They are hoping to open by early 2020.

Also coming to the Ocean County Mall is HOMESENSE- A new kind of home store that invites customers to discover aisles of unexpected finds from around the world and an ever-changing selection of famous brands – all with genuine value.

They are looking to open during the second half of 2020

Here is their official statement:

FITNESS CLUB AND HOME RETAILER TO OPEN AT OCEAN COUNTY MALL

 (Toms River, NJ), May 8, 2019 — The redevelopment at Ocean County Mall continues as Simon®, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, today announced that LA Fitness will open a state-of-the-art club and Homesense expects to debut at the Jersey Shore’s retail hub.

LA Fitness continues to increase its presence by focusing on the one lifelong benefit valued by everyone: good health.

LA Fitness will offer a wide range of amenities for people of all ages and fitness levels on the Hooper Ave. side of the mall across from the new dining location BJ’s Brewhouse & Restaurant, which is scheduled to be opening this summer. The 34,000 square foot gym will feature cardio areas, studios with group fitness classes, free weights, a swimming pool, and personal training.  Building construction will begin soon on the new LA Fitness at Ocean County Mall which will open no later than the 1st quarter of 2020.

Founded in Southern California in 1984, LA Fitness continues to be the leading health club operator in value for the membership cost and continues to seek innovative ways to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of its increasingly diverse membership base. Today, LA Fitness’s state-of-the-art clubs span the continent. This strong and successful growth stems from a commitment to understanding and meeting the distinct needs of each community served.

Homesense is a new kind of home store that invites customers to discover aisles of unexpected finds from around the world and an ever-changing selection of famous brands – all with genuine value. Shoppers will find great products in categories such as furniture, lighting, rugs, art, workspace, and décor. Homesense expects to open at Ocean County Mall in the second half of 2020.

 “We are committed to reinvesting in the property including the look and feel of the center and LA Fitness and Homesense will be great additions,” said Tara Melodick, Mall Manager at Ocean County Mall.  The mall will remain opened throughout the redevelopment and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by mid 2020.