The First Baptist Church building at 301 South Grand Ave. in Springfield will soon be home to CrossFit Instinct, and owners Tim and Molly Hahn say they hope to share the space with other compatible businesses.
Phil Zinn, owner of Zinn Construction, recently purchased the building and is planning an extensive renovation. CrossFit Instinct is relocating from its current space in Fairhills Mall to become the anchor tenant.
“We’ve been looking for a long time to find a place to really settle in and we finally found it,” said Molly Hahn. She noted that the new space will be significant larger and offer additional amenities. “We’re going to have locker rooms and showers, which we don’t have now. There will be multiple classrooms and space for kids’ classes, which will really open things up for us to keep growing.”
Dr. Craig Backs, owner of The Center for Prevention and a member of CrossFit Instinct, plans to offer screening services at the new location. His son and business manager Johnathan Backs noted, “A lot of our patients are members of the gym, or some of the people who start working out then work with us on the prevention services. They’re trying to address issues such as diabetes and stroke prevention and get ahead of it.”
Hahn said CrossFit Instinct will occupy approximately two-thirds of the nearly 17,000 square foot building and she and the landlord are working together to identify other potential tenants that could be a good fit.
“We’d love to see chiropractic or massage services, a yoga studio, that type of thing. It’s nice to have other companies that can help our clients out,” Hahn explained.
Hahn said they will continue offering classes at the Fairhills Mall location until the necessary remodeling work is completed, which she hopes will be done by mid-year.