Big Box or Mall Concept

We often get inquiries regarding putting a pool in an existing “big box” space or warehouse. Many times retail corporations change locations or expand to build the SUPER store and they are left with a location that they either need to lease or sell. With the current economy, leased space is quite a bit less than it was just four years ago so this could be a good time to pursue such a venture.


There are quite a few things that need to be considered when looking at this retrofit concept:

  • Zoning – Swimming pools usually fall under the same classification as health clubs. Check the zoning ordinances.
  • Parking – Ensure adequate parking for all businesses that may want to partner with this venture.  Sewers and sanitary – Check out the existing plumbing to see if it can handle the pool and filter backwash requirements.
  • Utilities access – there may be some three phase 220V electrical service required, so make sure it is there or can be added. 
  • Bathroom locations in the existing facility –additions and retrofits may be needed to accommodate codes and your needs. 
  • HVAC – the existing building would need to be retrofitted with a SERG type interior vapor barrier structure so the necessary dehumidification can be designed for just the pool while the rest of the building can use existing HVAC and be protected from humidity. Another possibility is adding a custom system for the pool building.
  • Check that codes allow Myrtha commercial on-the-ground pools with proper decking built around them.
  • Look into leasing a large enough space to develop a Health and Wellness mall business and then sub-lease to:
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance studio
  • Karate studio
  • Hair & Nail salon
  • Juice bar / Coffee shop
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Private Therapist (pools are a tremendous advantage if properly designed)
  • Health Club

You will only be limited by your imagination and funding resources. Don’t hesitate to consider this type of option.



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