Retail: 9Round fitness opens second Triangle location

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comFebruary 6, 2014 

Thirty minutes was all Jon Shafeei needed.

The former mechanic runs half marathons and lifts weights regularly but had a hard time doing a 30-minute circuit training routine at a 9Round fitness and kickboxing gym.

So he decided to open one.

“I was sold on the business model and idea,” said Shafeei, whose 9Round franchise opened Saturday in Raleigh. “I thought I was in good shape with the running and lifting weights, but this had me feeling like I was completely tired after 30 minutes.”

9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags.

Routines start every three minutes, so members can work out whenever the gym is open.

The exercises change every day, and Shafeei and his trainers design the routines. Trainers are on hand to help and guide members through their workouts.

The 1,300-square-foot gym offers monthly memberships that range in price from $49 to $59, not including a $99 enrollment fee, and has a yearlong program that’s $499 if paid all at once. Initial workouts are free.

Memberships include wrist wraps, boxing gloves and an online nutrition program. Shafeei’s place is the gym’s first Raleigh location and the second in the Triangle.

9Round is at 1131 Falls River Ave., next to Dollar General in Falls River Village.

The Subway sandwich chain at 126 S. Salisbury St. has closed. But don’t panic, downtown Raleigh. It’s just moving across the street.

The new space, which is about twice the size of the old one, is expected to open Wednesday in the bottom of the Wells Fargo building, said Karina Lane, manager of the Fayetteville Street Subway.

The store will have two entrances, one outside the building and one inside the Wells Fargo building. All three downtown Raleigh Subways are owned by Rashid Salahat.

High Strung Violins & Guitars in Durham has expanded.

The stringed instrument shop and school, which temporarily moved its store from Durham’s Broad Street into its classroom space on West Markham Street in March, has added a retail spot next door.

High Strung sells violins, violas, guitars, ukeleles, banjos and more, and has a rent-to-own program on instruments. It also offers private lessons on instruments such as electric and classical guitar, bass, mandolin, cello and piano, and does repairs on bow instruments.

Violins range from about $500 to $3,500, cellos are about $1,500 to $4,500, and guitars cost from $240 to $2,500. Violin rental prices are about $25 per month, and rental costs can be applied toward the price of a new instrument, store manager Lila Hemsell said.

High Strung, which first opened more than 30 years ago, is holding a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 22.

The 2,000-square-foot retail store is at 1803 W. Markham Ave. The 1,600-square-foot classroom space is at 1805 W. Markham Ave.

Spize Cafe, a restaurant that served salads, sandwiches, rice plates and rolls on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, has closed. ... Knightdale Seafood & BBQ, a 24-year-old eatery that offered Southern foods such as fried chicken, ribs, shrimp, collards, Eastern North Carolina barbecue and hushpuppies, has closed. The restaurant was at 706 Money Court in Knightdale.

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