Fitness club developer Vince Julien sees an opportunity when he looks at an empty property in a shopping center.

He’s been scouting Central Florida locations for new Crunch Fitness franchises, part of the growing number of value-oriented gyms that skip big-dollar amenities, such as pools and basketball courts. Even as the number of retail center vacancies shrank from a high in 2011, health clubs can still be attractive to landlords because gyms are not threatened by internet retailers.

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