BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 3/6/2018 – Club Pilates, the nation's largest premium Pilates franchise, is now open at The Waites and will celebrate with a Grand Opening celebration to be held Saturday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Located at 707 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., Suite 106, the new studio offers members total body workouts that help with posture, balance, flexibility and strength.

To celebrate the grand opening weekend, Club Pilates Downtown will be offering free intro classes, free mini massage sessions and free Normatec compression recovery sessions. Refreshments from other tenants at The Waites, including Taco Mama, Smoothie King and Farm Burger, will also be provided for attendees. The event will feature giveaways, including the opportunity to win a one month Unlimited Membership. Those interested in entering can enter now by liking Club Pilates Downtown Birmingham on Facebook.

“We’re so excited to be a part of the growth in downtown Birmingham and the development of The Waites,” says Ellen Italiaander, Club Pilates general manager. “Being located at The Waites will allow us to share our passion for health and wellness with the downtown Birmingham community, and we look forward to celebrating our grand opening with you.”

Club Pilates is the first Pilates organization to create a proprietary 500-hour Teacher Training Program designed to thoroughly and safely teach group reformer Pilates classes along with TRX, Triggerpoint and Barre.

“We are thrilled to have Club Pilates join the diverse retail lineup at The Waites,” says Rodney Barstein, chief development officer for Retail Specialists. “Club Pilates will certainly appeal to residents of The Waites and to those living or working in the surrounding communities, seeking a unique workout routine.”

For more information about how to become a Club Pilates member in Downtown Birmingham, please visit or call 205-502- 2474.

Patrons of Club Pilates and the other retail establishments at The Waites can now take advantage of the recently added complimentary valet parking – now available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Parking for retail tenants is also located in the rear of the property.

The Waites, located at the corner of Seventh Avenue South and 21 st Street South and named after the former Waites Bakery, features more than 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space with other onsite tenants including Which Wich, Taco Mama, Farm Burger, Smoothie King, Blaze Pizza and Roll Up, a sushi concept.

The Waites development also leases luxury apartments situated just steps away from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the central business district of downtown Birmingham, making it perfect for members of the medical community who want a five-minute walk to work or school. Floor plans include one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 712 to 1,120 square feet, all equipped with upscale amenities and airy, open-concept living spaces. The development’s model unit is open for tours. The Waites provides several community amenities, including: elevator access to floors, pet- friendly residences, 24-hour parcel concierge system, 24-hour fitness center, study/conference room and multi-level private parking. Monthly rental rates range from $1,375 to $1,800 and include pest control, trash, water/sewer and natural gas services.

For more details about The Waites or to inquire about leasing, please visit or contact Hope Grundhoefer at 205-533- 3072 or Those interested in leasing retail space should contact Bill Clements at or Brooks Corr at by calling 205-313- 3676. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Beck at 205-503- 5927 or

About The Waites

Located in the heart of Birmingham, The Waites is a residential and mixed-use development featuring upscale apartment living and trendy dining – all within a 5-minute walk of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and UAB Hospital. Named after the former Waites Bakery, The Waites is home to Taco Mama, Farm Burger, Which Wich, Blaze Pizza, Club Pilates, Smoothie King and Roll Up, a sushi concept, as well as 45 one and two-bedroom apartment units. The Waites is developed and managed by Retail Specialists. For more information, please visit or call 205-533- 3072.

About Club Pilates

Founded in 2007, Club Pilates is a boutique fitness studio that specializes in strength-training classes for anyone, at any age or fitness level. Based in Costa Mesa, Calif., the company is experiencing rapid growth and expects to have 350 locations open by the end of the year. With more than 1,000 instructors teaching over seven million workouts each year, Club Pilates is the first studio to create a 500-hour Teacher Training Program designed to thoroughly and safely teach group Pilates apparatus classes along with TRX, TriggerPoint and Barre. In 2017, Club Pilates was ranked No. 4 in Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 and Inc. 500 lists, listed in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 ranking and ranked No. 17 on the magazine's 2017 Top New Franchise list. To learn more about the Pilates franchise opportunity, visit