Aspen O2 yoga and Pilates studio relocating to former McDonald’s building |

Aspen O2 yoga and Pilates studio relocating to former McDonald’s building

O2 yoga and pilates studio, which is currently located on Main Street, is taking over the former McDonald’s building.
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The former home to Aspen’s lone fast-food chain will soon offer patrons the opposite experience.

O2 yoga and pilates studio owner Brittany Van Domelen purchased the space that previously housed McDonald’s for $3,29 million, according to the Pitkin County Assessor’s Office.

Under the title Rubey Park LLC, Van Domelen bought the property from McDonald’s Corp. on Sept. 26, county records show.

Van Domelen intends to relocate O2 from 500 W. Main St. to the former McDonald’s building at 408 S. Mill St., next to Wagner Park.

The popular fast-food chain closed in late January after serving the community for 34 years.

Van Domelen said on Tuesday that her team started renovating inside the building Nov. 16.

She plans to completely remodel the building’s interior, noting, “Because it was an old McDonald’s, we don’t want any remnants of that.”

O2 will fully occupy the three-level space from the bottom floor up, the business owner said, starting with the 938-square-foot basement that will house three spa-treatment rooms.

The 1,553-square-foot ground level will include retail space for activewear along with a possible added “nutritional component” to the O2 brand, Van Domelen said.

Van Domelen is not sure yet what this may be, but said, “We currently have a nutritionist on our team that helps clients on a private level and we’re trying to incorporate that a little more than we can now.”

The pilates and yoga studios will occupy the 1,603-square-foot top floor, which formerly housed the McDonald’s dining room.

All square footage was provided by the county Assessor’s Office.

Aside from increased space for yoga and pilates, a new pilates reformer machine and the potential nutritional addition, Van Domelen said O2 clients may expect a similar experience in the new spot.

“What we’re doing in the new location is exactly what we’re doing in the current location,” she said. “We’re replicating what we have at Main Street and just giving it a facelift.”

Yogis and fitness gurus may also find relief in Van Domelen’s plan to keep the business open throughout the transition.

“The plans are to literally have the last class at 6 p.m. at (the Main Street) location and at 8 a.m. the next day at the new location,” she said. “I don’t want there to be any closing. … We won’t be depriving our clients of their yoga.”

Van Domelen said she hopes to open O2 at its new location on the Friday during Food & Wine Classic weekend in June.

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