MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (WTRF) – One of the biggest and fastest-growing global franchise fitness centers, Planet Fitness, opened its first location in Moundsville just this past December.

Thursday, their official ribbon-cutting ceremony went off with a huge crowd and celebration.

As a company, Planet Fitness takes part in community youth programs across the majority of their locations.

To celebrate their ribbon-cutting ceremony, Planet Fitness in Moundsville made a big donation of $5,000 to the Youth Mentoring Network.

Representatives from the Marshall County Commission were there to be a part of this special day, from both a community standpoint and an economic one.

I wanted to reach out to give back to the youth. They need a lot more help than a lot of us do. I’m looking forward to working with Youth Mentoring Network for years to come now.

Bobby Shorthouse, Planet Fitness Club Manager

We are really humbled by the generosity of Marshall County in general between Planet Fitness and also the Chamber.

Chanler Long, Youth Mentoring Network Program Coordinator

Any time a new business comes into this city we’re really happy about that. We took a building that was empty and we put a thriving business in it.

Rick Healy, Moundsville City Manager

Going forward, the City Manager said they are still working on revitalizing the main business district in Moundsville, in addition to adding more restaurants across town.