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Oregon City native Mikel Nielson to open Thrive Fitness in former Goodwill space on Meinig Avenue

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Mikel Nielson hopes to open Thrive Fitness by Nov. 1.Soon after Sandy got its new Goodwill store at 37201 Highway 26, residents began wondering what would come of the Meinig Avenue location neighboring Mountain Moka coffee shop.

Following months of vacancy, the space at 17430 Meinig Ave. has Thrive Fitness as a new tenant.

Mikel Nielson, the gym's owner, is no stranger to Sandy's rural quality and Pioneer spirit. An Oregon City native, Nielson said he chose Sandy as the home of his new vigorous venture because of the small-town feel.

"I picked Sandy for the type and size of gym I'm doing," he explained. "The smaller town is a good demographic and size."

Nielson has been in the fitness game most of his life, but realized he meant business about 15 years ago.

"Every since I was a little kid, fitness has been a part of my life," the 36-year-old said. "As a trainer, I've worked with competitors, athletes, 82-year-olds, 12-year-olds and everyone in between. And, I've always had the entrepreneurial spirit."

Most recently, Nielson sold his piece of the pie at Snap fitness in Oregon City to branch out on his own.

He hopes to open Thrive by Nov. 1, fully equipped with cardio machines, selective weights, an Olympic lifting set, an artificial turf area and more, and for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I'm hoping I can have a little bit for everybody," he added. "I'm going to have everything CrossFit and 9Round have at a fraction of the price."

Nielson also said his past gyms have been unique in their "personal touch." He likes to connect with his regulars and says that is what kept people coming back to his former business.

"Not being corporate — I was at a franchise prior — people like that," Nielson explained. "People like that personal touch. Ultimately I'm excited to be a part of the community, being involved in community events and sponsoring high school sporting events."

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