A downtown Duluth personal trainer has moved to a new location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

XMT-3 Training, owned by Eric Franklin, moved to 22 N. 24th Ave. W. in Duluth in September and held its grand opening last week. The new facility is about 1,300 square feet, which is 550 square feet larger than the studio at 30 W. First St. in downtown Duluth, where XMT-3 Training operated from May 2017 to August.

Franklin said the new location in a stand-alone building is beneficial to clients because it has more room for new equipment, plus a waiting area to provide clients with a space to relax between training sessions and to give more privacy to individuals during training.

The new location also has a private parking lot for clients, instead of street parking like at the previous location. Franklin said the location in Lincoln Park is a desirable spot for businesses because of the development that's happening there.

XMT-3 Training offers personalized approaches to fitness, including exercise training, nutrition and accountability support.

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Ren Market to open in Enger Lofts building

Megan Wilander, from left, chats with owner Kendra Dean, while Isabella Dwinell smells bar soaps Feb. 19, 2021, at Ren Market. 
Tyler Schank / File / Duluth News Tribune
Megan Wilander, from left, chats with owner Kendra Dean, while Isabella Dwinell smells bar soaps Feb. 19, 2021, at Ren Market. Tyler Schank / File / Duluth News Tribune

Ren Market announced on social media that it is moving from West Duluth to Lincoln Park in January.

The zero-waste boutique is moving to a retail space in the Enger Lofts building at 1832 W. Superior St. from its current location at 519 N. Central Ave. in the Spirit Valley neighborhood of West Duluth.

Ren Market will remain open in its current location through the holiday season. The boutique sells bulk cleaning and personal care products, plus clothing, jewelry and other sustainable items. Owner Kendra Dean opened Ren Market in November 2020 and said the new location will give her the opportunity to expand both the hours and the inventory of her business.

Ren Market will be joining businesses 190° Coffee & Tea, Little Neetchers and Goat Hill Marketplace in Enger Lofts.

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Benders Shoes to move, expand next spring

Benders Shoes is relocating into the former Pier 1 Imports building, 901 W. Central Entrance, Duluth. 
Clint Austin / 2020 file / Duluth News Tribune
Benders Shoes is relocating into the former Pier 1 Imports building, 901 W. Central Entrance, Duluth. Clint Austin / 2020 file / Duluth News Tribune

Benders Shoes announced in a press release Monday that the Duluth store will move to a new, larger location on Central Entrance in the spring.

Benders Shoes will operate in the former Pier 1 Imports building at 901 W. Central Entrance in Duluth. The expanded storefront will increase inventory offerings to also include children's footwear; men's, women's and children's apparel; and a wide selection of gifts.

The business will continue to operate at its current location of 2116 Maple Grove Road in Duluth until next spring. Benders Shoes also has locations in Grand Rapids and Hibbing.

Pier 1 Imports announced in May 2020 that it was closing all of its 540 stores.

Laura Butterbrodt covers health and business for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact her at 218-723-5320 or lbutterbrodt@duluthnews.com.