When the coronavirus took its first stranglehold on the country in March, most small businesses around the country shuttered their doors.

Five months later, some businesses are still struggling to get back up to speed. Expansion for locally owned businesses, it seemed, was a long shot in the current pandemic. Expansion in the health club world seemed even more challenging as clubs from coast to coast dealt with COVID-19 protocols and the close proximity for patrons.

But Jayme Smid, franchise owner of Anytime Fitness in Brandon, had plans for expansion prior to the coronavirus, and she’s seeing it through.

Anytime Fitness recently added 1,200 square feet to its facility on Redwood Boulevard. A grand opening was held on Saturday, Aug. 22, and Smid said by all accounts, people