Why the gym is back in Washington

A former home fitness equipment retailer is opening a new location in the nation’s capital.

La Fitness, which closed its last location in Washington in February, announced Wednesday it will open a new gym in the National Mall and a second location in downtown.

It opened its first location in a former home gym in 2015 in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. La Fitness had been owned by the company that owns the Georgetown Mall, the U.S. Cellular Center and other sites.

La has been struggling to find a new home since the end of 2016.

It was sold to a private equity firm in February 2018 for $10 million.

La opened its second location this month in Georgetown.

La, a fitness apparel brand, has a strong foothold in the Washington area.

It operates gyms in the city’s Georgetown neighborhood, the Old Town neighborhood of Northeast Washington, the Georgetown Square neighborhood of Southwest Washington, and Georgetown University in Georgetown, according to the company.

La’s fitness products are sold in more than 60 cities across the country.

The company has more than 10,000 employees in Washington, including the Washington Sports Hall of Fame.