High costs How the Groitzscher “Azur” wellness center wants to save in winter

Groitzsch. The Groitzscher “Azur” fitness and wellness center on Schützenplatz is very popular with all generations, from babies to seniors. With energy costs exploding, are cooler times ahead? The LVZ asked Thomas Krauß, CEO of the operating company Azur GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the city of Groitzsch.

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Well-being and well-being start with comfortable temperatures. Can you continue to meet guest expectations?

Thomas Krauss: We have decided not to lower the temperature of the water below 28 degrees Celsius so that we can continue to carry out all the courses and our guests can continue enjoying their stay by bathing. For this we close the jacuzzi and the baby pool to save energy. In the large swimming pool we offer, among other things, aqua aerobics, rehabilitation sports and swimming lessons. For baby swimming, the temperature will still be above 30 degrees Celsius.

A picture from the Corona period: CEO Thomas Krauß alone in the closed gym at the Groitzscher

A picture from the Corona period: CEO Thomas Krauß alone in the closed gym of the Groitzscher “Azur”.

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What was the temperature of the water so far?

In the big pool we had 30 degrees so far. We’ll lower the temperature of the room by a degree or two, but still stay within a comfortable range.

Will there be cuts in opening hours?

The opening hours are maintained for the time being: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, we close the outdoor sauna entirely except on Thursday to preserve the women’s sauna.

Are price increases coming?

Yes, we have already adjusted membership fees and daily admission prices will follow soon, but all within a reasonable framework. We can’t and don’t want to pass the extra charges on to our customers one by one anyway.

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How many members or day guests does the fitness and wellness center currently have?

Right now we have 540 members within a radius of about 15 kilometers. There are also day visitors and course participants, among other things, for prevention, rehabilitation and children’s courses.

During the pandemic, the “Azur” had to remain closed for several months. How big is the economic damage caused by this? And have you lost members during this time?

The loss of members due to the pandemic exceeds 100. The economic damage is difficult to quantify, it is estimated at 100,000 euros. This was partially cushioned by state aid measures, part-time work benefits and transitional aid.

The Groitzscher wellness and fitness center

The fitness and wellness center Groitzscher “Azur” at Schützenplatz.

Are there major repairs, conversions and investments in the near future?

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No, nothing is planned for now.

Are you more worried or optimistic about the coming winter?

Since I’m basically an optimistic person, I cover the lines of concern. Somehow it continues.

Are new courses planned for autumn and winter?

We started the Kaha and Fitness Boxen courses back in September. Aroha will follow in January. Kaha are slow flowing movements that flow into each other. They strengthen, stretch and relax important muscle groups and lead to inner peace. Aroha is resistance training with simple step sequences and arm movements.

How do you motivate yourself and your team in the face of exploding energy costs?

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We want to continue doing everything possible for the health and well-being of our customers. That’s motivation enough.

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