MAHOMET — Poeta Training Center, which offers wrestling and fitness programs year-round, is coming to Sangamon on Main as an anchor tenant that has leased the main gym and additional space or approximately 4,300 square feet in total, according to a Tuesday press release.
Sangamon on Main, LLC announced that Lake Forest-based Poeta is bringing its second location to central Illinois in Mahomet.
Walter Pierce, director of the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce, said the community certainly will welcome the new business.
“It’s a major ‘get.’ We are really excited,” Pierce said. “I think it’s not only drawing local, but they’re drawing from a pretty wide radius. I think it’s a pretty good deal. (We’re) pretty excited about this.”
Sangamon on Main is a multi-tenant, co-working building located in downtown Mahomet. The building previously housed Sangamon Elementary School until it was sold in August 2018 to Sangamon on Main, LLC. Since that time, the new owners have been converting the vacant school into a co-working environment that is now home to 12 businesses, the media release stated.
Poeta South will offer year-round wrestling programs and fitness programs, along with birthday parties and event rentals. Poeta, which bills itself as central Illinois’ only year-round, high-level wrestling training center, will have program options for all ages and all levels. Their coaching staff is comprised of University of Illinois wrestling team alums, including Emery Parker and Zane Richards.
Jill Guth of Guth and Associates, who does all leasing for Sangamon on Main, said the talks to bring Poeta to town were just about six weeks in the making.
“It’s actually moved pretty quickly,” Guth said. “They were looking at locations in Champaign-Urbana and we were able to persuade them that Sangamon on Main was a better location for them.
“It’s a unique building. It has the ... large multipurpose gymnasium room (so) we were able to provide something that no one else could,” she added. “That really was the hook we had with them.”
Guth noted that Mahomet is just 7 miles away from Champaign-Urbana via Interstate 74 and centrally located for people across the region. And officials at Sangamon on Main LLC are happy with the growth they’ve seen at their building.
“We’re checking the boxes and the momentum is definitely growing at Sangamon on Main,” she said. “We’re just realy pleased with the progress of Sangamon on Main in a year.”
Poeta’s Callie Skalla, a Champaign resident who will manage the Mahomet location and also manages Poeta’s first site, said the lease begins Oct. 1 and its first event is Oct. 2. Initially, Poeta will employ a head coach and an assistant coach in Mahomet.
“The hope is to employ as many as possible,” Skalla said.
Officials expect to host volunteer coaches and people from the community to help youth with wrestling, plus have a program collaborating with personal trainers in the area so that they can use the Poeta space.
Poeta is focused on giving wrestlers and coaches more mat time, more partners, more exposure and more opportunities, allowing the area’s best wrestlers to work together. Personal training, boxing/kickboxing and group fitness programs will be offered by local personal trainers. Indoor birthday parties will have a multitude of options, and Poeta leaders are hoping that the most popular one will be bounce houses.
In the future, Poeta plans to have before and after-school care programs and help the community in other ways. Poeta South invites all wrestlers and their parents to come check out the space and attend their first clinic with host Emery Parker from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Online pre-registration is required. The cost is $20 if the wrestler has not registered for the fall pre-season program.
Sangamon on Main, LLC was represented by Guth & Associates/Fairlawn Real Estate in the transaction, while Poeta Training Center was represented by Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.