KTP Racquet Club is opening next week at its new location in the North Bay Mall.
Kurt Tempelmans Plat, owner and head coach, says they’re the home of badminton, pickleball and table tennis in North Bay.
He says they have six professional-grade courts and three table tennis tables in their nearly 14,000 square foot space.
“I’ve looked for a number of years now in terms of a space like this and for the most part it’s either buried in an industrial area or the cost was just too high. We were able to set up a fair agreement with the landlords here at the mall to get a space that hasn’t been rented in nearly 30 years,” Tempelmans Plat says. “We fixed it up and are bringing some new life to this side of town and hopefully get the community of North Bay involved.”
They’re located in a portion of the former Kmart and Zellers department stores from the 90s, along the back of the mall, off Mulligan Street.
He says they offer memberships, camps, lessons, leagues and tournaments.
“Now we have one of the only venues in the province that has the dedicated facility for any of these racquet sports, maybe one of the only ones in Canada. The idea is that we can host any event for any of these racquet sports on a whim,” Tempelmans Plat says.
He says their official grand opening is this coming Monday and they have a lot of options for everyone.
“Whether you’re a beginner, whether you’re experienced, whether you’re looking to drop in and play, whether you’re looking to book a court, do a lesson, we kind of have a bit of everything and hopefully we can really grow that as we get more people in,” he says.