Ex-NBA player Robert Kurz to run fitness facility


robert-kurzA 28-year-old retired professional basketball player Robert Kurz has netted approval to open a 13,700-square-foot fitness facility at the Village Mall in Horsham Township.

Kurz, who was born and raised in Lower Gwynedd, will be the franchise owner/operator of a Retro Fitness facility planned for the Blair Mill Road shopping center.

The Horsham Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday night granted Kurz the OK to open the gym at the space formerly occupied by Rite Aid. Village Mall is anchored by Acme, Speed Raceway and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.

And once that space opens, Kurz, who said he will employ 20 workers for the seven-day-a-week operation, will be “very involved.”

“I plan on being there a few hours at least every day,” he said.

The board, which, by law can take up to 45 days to render a decision, took action on Tuesday at Kurz’s request.

“The sooner we get started the better,” Kurz said, adding that he is looking into opening another fitness facility in the area.

Kurz, who played basketball for the University of Notre Dame, signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors in 2008, and played 40 games for the team during the 2008-09 NBA season, averaging 3.9 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 11. mpg.

He was then signed by the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics, appearing in a few pre-season games, but didn’t make the final roster of either teams.

After NBA, Kurz also played for Spanish clubs CB Granada and CB Murcia, German club Artland Dragons, French club SLUC Nancy.

Prior to the 2012–13 NBA season, Kurz agreed to play with the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League.


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