Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam continues adding to his ever-growing real estate holdings in Texas City, this week finalizing acquisition of the vacant Sears building at 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in what’s now known as Mainland City Centre.

With the acquisition, Karam owns 758,000 square feet of property in Texas City alone.

So, what are his plans for the 100,000-square-foot building Sears vacated last year? Karam plans to double down on his title — owner of the largest World Gym in the United States.

Karam took the title five years ago by opening a 45,000-square-foot World Gym in a redeveloped Macy’s building at the center, formerly known as Mall of the Mainland.

But the new gym in the Sears building, set to open in January, will be twice as large and feature all-new equipment, a basketball court, sauna and steam room, physical therapy area, smoothie shop, large group fitness classrooms and a children’s workout area.

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