The pandemic has seen a surge in home fitness equipment sales, which in part led to Peloton’s plans to open a new call center in Tempe.

Peloton, which makes popular stationary bikes, treadmills, and other fitness equipment, announced Tuesday that it would be hiring 350 people at a new member support center near the Loop 101 and 202 exchange exchange.

The company is expected to move to a 50,000 square foot building in the growing employment corridor in north Tempe in October.

Peloton hires support professionals to work with customers to answer questions or resolve issues with their services or devices. Jobs in sales, information technology, operational support, and human resources are also open.

The starting wage is $ 19 an hour, and the company offers 401,000 gaming and tuition reimbursements. Interested parties can find here More information on the Peloton website.

Home fitness companies see growth in pandemic

Peloton originally housed its member support team in its New York headquarters, but opened a dedicated member support center in Plano, Texas in 2018 as the company grew.

The expansion to Tempe stands for continuous growth.

Peloton, which employs 3,700 people, has a showroom in Scottsdale Fashion Square, but the Tempe location is the Valley’s first office. The company selected Maricopa County because of the existing pool of customer service talent in the area, the company said.

Peloton and other home fitness companies have seen a surge in demand over the past 18 months as COVID-19 closes gyms and people exercise at home and outdoors.

Health and fitness equipment sales more than doubled to $ 2.3 billion from March to October 2020. according to the Washington Post.

Demand for Peloton devices last year drove the company’s sales and inventory skyrocketing. The company reported $ 758 million in revenue for the spring and summer, up 232% from the year-ago period, and its shares rose more than 400% in 2020, the Post reported.

Market experts do not anticipate the demand for home fitness equipment and classes to change even if COVID-19 cases decline and personal services return to pre-pandemic levels.

The company announced the construction of its first U.S. manufacturing facility near Toledo, Ohio earlier this year and acquired equipment maker Precor to increase production.

The republic reporter Russ Wiles contributed to this report.

Reach reporter Paulina Pineda at [email protected] or 480-389-9637. Follow her on Twitter: @ paulinapineda22.

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