SoulCycle, a trendy brand of spinning that enthusiasts claim as life-changing, may be coming soon to Newport Beach — its first Orange County location.
The lease has not been finalized, but the city granted a minor use permit Thursday to clear the way for the spin studio's move to Fashion Island.
"The application was submitted with the intent that they would be coming if they were approved," said Brenda Wisneski, the city's deputy community development director.
Based in New York, SoulCycle was founded in 2006 and now boasts 26 locations, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Brentwood. A Malibu location is opening Friday.
The Newport location is slated to open late this year, said spokeswoman Gabby Cohen.
The company plans to double in size by 2015.
"For us, there's no location better than Fashion Island," Cohen said. "You can spend a day there, and fitness should be part of that."