Fitness over food! There's been much speculation about what would take the place of Ann Taylor Loft at the coveted southwest corner of 50th & France. Several local boutiques looked at the space, but couldn't afford it, and there was some talk about a restaurant. I'm happy to report that upscale fitness brand Athleta is taking the spot. Nothing against the food industry - I just think 50th already has a robust dining scene, and adding another store--especially one new to the Twin Cities--makes this shopping district even more desirable. It's also nice to see a chain pick a neighborhood location over a mall. Known primarily for its catalog/website, Athleta was purchased by Gap Inc. in 2008 and is now aggressively opening stores, with eight to 10 openings nationwide planned for this year. (Watch out, Lululemon--and at 50th, Title Nine.) Athleta offers chic active apparel for yoga, hiking, golf, triathlon, travel, and more. Coming soon to 5001 France Ave. S., Mpls.