My gym is current going through a complete refurb. It's interesting. I joined the gym as a member and newbie about 8 years ago. At that time, the free weights area was tiny. One half rack, 2 DB benches, some DB's, a bench press, and smith, all crammed into a space you would struggle to park your car on. The rest of the gym was machines and mostly cardio, and most of these machines were consistently being used.
I remember they expanded the free weights area. Made it about 3-4 times the size, more benches, more DB's, an extra rack. This was to cater for the fact that the old free weights was way too busy now. They made room by getting rid of "some" of the treadmills and cross trainers. Members never noticed because these machines weren't as busy as before.
Up until now, and for the last couple of years, the bigger free weights area is far too small, mostly always mobbed, and you're lucky if half the cardio machines are being used at busy times.
The refurb will be finished in about 6 weeks, has been going on for 4. It will see a small selection of cardio machines hidden away in a corner, and the whole ground floor is pretty much going to be free weights. We will have more and heavier DB's, about 12 DB benches, 2 flat bench press, 1 incline, 1 decline, 3 half racks, 3 cages, 3 lifting plat forms, land mines, ropes, even monkey bars.
Times are changing. Gyms need to decide whether they want to cater for those who want to train and get results, or those who just like to get out the house for a couple of hours. Some gyms don't want lots of bars, racks, heavy DB's, and loads of discs, because that'll just attract lots of big scary meat heads who "train".