Popular gym closes without warning


ON, NEWS4JAX STARTS NOW.>>MEMBERS OF THAT POPULAR MANDARIN GYM ARE FRUSTRATED TONIGHT AFTER THEIR OWNERS CLOSED THEIR DOORS WITHOUT WARNING. CLUB FITNESS POSTED A NOTICE ON THE DOOR OF ITS CLUB ON SAN JOSE BOULEVARD THIS MORNING AND THOUSANDS ARE LEFT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OWNERSHIP. NICOLE JOINS US AND, EVEN THE OPERATOR SAYS HE WAS BLINDED BY THE SUDDEN CLOSURE.>>I WANT TO GIVE YOU A LOOK AT HOW CHAOTIC IT IS OUT HERE. THEY’RE STILL BUSY MOVING EQUIPMENT OUT OF THE GYM AND THERE ARE STILL MEMBERS COMING UP TO THE DOOR AS THAT CO-OWNER DID THIS MORNING WITH THESE DOORS LOCKED AND THIS IS A POST ON THE DOOR CITING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS AS THE REASON FOR THE CLOSURE. A LOT OF THESE MEMBERS ARE VERY UPSET, AND THEY JUST WANT ANSWERS TONIGHT.>>I HAVE NO IDEA.>>THIS LETTER POSTED ON THE DOOR IS THE ONLY NOTICE MEMBERS GOT ABOUT CLUB FITNESS CLOSING ITS DOORS.>>AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GYM MOVING EQUIPMENT BEING TAKEN AWAY.>>I WAS LITERALLY THERE YESTERDAY WORKING OUT. NO ONE SAID ANYTHING TO THE MEMBERS.>>THIS WOMAN SAYS SHE’S EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED BY HOW THE SITUATION WAS HANDLED AND EVERYONE FEELS LET DOWN.>>YOU PAY A MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP. SOME PEOPLE PAID ANNUALLY, SOME PEOPLE PAID FOR PERSONAL TRAINING. I DO KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF MEMBERS THAT HAVE JUST RECENTLY PAID FOR PERSONAL TRAINING PACKAGES. CASH. SASH H TO BE FACILITATED AT THIS CLUB FITNESS IN MANDARIN AND NOW THEY’RE OUT OF THEIR MORNING.>>EVEN THE CO-OWNER AND OPERATOR OF THE FACILITY SAID HE HAD NO IDEA THE GYM WOULD BE SHUTTING DOWN.>>I WAS LOCKED OUT OF MY OWN GYM. SO I’M AS SURPRISED AS THE MEMBERS WERE.>>CLUB FITNESS IS CLOSING DUE TO, QUOTE, RISING COSTS AND OPERATING OVERHEAD. THE MEMBERS ARE TOLD TO GO TO PLANET FITNESS ON OLD ST. AUGUSTINE ROAD WHERE THEIR MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED.>>HE’S WORKED DILIGENTLY TO TRIED TO ACCOMMODATE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY, YOU KNOW, THE DIFFERENT TYPE OF CONTRACTS AND SUCH BEING TRANSFERRED OVER.>>HE SAYS HE IS DOING HIS BEST TO MAKE UP FOR THE HUGE LOSS TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE MORE THAN 5,000 MEMBERS WHO WILL NOW HAVE TO CALL ANOTHER GYM HOME.>>MY CLIENTS ARE LIKE FAMILY TO ME. MY MEMBERS HERE ARE LIKE FAMILY. FOR THEM TO BE TAKEN OUT FROM UNDERNEATH ME, THAT WAS MORE PAINFUL THAN ANYTHING ELSE.>>I DID GET IN CONTACT WITH THE OWNERS OF CLUB FITNESS. THEY SAY THIS HAS ALL REALLY UNRAVELED IN THE LAST WEEK. THEY COULDN’T MAKE RENT THIS MONTH AND THEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO CLOSE THE DOORS OF THIS FACILITY TODAY. NOW, AS I MENTIONED IN THE STORY AND ALSO HERE, PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO TO PLANET FITNESS WHERE THEY WILL ALSO GET OPTIONS ON A NEW MEMBERSHIP. THEY ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE MEMBERS HERE. WE HAVE THIS INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE, NEWS4JAX.COM.

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