A Bally Total Fitness club in Pleasant Hill, CA, closed without notice on Monday night, one of several club closings in the industry this month.
Bally said it tried to negotiate lease terms with the Bay Area club’s landlord, but the landlord chose to terminate the lease.
“We are extremely disappointed by this outcome and apologize for any inconvenience to our members,” Bally said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue new Bally locations in northern California. Stay tuned for exciting news regarding new Bally locations.”
Bally Regional Director Don Cardona is expected to send a personal letter to the Bally Pleasant Hill members today. In the letter, Cardona says Bally had also discussed with the landlord the idea of building a new Bally Sport Club at that location.
“We were surprised by this action as we have never missed a lease payment, and in fact, we have been paying 150 percent of our monthly lease rate while we attempted to resolve our disagreements,” Cardona said in the letter to members. “I’m personally saddened to close this club, and I want to extend my personal apology for the inconvenience this causes you.”
Cardona added that the Bally members now have access to any of the company’s clubs nationwide, including the nearest club in Danville, CA, and that efforts are being made to find employment opportunities for the more than 40 Bally Pleasant Hill employees.
“We’re proud of our team and we will do our best to find them suitable alternatives at other Bally clubs,” Cardona said.
At least four other fitness facilities around the country have closed, according to various media reports: