LEXINGTON, KY -- Urban Active recently closed two of its clubs in the Cincinnati area.
The Mount Washington and Eastgate locations closed due to a poor economic climate, says KT Remus, the senior director of marketing and advertising for Global Fitness Holdings LLC, the parent company of Lexington, KY-based Urban Active. Remus adds the shopping centers in the areas around the two clubs had closed, reducing a lot of traffic into the clubs.
“As an industry as a whole, we hate hearing about other gyms in other chains closing locations,” Remus says. “It’s not good for our industry. It is hard for everybody [to close the clubs], but it’s necessary, and it’s only going to lead to bigger and better things for Urban Active.”
Remus says the members from the two closed clubs have the option to use any of the 10 Urban Active clubs in the Cincinnati area, including the company’s newer clubs in that market.
Urban Active has 34 clubs in operation, primarily in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The company also has expanded into Pittsburgh, Omaha, NE, and Charlotte, NC. Urban Active also closed a club in Brentwood, TN, earlier this year. The closing of the clubs is not a sign that the company is struggling, Remus says.
“We don’t anticipate closing any more clubs,” Remus says. “We’ve been in the Cincinnati market for over a decade, and our product out there has aged somewhat. We’re just trying to keep the vines ripening with new opportunities.”