24 Hour Fitness closing two Portland-area gyms
24 Hour Fitness is permanently closing two of its Portland-area gyms in Vancouver and Beaverton.
The San Ramon, California-based gym chain operates 445 clubs across 14 states. Permanent closures could not be avoided, after all facilities were shuttered in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The local gyms closing are:
• Beaverton, 4145 S.W. Watson Ave.
• Vancouver Andresen, 2913 N.E. 72nd Drive
The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware and is permanently closing about 130 gyms across the nation. Restructuring will allow the company to keep operating and make a plan to pay its creditors. It owes $1.4 billion plus lease obligations.
"We've looked hard at how we can best serve our members, and have refocused our resources where we believe they can do the most good," officials with 24 Hour Fitness tweeted. "Unfortunately, this has meant closing some locations and saying good bye to some valued team members, whom we will dearly miss."
The company hopes to reopen the remainder of its gyms by the end of June,
Oregon gyms are allowed to welcome customers in Phase 1 of reopening, which has not yet reached Multnomah County. Severe restrictions apply about cleaning shared surfaces and standing close to strangers.
Members have not been charged monthly dues during the shutdown. But they may be ready for a change.
Bloomberg reported that "roughly 28 of 100 U.S. gym-goers are expected to bail this year, according to trade group International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association."
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