On Thursday, December 1, 2011 Bally Total Fitness announced that they have sold a number of clubs to Fitness International, LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International, LLC.
Statement posted on LAFitness.com website:
“We’re pleased to announce that Fitness International, LLC, an affiliate of LA Fitness International, LLC, has completed the acquisition of 171 former Bally Total Fitness locations. You can find the acquired clubs now in our list of club locations.
Our objective in general is to make this transition as easy as possible for both the members and employees. We will be servicing all of the membership agreements that were acquired from Bally. The majority of the acquired clubs will remain open, but some will be closing before the end of the year. If we close a facility, we will transfer those members’ agreements to a nearby facility, either an acquired Bally or an LA Fitness. We plan to add new equipment to many of the clubs, and we also have plans to remodel, expand or relocate a number of the clubs to larger and newer facilities.
The employees at the clubs we acquired will no longer be employed by Bally, but we hope that they will apply for positions with us. We will do our best to find a spot for every qualified Bally employee who wants to be part of our team.”
Chicago, Illinois-based Bally Total Fitness and its subsidiaries currently owns and operates 271 fitness clubs across the United States. The acquisition relates to all of the Bally locations in the states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, the District of Columbia, all of the locations in the greater Los Angeles area and certain locations in, New Jersey (Deptford, East Brunswick, Echelon, Maple Shade and Union City), New York (Copiague, Lake Grove and Levittown), Texas (Meadow Creek and Red Bird) and Virginia (Falls Church, Landmark, Pentagon Square, and Prince William Crossing). The remaining Bally owned clubs will continue to be operated by Bally under the Bally name.
About L.A. Fitness: Founded in 1984, LA Fitness is one of the fastest growing sports club chains in the United States and presently has over 360 locations in 21 states and Canada. LA Fitness’ mission is to help as many people as possible achieve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by creating a nationwide network of sports clubs, offering its members the widest range of amenities and the friendliest service at an affordable price.
To learn more about LA Fitness, visit www.lafitness.com or for the club nearest you call 1 (800) LA FITNESS.
Sources: Bally Total Fitness and LA Fitness
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