Doors shut days after new contracts signed
The doors of the Stallings Anytime Fitness on Idlewild Road closed its doors on the last day of the year, a mere week after some Union County residents signed membership contracts.
The telephone number for the fitness center is no longer in service, and many members remain in limbo about the status of their contracts.
With more than 1,500 privately owned franchises across the country, the Minnesota-based Anytime Fitness is the largest co-ed fitness company in the world, according to National Media Director Mark Daly. While Daly did not disclose details about the Stallings facility closing, he wrote in an e-mail, “The situation regarding the club in Matthews is complicated and I don’t want to speak for the individual former club owner. It’s safe to say that, unfortunately, the franchise operator wasn’t able to generate enough sales revenue to sufficiently offset his expenses.”
Customer reviews on sites like MerchantCircle.com hinted at some trouble on the horizon. One entry dated October 2010 said, “One day, a note appeared on the door saying the gym was closed and under new management and would be open as soon as possible. Door locked. No access. No warning.”
Just two months later, the doors did close but this time with no word on new management.
“It is rare to see an Anytime Fitness location close,” Daly said, noting the company’s closure rate is just 1 percent. He described the closing as a “large disappointment on a corporate level.”
ABC Financial serves as the group’s financial backer, Daly said, and members can call them directly at 888-622-6290 to request a refund. ABC Financial has member services representatives available to answer calls Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Central Standard Time).
Members also can attend other locations scattered throughout the Charlotte area at no additional fee. According to the Anytime Fitness online location finder, there is a Union County franchise at Weddington-Monroe Road in Wesley-Chapel.