There have been rumors that 24-Hour Fitness is filing for bankruptcy and closing down gyms across Southern California as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CBS News reports the rumors are true and and confirms that the fitness chain filed for bankruptcy today, Monday, June 15. As a result, 18 gyms in the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange County are permanently closed. Roughly 100 locations are closing nationwide. The coronavirus pandemic forced all gyms to close for over three months and 24-Hour Fitness has not been able to recover from the losses.
The company announced that “the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and the fitness industry” had forced it into “a financial restructuring through a voluntary Chapter 11 filing that we expect will make us a stronger company,” reports CBS News. The company is closing 100 clubs across 14 states, leaving it with about 300 clubs, according to CNN.
Lucky for West Hollywood residents, the 24-Hour Fitness SuperSport in West Hollywood is not on the list of gyms closing. Neither is the nearby SuperSport in Hollywood at the Arclight location. The West Hollywood gym located at 8612 Santa Monica Blvd., is scheduled to open later this month, on June 29. The same goes for the nearby Arclight Hollywood SuperSport location at 6380 West Sunset Boulevard.
The 18 locations that have been closed for the past three months will close permanently across Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The list of 24-Hour Fitness Gyms closing include:
Downtown L.A.: 505 S. Flower Street.
Glendale: 240 North Brand Blvd
Hawaiian Gardens: 12120 Carson St.
Montclair: 9750 Central Ave.
Moreno Valley: 23750 Alessandro Blvd.
Palmdale: 1335 Rancho Vista Blvd.
Pasadena: 465 North Halstead St.
Simi Valley: 2350 Tapo St.
West Covina: 1422 Azusa Ave.
Santa Monica: 1417 Second St.
Victorville: 16200 Bear Valley Rd.
Anaheim: 400 W. Disney Way
Irvine: 517 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine: 18007 Von Karman Ave.
Westminster: 6731 Westminster Blvd.
Costa Mesa: 1600 Adams Ave.
Laguna Hills: 25252 McIntyre St.
Fountain Valley: 18305 Brookhurst St.
Gyms are re-opening while the threat of COVID-19 is still very present. Gym members must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow public health directives.