The Wing West Hollywood is closing permanently, along with all of its sister locations effective immediately. “We have been unable to recover and grow the level of active membership and event activity necessary to run a financially sustainable operation,” reads a statement from the mostly women’s club. “As a consequence, we are very sorry to say that all of The Wing locations will be closing permanently, and members will no longer have access with immediate effect.”
Members received the statement announcing its closure via an email. The Wing had six remaining locations. It began with 11 locations throughout the country.
Bloomberg reports that a spokesperson for IWG PLC, a co-working and office space provider that owns a majority stake in the company, confirmed the closure to Bloomberg. One email to members reviewed by Bloomberg News said they could access any of IWG’s 1,000 locations in the US through Sept. 30. The IWG spokesperson said members, who pay up to $295 per month in fees, would be able to access IWG locations until the end of their monthly or annual subscription with The Wing.
According to Mark Dixon, IWG’s founder and chief executive officer, The Wing saw less demand during the pandemic because of their downtown locations.
The Wing and their women only policy did not fly well with gay men in WeHo. The club was forced to make some slight modifications to their admissions policy to allow inclusivity towards transgender and nonbinary individuals after a man filed a $12 million gender discrimination lawsuit. In June 2018, James E. Pietrangelo applied to The Wing’s Washington, DC branch, in Georgetown, via a brief online application and was denied membership because he was a man.
The Wing’s move to WeHo and its women only intent (they publish a magazine called No Man’s Land) opened a debate about discrimination towards gay men who have always found a safe haven in WeHo.
The closure of The Wing comes in a series of closures in that area, which include a Starbucks, Cousin’s Lobsters, along with Supercuts, and 24-Hour Fitness Sport.