24 Hour Fitness to close clubs in Kent, Auburn, Renton

24 Hour Fitness to close clubs in Kent, Auburn, Renton

Panther Lake Kent location scheduled to reopen next month

24 Hour Fitness is closing its Kent Kangley location and gyms in Auburn and Renton due to the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The San Ramon-California based company also filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to a 24 Hour Fitness news release on Monday. The company, which started 35 years ago, will close 134 gyms nationwide, including nine in Washington. About 300 locations will remain and are expected to reopen in the next few weeks.

The Panther Lake location in Kent, 20600 108th Ave. SE, is scheduled to reopen July 7, according to its website. That club opened in 2018 at a former Albertsons store location.

The closed locations include Kent Kangley, 12922 SE Kent Kangley Road; Auburn, 915 Auburn Way N., and Renton Highlands, 4110 NE Fourth St.

“All club members who may have been impacted by potential club closures have already been communicated with in advance for details,” said a company spokesperson in an email.

Chief Executive Officer Tony Ueber issued the following statement.

“If it were not for COVID-19 and its devastating effects, we would not be filing for Chapter 11,” Ueber said. “With that said, we intend to use the process to strengthen the future of 24 Hour Fitness for our team and club members, as well as our stakeholders. We expect to have substantial financing with a path to restructuring our balance sheet and operations to ensure a resilient future. The COVID-19 environment has proved that attention to health and fitness are more important now than ever before.

“As a result of this restructuring, we will gain financial strength and flexibility to accelerate our business transformation plan, which includes reinvestment in our existing clubs, opening new clubs and introducing several new innovative products and services that will enhance the fitness experience for our club members and guests for many years to come.”

The company has asked the court for authorization to continue paying team members’ wages, salaries and benefits and to continue its various member programs. As a result, the company’s salaried and hourly team members should continue to be paid on the normal schedule, according to the company news release.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Business

A heatmap showing the inclusivity of each state, which is based on the total Business Climate Score. The green states are the most inclusive, while the red are least inclusive; yellow and orange fall in the middle. Courtesy of Out Leadership.
Washington ranks 13th in State LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index

Washington’s lowest score was 13 out of 20 points in the Work Environment and Employment section.

Garlic Naan, Paneer Kebab, Biryani Chicken and Bhindi Masala from Rice-N-Curry (Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
Downtown Renton’s Rice-N-Curry serves comforting Indian dishes made with care

Owner Gurminder Kaur said she learned the recipes from her mother.

Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
News of market volatility has felt like a pinball machine lately | Guest column

Webster’s dictionary defines the word volatility as “characterized by or subject to… Continue reading

tsr
Dick’s Drive-In to open new location in Federal Way

This will be Dick’s ninth burger restaurant; plans to open in 2023.

Kinwell clinic lobby in Renton (Courtesy of Kinwell Medical Group)
Kinwell Medical Group opens new clinic at The Landing in Renton

Kinwell clinics offer in-person and telehealth visits, online appointment scheduling, and they tout reduced wait times.

A chicken sandwich from Yummy Meats Deli (Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
Here’s a Szechuan-style take on Nashville hot fried chicken

Why a literal hole-in-the-wall chicken joint is worth the trip to Renton.

Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Volatility and disciplined planning in 2022’s stock market | Guest column

The stock market in January experienced significantly increased volatility. In the first… Continue reading

Menchie’s location in Federal Way. (Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
Investigation: Menchie’s locations failed to pay workers, stole tips

Multiple King County locations involved, including Federal Way, Bellevue and two Renton shops.

Snoqualmie Casino. Courtesy photo
Kirkland-based company sues to challenge ‘tribal gaming monopoly’ in Washington

Company called the state’s policy an “erroneous application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.”

Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
The forces behind our current COVID-induced inflation | Guest column

Recent inflation numbers have been quite high and at levels not seen… Continue reading

Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
The ‘year end’ elements of financial planning | Guest column

With the end of the year fast approaching, we remind clients that… Continue reading