Hulking fitness chain permanently closes 3 Austin gyms due to COVID-19

The 24-hour fitness chain, still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 15 and permanently closed more than 130 locations in the United States, including three in the Austin area.

The three Austin area gyms that are permanently closed are:

  • 13802 NUS Hwy. 183

  • 12400 N I-35 Service Rd. S.

  • 1208 N. I-35, Round Rock

The chain’s four remaining gyms in the area will reopen this month and next:

  • 1000 E. 41st St., June 19th

  • 10616 Research Blvd., June 19

  • 4625 W. William Cannon Dr., July 7th

  • 1401 City Center Dr., Pflugerville, July 7th

“We wouldn’t be filing for Chapter 11 without COVID-19 and its devastating effects. With this in mind, we intend to use the process to strengthen the future of 24-hour fitness for our team and club members as our stakeholders, “said Tony Ueber, CEO of 24-hour fitness in San Ramon, California , in a press release.

In a letter to customers, Ueber said the permanently shut down gyms were either outdated or were located near other 24-hour fitness locations. The company still operates around 300 gyms in the United States

In May, Dallas-based 24-hour fitness rival Gold’s Gym International filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of its financial troubles, Gold’s closed one of its Austin area locations in May.

Aside from three gyms in the Austin area, 24 Hour Fitness has permanently closed 12 locations in the Houston area and 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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