CHATHAM

Anytime Fitness in Pentagon Centre, Chatham, closes

17 August 2023In Chatham2 Minutes
The former Anytime Fitness at Chatham's Pentagon Centre

Anytime Fitness has permanently closed its gym in the Pentagon Centre, Chatham.

The branch, which was the company’s only one in Medway, is now in liquidation.

It cited rising costs and the current economic climate as reasons behind its decision to suddenly shut the gym on Tuesday (15 August).

A closure notice has been placed on the gym's front door

In an email seen by Future Medway customers were told that the gym’s franchisee had “done all we can to try and prevent this closure.”

Customers were also informed that membership refunds would need to be claimed from the administrators who are overseeing the company’s liquidation.

All memberships will remain active until the end of September, allowing customers to access alternative branches in the meantime – the nearest now being in Ashford, Dover and Canvey Island, Essex.

A spokesperson for Anytime Fitness said: “All Anytime Fitness locations are independently owned by franchisees and after over nine years of serving the community of Chatham, we can confirm that the gym is now permanently closed and has entered insolvency.

“The closure is a result of the incredibly challenging macro-economic climate and the rising operational and energy costs of running the gym.

“We would like to thank all Anytime Fitness Chatham members for their loyal patronage over the past nine years and their unwavering support of the gym.

“We also extend our thoughts to the staff members affected by this closure and wish them the best for the future.

“All members were informed of the gym’s permanent closure this week and will shortly be contacted with details on how to submit a claim for any owed membership fees via administrators.”

The closure of the Chatham gym follows the liquidation of its branch in Gravesend, which shut in February.

The American-based company has 5,000 franchised locations in 50 countries, with more than 180 of those located across the UK and Ireland.