July 29, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we write to you to let you know that Seattle Fitness will no longer be able to remain in business. While facing a global pandemic and not being able to make ends meet until Phase 3, we cannot continue to run our business at a financial loss. The bulk of our membership revenue dollars come from many of the larger business memberships in our area. These businesses are not returning to the neighborhood until January of 2021. Without this revenue, it is no longer viable to carry our business expenses. Sadly, after the club’s 36 years, we must close our doors forever.
First and foremost, our hearts go out to any of you who have been impacted with the virus, directly or indirectly. We remain inspired by all the frontline workers who face the pandemic head on and risk their own lives to save others.
To date, our employees and their families remain safe. We have been able to pay our employees their regular wages until last week, when we had to lay everyone off. This was the first in a series of very hard choices.
There is nothing you need to do to cancel your membership. For those of you that rent personal lockers from us, please contact us via the email below to set up a time in August to come collect your personal belongings.
We know that fitness equipment is hard to come by right now. We plan to sell our equipment and contents of our space in the month of August. Some of the bigger pieces will be sold in a lot to a broker. Many of the smaller items will be sold to our members and neighbors who want a few items for home workouts. Keep checking our website (seattlefitness.com) for information on sales dates and times in August. All sales will be final and sold with no guarantees/warranties. We will accept cash, cashier’s checks, or personal checks. No credit cards, please. We need to save as much money as possible to pay outstanding bills.
For those of you who had prepaid some months of membership, rolling your dues forward for when we reopened, we have mailed you your refund check. Please cash the check before the end of September, as we will close out our account soon. If you do not want your refund, we will happily accept the money as a donation to our closing costs. All you need to do is shred the check and send me an email along with your name and check number and I will remove it from our ledger. We know money is tight these days so please, no pressure. Either way works for us.
We want to THANK each and every one of you for being a member of our special place we called “the club” but really was so much more to so many. We will miss you, your kids, your parents, your partners, your brothers and sisters, and the lives that you shared with us. It is hard to close the door on such happy and fulfilling work and such wonderful members as yourselves. You will be dearly missed.
Sandy & I live in Pioneer Square so we may run into you in the months ahead. It would be great to see your faces, well, part of your faces. Keep those masks on, please. In the meantime, stay safe, stay health, stay positive.
Yours in health and fitness,