Weakened finances

Fitness giant permanently closes 11 Dallas-Fort Worth gyms amid bankruptcy

Fitness giant closes 11 Dallas-Fort Worth gyms amid bankruptcy

24 Hour Fitness gym
24 Hour Fitness says its in bad shape due to the novel coronavirus. 24 Hour Fitness/Facebook

Still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 24 Hour Fitness chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection June 15 and has permanently closed more than 130 locations in the U.S., including 11 throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.

The gyms that have shut down permanently are:

  • 5901 Golden Triangle, Fort Worth
  • 6601 N.E. Loop 820, North Richland Hills
  • 2100 Plaza Pkwy., Bedford
  • 2407 W. Airport Frwy., Irving
  • 5706 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas
  • 7622 Campbell Rd., Dallas
  • 3050 N. Josey Ln., Carrollton
  • 4600 W. Park Blvd., Plano
  • 3865 Preston Rd., Frisco
  • 213 N. Hwy. 67, Cedar Hill
  • 724 W. Main St., Lewisville

Twenty remaining gyms in the area are reopening this month and next month. (Find those here.) Members may work out at any reopened location throughout 2020.

“If it were not for COVID-19 and its devastating effects, we would not be filing for Chapter 11. 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,” Tony Ueber, CEO of San Ramon, California-based 24 Hour Fitness, says in a release.

In a letter to customers, Ueber says the gyms that have been shut down permanently were either outdated or were close to other 24 Hour Fitness locations. The company still operates about 300 gyms in the U.S.

In May, 24 Hour Fitness rival Gold’s Gym International, based in Dallas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a result of its financial troubles, Gold’s shuttered three of its Dallas-area locations in May.

In addition to the 11 DFW closures, 24 Hour Fitness has permanently closed three gyms in the Austin area and 12 locations in the Houston area.