NY1 For You: Queens Gym Closes Without Warning, Members Say
Getting their money back has been a workout for some Queens residents whose gym shut down without notice. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
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Grandmother and granddaughter Roberta Gebhardt and Caitlin Mangan used to work out together at the Pulse gym in Sunnyside, Queens until one day when they couldn't get in.
"She came home and she said, 'The gym is closed.' And I said, 'That's impossible. I was just there.' She said, 'No there's a big sign on the door stating that they were closed,'" recalled Gebhardt.
It was especially shocking to Mangan who had just signed up for a year membership at the end of last month.
"I was angry more or less because it's like if you pretty much knew you were closing down and you knew you had issues with your landlord why would you take my money?" Mangan said.
The cost of membership: $130 for the year. According to members, the gym simply closed its doors without contacting them.
"There was a letter posted saying there was issues between landlord and tenant," Mangan said.
On a recent visit, NY1's cameras captured equipment being moved out yet members say they still have not heard anything from the gym.
NY1 tried to reach the owner of the franchise for comment but have not heard back.
However, the station did hear from the landlord of the building Shore Family Real Estate.
The owner tells NY1 he evicted Pulse because they had not paid rent for seven to eight months. He went on to say he too has been trying to track down the owner without success.
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