Gymgoers heading over to the David Barton Gym on Astor Place (and other locations) were surprised/shocked/pissed to learn that the facility is permanently closed.
The sign for gymgoers notes that they "ceased operations due to competitive market conditions."
Gym members received an email in the middle of the night, per one EVG reader:
An EVG reader shared this email that sent to members of Cyc Fitness, which had a studio inside the Astor Place David Barton...
David Barton, who opened the clubs in the early 1990s, reportedly stepped away from the business in 2013.
The Astor Place location opened in 2009. The space was previously a Barnes & Noble.
David Barton Gyms have yet to make any official announcement about the closure, per NewNowNext.
Here's the official statement via the company website:
“DavidBartonGym has discontinued operations at its locations in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, and Bellevue, Wash., effective immediately. All affected employees and clients are being notified.
However, all DavidBartonGym facilities in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the Island Club & Spa in Honolulu will remain open and operating as usual. These locations are owned by a separate legal entity, Meridian Sports Club, LLC, and are in markets that are more favorable to the company’s business model. Clients and staff will see no changes.
The company deeply regrets this final action, but due to severe competitive pressures, particularly in New York, it has become impossible for these locations to continue. DavidBartonGym greatly appreciates the past patronage of its clients and support of its staff and training professionals.”
Reps for rival gyms were outside the Astor Place location today offering deals to now-former Dave Baron members, per DNAinfo.
Updated 10 p.m.
The Post reports that the closure left 369 gym employees without jobs in the city.