Monday, August 31, 2015

FitnessSF Shuts Grove & Market Street Gym Over High Rent

[CORRECTION: I got the name wrong. It's Fitness Evolution, not FitnessSF.]

On my way to the Grove Street entrance to the main branch of the San Francisco public library this afternoon, I passed what used to be the very busy FitnessSF gym. It also had a window and door on Market Street between 8th and 9th Streets.

Noticing the empty space on both levels of the workout facility and lack of folks exercising, I walked in to what use to be the front desk area. That's were a sign was posted with this info:

"Attention Members and Guest, due to the high real estate rents in the San Francisco market Fitness Evolution has decided to close this location effective August 25th, 2015. ... We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your business. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact management. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to making this a positive experience."

Contact info for management was nowhere to be found but maybe members will enjoy working out at the other location.

I'm not so sure the real estate market is the cause of the FitnessSF closure in a very dicey and foul-smelling area of Civic Center. The Turkish restaurant and bodega store on Grove Street are doing just fine, according to the owners whom I spoke with today.

Frankly, seems quite odd another FitnessSF facility is just three blocks away and maybe the area just couldn't sustain two venues.

Let's see if and when another business takes over the lease.

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