Faith Wind joined Shapes to exercise with fellow women, but come July 31st, the gym she's grown to love is closing its doors.
"None of the members are happy," she said. "We got rumors about a month ago."
Rumors that the location Swann Avenue is going from workout to check-out. It's expected to become the first Trader Joe's in Tampa. While that's popular with many, it isn't with Wind.
"I don't know what I'll use that because I come for the pool," she said.
She and other members do have options: they can go to any other Shapes in the area, and there are 10 other locations.
They can also go to Calta's Fitness Center on Gandy, according to a letter sent by Shapes' management.
There are a couple problems though, Shapes' customers say:
1. Calta's isn't female only, and
2. The other Shapes locations aren't that close. For example, the Carrollwood location is more than 10 miles away, about a 30 minute drive.
"It is miles out of the way and you're hitting it in rush hour traffic," Wind said.
The Florida state Division of Consumer Services provides certain protections for gym members in case their facility closes. Matt Midyett, co-owner of Powerhouse Gym explains.
"If their facility closes or relocates, if they relocate and don't provide a facility within five miles of the old facility, they can get a refund," Midyett said.
He says before joining a gym, it's a good idea to do some research first.
"Look for a gym that's well-known, that has good staying power," he said.
Meanwhile, Wind says she'll stay with Shapes, despite the inconvenience. And don't expect her to be first in line at the future store.
"Doesn't matter to me, I'd rather they have a membership with the gym," she said.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Follow this link to the Division of Consumer Services' website, where they summarize what your rights are when you join a gym, and what your rights are if the gym closes: http://www.800helpfla.com/healthstudio_text.html
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