Troubled Boston Sports Clubs abruptly closes several of its gyms

Members of Boston Sports Clubs got unwelcome news: that three locations were closing, effective Thursday.

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The gym is closing its Bradford, Canton and West Newton locations. Members of BSC Canton received an email about the news. Some members at all three locations were notified by staff when they went to work out on Wednesday.

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“Attention BSC Canton members,” the email read. “Thank you for your commitment to health and fitness at our club, unfortunately, our time at BSC Canton will conclude on September 30th 2020.”

BSC Canton said members can test out WOW in Norwood during the month of October, which will be waiving all cancel terms over the next 30 days.

“While we are deeply saddened of our departure your health and wellness are still of paramount importance to us and we are hopeful this relocation allows a seamless transition,” the email said.

In September, the owner of Boston Sports Clubs filed for bankruptcy protection, adding to the frustrations of its customer base amid the coronavirus pandemic. Town Sports International, the parent company for Boston Sports Clubs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sept. 14.

There are 28 Boston Sports Clubs in Massachusetts, and one location in Rhode Island.

In a statement on its website posted earlier this month, the company said they’re not going out of business and their facilities will operate as usual, adding that members should not notice any changes.

Boston Sports Clubs came under fire at the start of the pandemic for charging members after they shut down and laid off staff.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office got involved after several members complained about the company’s practices.

BSC members received an email from the gym Sept. 13, saying all members will be receiving 45 days of credit toward membership dues and/or services.

According to records from bankruptcy court, the parent company of Boston Sports Clubs has filed a motion asking permission to reject the leases at 33 gym locations in several states, including at least seven in Massachusetts.

The judge has not yet ruled on the motion, and a hearing is set for Oct. 14.


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