Gym Reopening: Gym Reopenings Set For December 30 (Updated)The gym that opened in 2009 is set to reopen for a month in an effort to ease the pressure on staff who had to move from a building that was recently shut down.
The gym, which closed in 2014, is currently housed at 623 E. Main St. in Los Angeles, according to a statement from the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Works Department.
The move comes amid an unprecedented wave of layoffs at gyms across the country as employers increasingly turn to the internet to recruit staff and boost the bottom line.
Gym reopening is a key issue in the upcoming elections.
On Thursday, voters will head to the polls in California’s most populous state.
California is home to the nation’s most expensive gym industry, which employs nearly 200,000 people, according the National Association of Gymnastics Clubs.
The number of gyms in California grew by 17 percent in the last five years, according a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the company that runs the facility has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing the “financial impact” of layoffs and the company’s decision to close the gym in the first place.
The Times said the city of Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy protection last year after it paid nearly $2 million in legal fees and $8 million in fines for violating city regulations.
The LA Times report said the Los Vegas-based company, which operates a variety of gym-type facilities in California, also owes $8.8 million to its former landlord, Los Angeles Fitness LLC.
The company had about $1.7 million in assets at the time of bankruptcy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.