Wellbridge Acquires Maryland Athletic Club at Harbor East
The Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center (MAC), which operates three health and wellness facilities in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, announced the sale of the MAC at Harbor East to Wellbridge, a Denver-based company that operates a family of 19 premium athletic and tennis clubs across the country. The transition was effective July 1, 2015.
In 2000, Wellbridge acquired the Bel-Air Athletic Club in Bel Air, Maryland, and has recently been looking for additional opportunities to expand its brand in the Baltimore area.
“We are excited for the future of the Harbor East club and are delighted to be working with Wellbridge, a quality club operator who we have known for more than 20 years,” said Tim Rhode, the co-founder of the MAC. “They are respected industry veterans and we are confident they will provide a quality experience for our members and offer new opportunities for the dedicated Harbor East team.”
Wellbridge president and CEO Ed Williams added, “MAC Harbor East has been an integral part of the community and we look forward to strengthening this relationship. With a variety of Wellbridge clubs along the East Coast, this will be a great fit.”
The MAC will be assisting Wellbridge over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition for its members and staff. Members that currently have reciprocal use of the other MAC clubs will continue to have that benefit for the next three years.
The MAC at Harbor East opened in September 2007 and currently has more than 3,000 members and approximately 100 full- and part-time employees who will all be continuing in their roles with Wellbridge.
The MAC will continue to operate its flagship club of 19 years in Timonium, Maryland, along with the MAC Express in Hunt Valley, which also opened in September of 2007