After 47 Years, The Claremont Club to Permanently Close due to COVID-19
The Claremont Club announced on July 30 through a Facebook post it will be closing its doors permanently as of August 1.
The statement, written by Mike Alpert, the president and CEO of The Claremont Club, explained the club’s true desire has been to continue with what Stan Clark started in 1973. However, the financial cost incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of almost 1,200 memberships during their closures left them with no alternative but to close their doors.
“Delivering this message is so very difficult as I have come to know many of you personally over the past 23 years,” said Alpert, in the post. “I have been able to see your children grow up; the many friendships forged; witnessed the powerful effect that exercise and socialization have had on your overall quality of life; and the hope, acceptance and possibilities that our club has had on people struggling with chronic injuries and chronic illnesses.”
According to The Claremont Club, the club intends to reimburse all members whose dues were drafted in April, as well as any money accepted for summer camps not held; pre-paid personal training, Pilates, or private swim lessons as soon as possible, but no later than when the property is sold.
“It is important for you to know how grateful all of us are to you, our valued members who have supported us over so many years,” said Alpert, in the post. “We understand that for many of you the club has become your second home and that the closure will be as devastating to you as it is to us.”
In a letter Alpert wrote to his staff and shared with Club Solutions, he stated he wanted them to know he did everything in his power to avoid this and to be able to continue operations, including exhausting every possible option with their bank and with government assistance.
“I have been truly blessed to have worked side-by-side with you, whom I consider to be the most dedicated and talented managers and staff in the fitness industry,” said Alpert, in the letter to his employees. “Because of your efforts the club has been recognized all over the world for being a leader in health club inclusivity and exercise is medicine.”
Alpert said in the coming weeks and months he is going to continue to work with managers and staff to look for future employment opportunities, and will also be available by email or phone to speak with any member who may have concerns or questions.
You can read the full statement, here.