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Retro Fitness hits muscle failure in Buckhead, won't recover

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Retro Fitness hits muscle failure in Buckhead, won't recover

Fitness center to close its doors Nov. 23 and relocate members to Smyrna.

Retro Fitness members are getting a different kind of deal this Black Friday.

The Buckhead gym is offering its members access to the Smyrna Retro Fitness once it closes for good on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, according to a letter mailed to patrons Friday.

"Unfortunately, we can no longer operate our gym...," Robbie Sprechman, Retro Fitness' CFO, said in the letter. "Pursuant to Georgia law, we will be transferring your membership..."

Julie R., a member of Retro Fitness in Buckhead, voiced her concerns with the fitness center's closing in a Yelp post Sunday:

...Members are being told that their memberships are being transferred to their Smyrna location (of course, Smyrna is in no way convenient for anyone living in Buckhead!).

Members who wish to cancel their membership are being told that they will still have to pay for December, because 30 days notice is required for cancellation.

I'm sure most of us would have done that had we actually been given 30 days notice of the closing.

My emails to their corporate office have gone unanswered, except for an automated response that a representative would contact me shortly by phone. It's been three days and I'm still waiting...

Like Julie, What Now Atlanta hasn't had luck reaching Retro Fitness for comment.


Retro Fitness

3050 Peachtree Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305
Caleb J. Spivak
Caleb Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

5 responses to “Retro Fitness hits muscle failure in Buckhead, won't recover

  1. I'm just going to assume they closed because no one wanted to get eye-raped every time they walked into that hideous place. Looking at that photo was like gazing into the Ark of the Covenant. I nearly melted.

  2. it was like stepping inside the mcdonalds sign in vegas every time you walked in, but it was a good & inexpensive gym. shitty that they're closing without enough notice for us to cancel our memberships without having to pay for a month when the only convenient gym to us isn't even open. updates would be appreciated.

  3. The good news is, you can't cancel without driving out there and filling out physical paperwork. Retro indeed. I asked if I could send a letter Pony Express and they said their system is not advanced enough to accept "letters." To be fair, every gym pulls this crap about cancellations, but it don't make it right.

  4. All the Retro Fitness of Florida locations have gone out of business except one. They are not much in the way of gyms, usually very small compared to L.A. Fitness, and they are open about the same or less. The one near me would routinely close early when ever the employees wanted to go home.

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