1,000 left without a gym as Fenton's Klick Fitness closes after just 12 months
A DISCOUNT gym has announced its closure just 12 months after opening.
More than 1,000 members signed up for Klick Fitness when it opened last September following a £1 million refurbishment.
The club, in Victoria Road, Fenton, replaced former gym Fitness First, which closed in June 2011.
But now the 'no frills' club, on Ravenside Retail Park, will close for the last time on Wednesday, October 3.
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A club spokesman gave no reason for the sudden closure or indicated what would happen to staff.
The spokesman added: "We regret to inform our members that Klick Fitness will close on October 3.
"We apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause. It is with huge regret that we have to close the club and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our loyal members that we have worked out with over the years.
"We would urge anyone who has pre-paid memberships or would like to find out how to undertake any outstanding sessions with our personal trainers to contact us."
The gym, which has nine other branches around the country, offered 40 personal training sessions a week, boot camps, Zumba classes and spinning.
Gym-user Tessa Plimley used Klick Fitness up to five times a week. The 28-year-old, of Northwood, said: "I was a member at Fitness First so when it closed down and re-opened as Klick Fitness, I decided to sign back up again.
"I was initially attracted to it because of the cheap prices, but once I started going more and more I really liked it. It's very clean and the equipment is good. The staff are really friendly too, which makes it a great place to go. Everyone I've spoken to is gutted because it is such a good gym."
Fifty-year-old Diane Pestridge, of Trentham, became a member at Klick Fitness at the beginning of the year.
She said: "It is really good value for money, the equipment is simple and the staff are really friendly and helpful. One of the main reasons I chose that gym was because of the variety of classes they had on offer."
Fellow member, 21-year-old Ryan Cole, of Meir Hay, added: "I was originally a Fitness First member then the changeover happened making it a Klick.
"It was less than half the price so I wasn't expecting much from it to be honest, but it was far better than before.
"The atmosphere in there is great. The staff are more than willing to go out of their way to help and it's a real shame to see it close.
"I'm gutted about it. I learned so much and changed my whole perspective towards training. I will struggle to find another gym with that kind of atmosphere."
Gym members who have outstanding sessions or pre-paid memberships should contact Klick Fitness on 08445 713 400.