There's one less place to work out in the Tri-Cities since 509 Fitness in Kennewick closed its doors on Monday.
Calls to the business went unanswered Tuesday.
A message on the answering machine echoed what the sign on the front door says, "That it's with great sadness and regret that effective immediately 509 Fitness has had to close."
The messages say the club closed because of a drop in membership, a rise in major expenses and the saturation of the market by fitness clubs. It had been open since 2008.
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The signs and voice mail message tell members who are owed money to expect a refund within 14 business days.
Anyone who has personal lockers at the center can send an email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to collect their belongings.
Another sign on the door urges members to contact Hansen Park Fitness in Kennewick where owner Tom Ammerman has agreed to waive joining fees for former 509 Fitness members.
The same offer is being extended at Broadmoor Fitness in Pasco, also owned by Ammerman, said JR Cuevas, sales manager. He added, "The two gyms are not affiliated with 509 Fitness at all."
Although it only has been two days since 509 Fitness closed about a dozen former members already have signed up at Broadmoor, Cuevas said. A similar number have taken advantage of the offer at Hansen Park.
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