Body Renew gyms close in Treasure Valley

Customers are seeking refunds, but not all will get them.

KBOI-TVJuly 11, 2014 

Members are angry after Body Renew Fitness centers around the Treasure Valley suddenly closed their doors Wednesday.

In an email to customers, the company said those who already paid for July will be able to finish out the month at a different nearby gym. The email said those who hadn't been billed before Tuesday won't be billed at all. Those who were billed Wednesday will notice that the transaction will fall off their account within the next few days.

Dozens of customers showed up at locations to find their gyms shut down. Members such as Angela Stewart, of Boise, were frustrated that there wasn't any warning.

"We have a prepaid membership so we are pretty upset, and it's pretty frustrating as a consumer to ride over here a couple of miles, show up and there are no lights on," Stewart said.

Members are also asking for a refund of an annual $25 fee designated for facility improvements. It was charged to customers a week ago, member Liz Burlo said.

"Obviously I feel like that was a rip-off, because it's obviously not being used to improve the facility," Burlo said.

Calls to the owners were not returned.

The Better Business Bureau said that if you have automatic withdrawal, it's important to freeze future charges to your card and contact your bank about the matter.

Other gyms are also helping members who lost out. Some are offering membership at no charge through August. Others are willing to waive any join-up fees and match the customers' old rates.

Body Renew operated two gyms in Boise, two in Meridian and one in Star.

The Idaho Statesman contributed.

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