Popular Mansfield gym will close today after company goes into administration

A popular Mansfield gym became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic today after members of DW Fitness First Mansfield gym were informed it will close after 8pm tonight.

By Kev Rogers
Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 1:31 pm

The news follows the announcement yesterday that Gym and sports retailer DW Sports is to go into administration with 1,700 jobs at risk.

An email to a customer posted on the gym’s Facebook Page, said that following the onset of Covid-19 the future viability of the DW Sports business has become materially uncertain due to the enforced closure of both the gym portfolio and the stores on 20th March and 23rd March 2020 respectively.

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It adds: “This extremely challenging business environment has unfortunately resulted in Dave Whelan Sports Limited being placed into administration and Graham Newton and Ryan Grant partners in BDO LLP have been appointed as the joint administrators.

“This administration impacts all of our DW Sports retail stores and some gyms. Fitness First remains a separate company and its 43 clubs are unaffected by the administration of DW Sports.

“Unfortunately our Mansfield Gym will be closing.

“It is our intention to work with the administrators to ensure a number of our sites remain operational in the long term, however we regret to inform you that your gym at Mansfield will close for business at 8pm on Tuesday 4th August.”

Members have been informed the club has not collected their August direct debits and if they wish to transfer to another club that is remaining open they can.

The Chad contacted Fitness First Gym on Portland Retail park but they would not comment on the situation.

The company was founded by former Wigan athletic owner Dave Whelan with 73 gyms and 75 stores around the UK.

Its website has ceased trading and It plans to close all of its retail sites for good.

The email adds: “This has clearly been a very difficult decision for the business, in many of the areas we have become a real part of the fitness community and we thank the staff and our customers for the many years we have enjoyed at each and every site.”

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