April 26, 2012
Anytime Fitness Franchise Complaints: Add yours as a comment below! Love the Anytime Fitness franchise? Tell us why!
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Also read: SNAP FITNESS Franchise Complaints
If you are searching for the right franchise opportunity, we hope you brought a shovel.
Even the absolute worst franchise disasters seem to receive high rankings in Entrepreneur and accolades in the mainstream business media.
Do some digging to find out the truth – then post it on UnhappyFranchisee.com for others to see.
Is Anytime Fitness A Great Franchise Bet?
In 2011, CNN.com named Anytime Fitness one of its “10 Great Franchise Bets.”
CNN made this pronouncement based almost solely on Anytime Fitness’ relatively low SBA loan default rate of 2.7%.
CNN wrote: “Anytime Fitness, a chain of gyms, offers customers workouts at their convenience. The clubs are open 24 hours a day. Members can exercise even when a club is not staffed, thanks to proprietary access software, security and surveillance technology.
“Co-founders Dave Mortensen, Chuck Runyon and Jeff Klinger — who has since left the company — opened the first club in 2002 in Cambridge, Minn. Less than 10 years later, there are nearly 1,600 clubs nationwide with more than 1.1 million members.
“More than half of the club owners have more than one location. Running an Anytime Fitness gym involves relatively low overhead, because large numbers of employees are not required. “
“…Of 147 SBA-backed loans between 2005 and 2010, there were just four defaults.
Reports of Anytime Fitness Closings & Franchise Failures
Despite the CNN’s implication that only four Anytime Fitness franchises have failed, a quick Google search reveals a different story.
Anonymous writes Maplewood, MN Anytime Fitness closed yesterday ( 5/25/11 ) and I showed up to exercise since management did not have the courtesy to notify any of the members.
Yelp reports Anytime Fitness – CLOSED 2501 7th St W St Paul, MN 55116
ABC57 reports SOUTH BEND, Ind.– Anytime Fitness is closing its doors at Eddy Street Commons.
Rasmus Auctioneers wrote: Anytime Fitness at Broadlands Center. Rasmus will make a complete liquidation of cardio, excess circuit, plated, strength and excercise equipment, office & business assets by internet only auction
Union County Weekly wrote: Stallings Anytime Fitness on Idlewild Road closed its doors on the last day of the year
Anytime Fitness franchise owners Chad and Jenni Riegel wrote: Dear Anytime Fitness Member, We regret to inform that we are forced to close anytime fitness – New Haven on August 31, 2011.
bcintron wrote: I was a member of the E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV gym for three months, the gym was only open for about 5 months.
We could go on…
Anytime Fitness Franchise Complaints
All is not what it seems. A great concept except ATF wants all the control by making it mandatory to us ABC Financial. ATF owns ABC and this to me is a conflict of interest to the gym owner. As long as they have their hands on your money the only people that make money is them… this is not a easy business and far more difficult than what they try to make it out to be.Plus on average I would say that between the two of them you will be paying about 10-12% of your gross income to them which doesn’t leave much for you.
Bend Over Chuck writes:
BE PREPARED FOR THE MASS CLOSINGS OF BOTH FRANCHISES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. Besides a weak business model and crappy customer service most 24/7 clubs throughout the country are performing business contrary to the current state, county and city laws and regulations. BUYER BEWARE!
The owner of the anytime fitness in Ortley Beach New Jersey had the franchise for about 5 years. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating incurable disease. The franchise could not turn a profit so he had to close down when the franchise license and the lease on the property expired.
How did ANYTIME respond? By harassing the owner, sending threating letters from their scumbag ambulance chasing attorneys and threatening to sue the owner. They sent a private investigator to New Jersey to look for ways to screw the owner further. For what? Instead of letting him close the franchise and move forward with his life, made complicated by multiple sclerosis, these scumbags from anytime and their lowlife lawyers had to harass him and make his life difficult….
Anyone who wants to do business with these lowlife scumbags deserves all the bad experiences they will bring . They are the lowest of the low and don’t deserve to be a part of the American franchise field. They and their lawyers are the lowest form of life on the planet. They are all greedy un-caring scum.
NO HEART, ANYTIME wrote:
This company’s leader is Chuck Runyon CEO. The company is all about one thing and one thing only, MAKING $$$. The owners and management have signed contracts with their franchisees and they are going to enforce the letter of the law! Franchisees are getting screwed and passing this behavior onto their members. It is a vicious cycle. Corporate is making BANK while franchisees are wiping out. It is tragic for all of the franchisees who bought into this business model based on the information AF corporate sales provided. Does anyone really know how many AF’s are even making money?
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