Tilton Fitness, operated by Hackensack Meridian Fitness & Wellness, is closing its Brick location and 6 others, the corporate announced.
BRICK, NJ — Tilton Fitness, which operated seven gyms throughout New Jersey, is closing all of its locations, including one in Brick, thanks to financial difficulties related to the coronavirus outbreak.
The gyms, operated by Hackensack Meridian Health, had 20,000 members and had been operational for quite 30 years, with locations in Manahawkin, Jackson, Northfield, Hazlet and Galloway, and Edgewater in Bergen County additionally to the Brick location.
They were set to open a replacement fitness center in Atlantic City , consistent with their website.
All of the gyms will close permanently as of Dominion Day , the corporate said.
“Unfortunately, like other fitness centers across the country, our facilities are hit hard by the mandatory closures thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing us to form this difficult decision,” said Sam Young, president and CEO of Hackensack Meridian Fitness & Wellness.
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Governor Phil Murphy has kept gyms and fitness centers closed since mid-March due to coronavirus orders. He has not provided a date for once they will reopen but said Wednesday that he will allow individualized training sessions by appointment.
Researchers have stated gyms can pose a high risk for spreading the coronavirus due to the moist, warm air combined with a turbulent air be due exercising during a confined space, consistent with Healthline.
But some gyms round the state have defied Murphy’s orders and opened their doors with certain safeguards. Read more: NJ Gym Owner Leads Movement To Open Businesses Monday
Additionally, the owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr were once at the middle of latest Jersey’s discussion to reopen businesses. The owners filed a federal lawsuit against state officials over Murphy’s stay-at-home orders. Read more: South Jersey Gym Owners That Defied Murphy’s Order File Lawsuit
Here is Young’s full letter about the closure of Tilton Fitness:
Dear Tilton Fitness Members,
I am writing to share some difficult news. Tilton Fitness Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health are going to be permanently closing its doors on Dominion Day , 2020.
Unfortunately, like other fitness centers across the country, our facilities are hit hard by the mandatory closures thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing us to form this difficult decision.
i would like to precise my deepest gratitude to all or any of you for your loyalty to the Tilton Fitness organization over the years and to our hard-working staff who worked tirelessly to support you on your health and wellness journey.
At Tilton Fitness, we’ve always prioritized our members and guests. We were committed to changing people’s lives by promoting total health and wellness and providing the simplest customer experience possible. Our seven fitness centers serving roughly 20,000 members represent a lifetime of effort and devotion. As you would possibly imagine, this announcement is heartbreaking. you’re the maximum amount of a neighborhood of our life as Tilton Fitness was a part of yours. you’ve got our deep and sincere appreciation.
Some of you’ll have questions regarding your membership. Please understand that it’ll take a while for us to reply to all or any inquiries. To the extent that you simply have any questions or concerns, we’ll be providing you the contact information of the individual who are going to be assigned to oversee the orderly dissolution within the next few days.
I have always believed we are quite a gym — we are a community. A community I deeply look after . A community i will be able to sadly miss.
President and CEO
Hackensack Meridian Fitness & Wellness
Reporting by Josh Bakan, Patch staff