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“I feel sorry for the staff because they do work hard and it was a friendly club. The people there were really helpful and there was no stuffiness there.
“Apparently there was an uproar in the club when people heard. It was a busy club and it will be missed.”
Poole based Fitness First, which runs 417 centres across the UK, Germany, Australia and Asia, announced earlier this year it had entered a company voluntary agreement (CVA) to sell 67 of its British clubs as part of a restructuring to save the business.
The chain was saved from administration when landlords agreed to slash rents by around 70 per cent in a deal that saw its 600million of debt wiped out.
But last month it posted a pre tax loss of 671.5million for the 12 months to October 2011, compared with a loss of 82.9million for the year before.
Fitness First confirmed the Southampton branch, which has been open since 1998 and has 2,364 members, is closing on December 12 as part of the chain’s restructuring.
Amongst the personal trainers at the gym is world champion bodybuilder Marina Cornwall.
In letters sent to members, bosses apologised to customers for the short notice ahead of the closure and promised refunds for anyone who has pre paid their subscriptions.