Bally's Members Still Paying Dues For Closed Gym

Ten miles isn’t always a quick or easy trip. That’s the message that the former members of a Bally’s club in Vancouver, Wash. want to get across to the chain after their local branch closed with little to no notice. Bally’s claims that they don’t need to end contracts or refund members’ dues since there is another Bally’s within ten miles of the club, but the drive tops half an hour for some customers—not exactly convenient.

“I didn’t want to drive 30 to 40 minutes away for another gym,” said Ken Gregg, a former member. “Ninety percent of the time I ride my bike here … I’m two blocks away.”

Most of the “former” members just want Bally’s to refund them their fees, so they can find a new place for their lifestyle.

“I wish they’d come back or open,” Moore said. “I’d rather have a club then my money. But if they’re not going to open the club, then I’d like a refund so I could join somewhere else.”

Is this ten miles rule reasonable or fair in all areas? Would a ten- or fifteen-minute drive be a more reasonable standard?

Vancouver Bally’s gym closed, members still paying [KATU] (Thanks, Hillary!)