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Cheetah Gym Closing Its Edgewater Location, Expanding Andersonville Club

cheetah-1Cheetah Gym Chicago will be officially closing its Edgewater location at 5838 N. Broadway Ave. on Nov. 30, 2015, after nearly a decade in business. The kid’s gym and classes at that location will end on Oct. 31, 2015.

In a heartfelt letter to its Edgewater members, Cheetah Gym management expressed the sorrow over the closure and thanked everyone for years of patronage and support. According to the letter, all memberships will automatically transfer to the Andersonville location one mile away at 5248 N. Clark St.

Cheetah Gym Chicago General Manager Angie Frank explained that they tried to keep the club open as long as they could. Unfortunately, new corporate gyms in the area offered rock bottom pricing that she could not match. “The competition over the last year has changed dramatically and, unfortunately, due to the financial loss, we were unable to keep it going,” she said. “We tried to give it a full year, but found it very hard to compete with corporate rates.”

Frank admitted that other local small gyms in the area are feeling the heat as well. Last year, Know No Limits shut its doors after memberships drastically dropped just months after the new LA Fitness opened nearby.

Luckily for Cheetah Gym, the Andersonville location’s membership has stayed fairly strong since it opened. It will be opening a kid’s gym there in early November and will be expanding its Group X schedule to include many of the classes that were only offered at Edgewater.

“The Andersonville location has been a thriving business for the past 16 years,” Frank said. “So we are looking forward to expanding that gym. We will be adding new equipment, new cardio, a Cheetah Crossfit, a new functional training/Olympic lifting space and doubling our classrooom size.”

Cheetah Gym management agreed that their biggest concern was the people, both employees and members. Most of Cheetah Gym Edgewater’s staff will be transitioned to the other locations.

“Our members know that when they walk through our doors, they will always see friendly faces and people they know,” Frank said. “We have always been a community focused gym that gives back to the neighborhood. It makes me sad to see a business I care about so deeply close in a community I love.”

Cheetah announced that if any of the members want to cancel their memberships, they need to do so in person to either the Andersonville or Edgewater locations. “If for whatever reasons someone chooses not to stay with Cheetah Gym, I do hope they consider joining another local small business instead,” Frank said.

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