CURVES: Outspoken Franchisee to Close Club

curvesign201fbOutspoken Curves for Women critic and franchise owner Robert Lay will close the doors of his Las Vegas club this Friday.  Robert Lay’s journey as a Curves Owner is chronicled and discussed on Unhappy Franchisee (Read CURVES: Robert Lay’s Story)

Writes one of the Las Vegas Curves members:

… as members we are surely sorry that they had to close as it was a beautiful club and we will all miss it very much. The owners were excellent and the trainers were all very nice and motivating. It is a shame that the franchisor has turned out to so crooked. We had no idea that there home offices were treating the franchises like that. Shame on them and we all hope the best for the owners in their future endeavors.

We send Robert and Kareen Lay our condolences for the closing of their business of 20 years, and wish them the best of luck in future endeavors.

ABC News 10 reports of another Curves closing in Olivehurst, CA:

OLIVEHURST, CA – The doors are locked and a sign posted outside tells members that the Curves in Olivehurst is closed.

The fitness club for women abruptly closed over the weekend after the franchise owner failed to pay the rent, according to Ben Bhangu, co-owner of the McGowan Parkway Plaza where Curves was located.

Members visiting Curves on Monday were surprised by the closure. They said the owner, reported to be Charlyece Randal, never indicated that she was about to close her business.

“We talked to her Saturday and everything and she never said she was going out of business at that time,” said Gloria Nelson, who added that she paid her $34 monthly membership dues last Thursday.

Efforts to contact Randal were unsuccessful.

The corporate office for Curves told News10 that because franchises are privately owned, members will need to seek reimbursement of dues from Randal. The memberships are also transferable to other Curves in the region.

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