New gym owners on damage control duty
A new gym will open its doors in Del Mar on May 1.
The Gym in Del Mar, as it’s called, fills a gaping hole in service left in January of this year when Del Mar Workout abruptly closed its doors at the same location without notice to its members or employees.
“We’re going to do our best to make amends to those that have been hurt” by the abrupt closure of Del Mar Workout, said Mitch McIntyre, who was tapped to manage the 11,100-square-foot gym.
He said The Gym in Del Mar is offering some “concessions” to those who were “burned” by the previous owners.
A month-to-month membership option is available. McIntyre said it’s one way to rebuild trust in the community.
“We just want to ensure the community that the same situation won’t occur,” said Laura Rose Civilikas, who with Rachel Thomas of Del Mar, makes up CT Gym – the parent company of The Gym in Del Mar.
Civilikas said CT Gym won’t get to the point the previous owners, Dave and Sonya Stauffer, reached when on the morning of Jan. 16 members arrived at the gym to find this message: “We wholeheartedly regret to inform you that Del Mar Workout has closed its doors for good as of 12:01 a.m. on 12/16/09.”
The message went on to read: “This is a decision that did not come easy. We apologize for no notice but we were left with no other choice.”
Louis Uridel, a personal trainer for Del Mar Workout, said he received a text message at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Jan. 15 about the closure. He went to the gym about 1 a.m. to clean out his locker, and on the way there he said he saw a U-Haul truck followed by the gym owners’ car.
When he got to the gym, Uridel said more than half of the equipment had been removed, including a television, dumbbells and spin bikes.
Attempts were unsuccessful to contact the Stauffers.
“It was disturbing to a lot of people,” McIntyre said of the sudden closure.
CT Gym bought back some of the equipment repossessed by the bank that the Stauffers had left. McIntyre said he is essentially hiring an entirely new staff and is cleaning, repainting and reorganizing the facility.
He said many people have stopped in or commented on the gym’s Web site about the return of a gym in Del Mar.
“The response has been greater than we anticipated,” McIntyre, who worked as the personal training director for the previous two owners, said. “We were surprised by that. A month before we were set to open our doors people would see the sign and stop in.”
McIntyre will oversee day-to-day operations. He said he is open to suggestions from the community.
Before the May 1 opening, McIntyre is holding “office hours” from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Pre-sale membership is available through April 30. The Gym in Del Mar is at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Ste. 115.
For more information, visit www.thegymindelmar.com or call 755-0496.
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