Since the early ’90s, DavidBartonGym has strived to create a “landscape for the senses” for its gym-goers. It was on the forefront of the ‘gym as nightclub’ movement, which made it popular among New York City’s queer elite. But many DavidBartonGyms throughout the country have apparently ceased operations as of yesterday, locking up and leaving notes on the door and emails in the inboxes of patrons.
Page Six reports that celebs including Anderson Cooper, Daniel Craig and Nick Jonas were among the gym’s clients.
With no notice, some gym members didn’t even have the chance to retrieve their belongings out of their lockers.
Here’s the email that was sent to gym-goers:
We are very sorry to inform you that Club Ventures, which owns and operates certain DavidBartonGym facilities, is discontinuing operations at facilities in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, and Bellevue, effective immediately. We deeply regret that your club location is included in this group and is now closed.
The difficult decision to close was necessitated by changing forces in the fitness industry, including the rise of boutique studios and tremendous competitive pricing pressures in these markets. The company could no longer sustain its operations given the current competitive environment.
We deeply regret any hardship or inconvenience this situation may cause you. There was simply no other answer but to close these facilities. You will have an opportunity at a future date and time to retrieve any personal items that may remain in your gym locker.
David Barton himself has not been the head of the gym empire since 2013, when DavidBartonGym was sold to Club Ventures due to financial issues. In March, he opened a new 40,000-square-foot gym in midtown Manhattan called TMPL (pictured above).
Locations in Las Vegas, L.A. and Honolulu—which are owned by a separate legal entity, Meridian Sports Club, LLC—have remained open.
(Featured photo: DavidBartonGym / © Al Powers, PowersImagery.com)