Athletic Club downsizing fitness center, owner says
Competition, economy reasons for decision
The 30-year-old Grand Junction Athletic Club’s fitness facility will close its doors Friday and move to a smaller location.
The club’s Day Spa and Salon and its Healing and Educational Center will remain at the current building, 2515 Foresight Circle, “for now,” owner Vicky Thurlow said.
Thurlow reclaimed the athletic club late last year after the owner to whom she sold the business failed to pay rent.
Eventually, Thurlow intends to move out all the aspects of the familiar club and allow the owner of the building in Foresight Park to lease the entire structure.
“It’s been an amazing day,” Thurlow said.
People who were aware of the change visited and “We haven’t had any angry people,” she said. “They understand.”
During the business’ three decades, new competition has moved in, often charging lower rates.
Local changes in the economy also “really changed the complexion of the business,” she said.
The fitness center will reopen next week as The Edge in a building attached to the Colorado Printing Co. building off Horizon Drive.
No doubt the center is downsizing, Thurlow said, but the new location will be more intimate and personal.
“Everyone on the staff has been amazing,” and did all they could to keep the fitness center afloat, she said.
The business model, however, no longer was working and the building was aging, she said.
So, “People will adapt,” Thurlow said, “and we’ll move on.”