[KHTS] – Fitness Compound, on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, closed on Wednesday after three years in business.
The gym’s telephone number, 661-347-1111, was still active as of Monday at 10:30 a.m., and customers who call will hear a recorded apology and information for those who still have active memberships with the gym.
“It is with great regret that we are forced to close our doors, effective immediately,” the recording said. “We have arranged for all of our memberships to be honored at the Santa Clarita Athletic Club.”
One customer of Fitness Compound, who had been a member since January, expressed frustration at the unexpected closure.
She chose Fitness Compound because it was close to home, and said that if she had wanted to drive across town to go to the gym, she would have joined Santa Clarita Athletic Club in Newhall in the first place.
She attended her regular boot camp class on Monday and returned on Wednesday to find Fitness Compound closed.
Previously, she had been pleased with the gym and the classes it offered.
Fitness Compound posted a message on their Facebook page, stating that the business had been blindsided by an investor and forced out of business.
“After three and a half years in business and massive investments in both time and capital we are forced to close our doors,” the post said. “Over the past few months we had secured additional financing to initiate needed improvements and to fund ongoing operations… We had even more improvements planned, but learned a few days ago that the investment we had secured had been terminated.”
Fitness Compound commented further in response to customers expressing disappointment on Facebook.
“The last thing in the world I wanted to do was close. It is mentally (and) physically killing me,” the comment said. “I was blindsided by an investor. Not sure why…my investor decided to shut the doors and not pay for these improvements. I live here with most of the Compound family, he lives in Philly, doesn’t care about what just happened. Wearing your shoes I would be upset as well, I would like you to see my side prior to judging my intentions. I’m very sorry this happened. Please accept my (humblest) apologies.”
A note to the same effect was posted on Fitness Compound’s front door.
An employee who answered the phone at Santa Clarita Athletic Club didn’t have any information on the closure and said that the deal with Fitness Compound had been conducted by the Club’s out-of-state owner.
He confirmed that Santa Clarita Athletic Club, which is on Wiley Canyon Road in Newhall, is accepting Fitness Compound memberships.
Fitness Compound, which had a 4.5-star rating on Yelp, opened in 2010 and provided an “innovative combination of fitness, martial arts and sports performance training,” according to their Yelp profile.
Their website, FitCompound.com, now redirects to the Santa Clarita Athletic Club website.
“We want to thank our amazing members, instructors and staff for their support over the last three years,” the recording said.
For more information about the Santa Clarita Athletic Club, call 661-255-3365 or click here.