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UPDATE: Fitness Factory in Seven Fields Shutting Doors, Anytime Fitness No Longer Moving In

After 15 years in Seven Fields, the locally-owned Fitness Factory closes Dec. 7.

Fitness Factory is closing its doors after 15 years in Seven Fields.

Located in the Phoenix Plaza on Route 228, the Fitness Factory's last day is Friday, Dec. 7.

Anytime Fitness, a national gym franchise with more than 2,000 clubs across the world, had been scheduled to move into the space. After reconstruction, the opening date for the new facility was set for April 2013.

An Anytime Fitness representative said the company still plans to open a location in the area, but not at the Fitness Factory.

"At this time, we cannot comment any further," he said.

Up until just recently, plans were moving forward for Anytime Fitness to take over the building. During the construction period, Fitness Factory members were invited to use the Anytime Fitness in Butler for free during staffed hours.  

Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour, seven day per week facility. According to the company website, the gyms feature state-of-the-art security systems.

Other amenities include tanning and cutting-edge strength training and cardio equipment. Members also will have access to other Anytime Fitness gyms at no extra cost. Locally, Anytime Fitness has locations in Butler, Glenshaw and Natrona Heights.

Opened in 1998, Fitness Factory is owned by Steven Duckworth. Duckworth also owns the Phoenix Plaza, which is home to several other businesses, including Mojo Running & Multisport, Seven Fields Dental Care and Steel City Flooring.

Duckworth did not immediately return phone calls requesting comment on the changes.  

The closure also will affect business and groups located inside the former Fitness Factory.

Ferrigno Chiropractic is moving from its spot inside the gym to a new building on Myoma Road in Adams Township. Lifeway Baptist Church, which began holding services in the gym's aerobics room in the spring, will now meet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cranberry.

Check back with Cranberry Patch for updates to this story.

What do you think? Are you disappointed Anytime Fitness is no longer moving into the building? Will you miss Fitness Factory?

KJ December 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
After being a member of the Fitness Factory for 2 years and being talked to the way I was the other day I will absolutely not be joining Anytime Fitness. I walked in to work out on Tuesday night and was told that my membership has expired 2 days ago. the lady at the desk told me with an attitude "you're done working out here." with 2 days left until they closed the doors along with all the money I have given them over the years. You would think that they would have been more than happy to let me work out the remainder of the time they were open. So I left there and signed up at another gym. Not to mention I think the owner went about this in a pretty shady fashion. They even let my friend sign up for a month 2 days before they sent out the letters saying they're closing.
stacey December 07, 2012 at 02:46 PM
This was a poorly run facility to begin with so I am glad to see it change and follow franchise standards.
zeeps December 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
apparently anytime fitness pulled out . . .
Janet Butler December 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I have a friend who left Fitness Factory a while back because he said it was not kept clean.
Renee January 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I received a reimbursement check from Fitness Factory for the money I'd already paid toward my membership. Well, the check didn't clear. I contacted Mr. Duckworth via the email address provided on the "we're closing" letter - and it bounced back to me!
tony March 06, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Its a sad and pathetic time for such a booming area to have absolutlely nothing but a YMCA...
BobBaft May 29, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Yeah, because the YMCA is for simpletons. We need a yuppie fitness center that only richtards in Treesdale can afford. And one that doesn't allow banging of weights or grunting because we don't want to offend the Yenta housewives walking on the treadmills.

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