Members of a now-closed south Charlotte women's gym who had previously been unable to recoup their membership money can now receive refunds, the N.C. Attorney General's office announced today.
Peak Fitness refused to release members of the Arboretum Women-Only Health Club from their contracts or refund their money after the club shut down July 10, according to the state. In addition, women renewing their memberships were not informed the club would soon close, causing some to sign contracts they wouldn't have agreed to otherwise. Upon the club's closure, Peak told members they would be transferred to nearby co-ed locations, which did not offer the same specialized options for women as the Arboretum location.
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As a result, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper filed suit against the company late last month. An agreement between Peak Fitness and Cooper signed today resolves that dispute.
Peak Fitness must now inform members of the closed club that they can cancel their contracts and receive a refund of any amount paid for the right to use the gym after July 10. To spread the word, the company is supposed to post notices in all of its Charlotte-area clubs and on its Web site, and is also set to send letters to all women-only gym members. They have until Sept. 22 to cancel their contracts, according to a news release.
“Consumers who sign up for a health club should be able to get what they paid for,” Cooper said in the release. “I'm pleased to see these gym members have the choice to get their money back.”