Shock over closure of established gym

Reaction continued to flood in today following the shock closure of one of the town's best-known gyms.  Emails were sent to the members of Gym and Trim over the weekend which blamed the current economic climate and increased competition for the closure.

McTear Williams and Wood (MWW), who have been put in charge of winding up the long standing business expressed their sadness at the closure and the loss of jobs.  Adrian Sage of MWW said: "It is sad to see what was one of the first gym and fitness clubs in Ipswich having to close but increased competition in this area has made trading conditions difficult.  Unfortunately seven staff have been made redundant."

Evening Star readers have expressed their shock at the closure with many also blaming the opening of rival gyms for the clsoure.  Some were also questioning whether or not their money would be returned.  One gym member said it appeared the gym has been struggling for a number of months.  He added:

"I think that they struggled to cope with the increased competition in the area with three rivals opening up in quick succession.  It really hit them hard especially with two of the gyms charging almost half price for membership with newer and more equipment.  It seemed quite sudden and a lot of people will have lost out on money and obviously I feel for the people who have lost their jobs to."

Gym and Trim first opened in Charles Street in 1978 before moving to a premises in Lower Orwell Street.  It moved to Cardinal Park several years ago - the gym had more than 900 members when it closed.

Evening Star, Thursday 15 November 2011

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