VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Clubs has been bought out by a group of investors after the fitness giant laid off all staff amid the pandemic.
Chris Smith will remain on as the CEO, and says there are plans to rebrand the clubs in the coming weeks.
“We look forward to creating a great experience for our members, engaging through our team members and building a comfortable and safe space for our fitness communities,” he says in a release.
Steve Nash Fitness World has been acquired by a group of investors, Chris Smith remains CEO. Smith says they’re looking at opening up clubs as quickly & safely as possible. Monthly fees will remain the same – if you had bought training sessions – you’ll be able to keep them too. pic.twitter.com/mOl6njGjeL
— Tarnjit Parmar (@Tarnjitkparmar) June 16, 2020
The company has 24 locations in B.C.
Smith adds there is a push to reopen the numerous clubs as quickly as possible while continuing to follow COVD-19 guidelines.
“The new ownership team understands there are many questions that remain unanswered and we look forward to welcoming people back into the clubs as quickly and safely as possible as we work through Covid-19 reopening protocols,” he says. “There will be health and safety procedures in place when we reopen that are all in line with B.C. safety standards, as keeping everyone safe and healthy will be a foremost priority.”
For members, payments have been put on pause since March, when the clubs were all closed down.
According to Smith, monthly payments will remain the same, and those who purchased personal training passes, will still be able to use them.
Shortly after the clubs closed, an email was sent to the company’s employees saying it tried exploring options to protect workers during the pandemic, but given the indefinite closures at the time, terminated all staff.