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In a recent Concord Monitor article, AG bureau looks into gym closings, Kate Davidson reports that 2 more Curves for Women franchises have closed their doors abruptly, leaving their members stranded and their owners’ dreams dashed. Davidson writes that unhappy members who paid for services they didn’t receive have taken their complaints to the MA Attorney General :
The attorney general’s consumer protection bureau is reviewing complaints against Curves For Women gyms in Concord and Penacook, which closed last month without notice and without refunds for members who already paid membership fees.
The Curves franchises closed during the first week in March, displacing about 400 women who worked out at the two locations, according to owners of other Curves gyms who have taken on some of the members. The memberships are transferable to any other Curves location, but compensation was not offered to women who decided not to move to a new gym.
The attorney general’s office received four complaints in March and April against Atasal Enterprises LLC – owned by Janet Lasata of Gilmanton – which was doing business as Curves For Women in Concord and Penacook.
According to Senior Assistant Attorney General Lauren Noether said the complaints were from members who had paid for services they never received. The AG lists the complaints on its website as “open – in progress.” According to the story, Atasal Enterprises was “not in good standing” by the secretary of state’s corporation division, as the company failed to file its annual report by the April 1 deadline.
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