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North Providence gym closes suddenly

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By: Melissa Randall

The sign on the front of Gold's Gym on Smith Street in North Providence was an unwelcome surprise for people showing up to workout Friday.

"I'm very disappointed," said long time member Stephen Fariana.

A note on the door of the gym says it was closed- with no notice- Thursday afternoon by the landlord, Fruit Hill Plaza, LLC. Right next to it was a court issued eviction letter which says Gold's Gym, owned by Gable Fitness Inc. was not up to date on its rent. A lawyer for the buildings owner says the gym owes the landlord $224,430.76.  

"They were still taking memberships up until recently- a couple of days ago," said Fariana. "So I don't know how that went on."

The owners are honoring those memberships at their Warwick location which is about a 20 minute drive away from the North Providence club.

"I live in North Providence and I work downtown," said one gym member.  "I'm not going to drive from North Providence to Warwick to go to a gym."

The business owner wasn't at the Bald Hill Road location when ABC6 News stopped by to try and get a comment. An employee told us that her boss and the North Providence landlord couldn't come to an agreement on the lease. She said they had a disagreement over the condition of the building.

Members, many of whom just re-signed contracts through 2015 or in some cases 2016 don't think they deserve to be inconvenienced why the business tries to work things out, but aren't sure what other recourse they have.

ABC6 News reached out to the owner of the Warwick property to see if Gold's Gym is up to date on rent there, but by late afternoon Friday had not heard back.

A sign later placed on the door of the Smith Street location says the company plans on relocating.

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