Refunds of dues are available from defunct fitness clubs

February 01, 1993

The state is urging Marylanders whose fitness clubs closed last year to file for refunds of membership dues that were paid in advance.

The refunds come from nearly $400,000 in bonds and letters of credit posted by 11 health clubs, weight-loss centers and self-defense schools that have shut down.

Eligible for refunds are customers who paid dues or fees in advance and then were unable to use the services. Members of the now-defunct clubs have one year from the date of closing to submit claims.

"Maryland consumers are fortunate that our health club law requires businesses that collect payments in advance to provide a bond to guarantee refunds will be paid," said Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.

Businesses affected include Nutri-System Weight Loss Centers in Pikesville, Golden Ring, Pasadena, Bethesda and Largo, as well as Kim's Karate clubs in Dundalk and Silver Spring-White Oak.

Others are Quest Fitness Center in Glen Burnie, Jhoon Rhee Institute of Tae Kwon Do in Bethesda, Washington Racquet & Fitness Club in Marlow Heights and Heavy Business of Easton.

Consumers seeking refunds should send copies of membership agreements and proof of payment to: Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore 21202.

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