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July 30, 2020

Dear Club Members:

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that The Claremont Club will be closing operations permanently as of August 1, 2020.  This was not an easy decision for the owners of the Club to make.  Several times over the past years they have been approached with offers to sell and they have always declined.  Their true desire has been to continue what Stan Clark started in 1973 and to pass it on to their children.  However, the financial cost incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of almost 1,200 memberships during our closures simply leaves us with no alternative.

Delivering this message is so very difficult as I have come to know many of you personally over the past 23 years.  I have been able to see your children grow up; the many friendships forged; witnessed the powerful effect that exercise and socialization have had on your overall quality of life and the hope, acceptance, and possibilities that our Club has had on people struggling with chronic injuries and chronic illnesses.  We have been able to help so many people and have made such a positive difference in their lives.

We have been blessed to have had the most dedicated and talented employees and managers in the fitness industry.  Because of their efforts, the Club has been recognized all over the world for being a leader in health club inclusivity and Exercise is Medicine.  The programs that we have developed for adults and children with cancer, our spinal cord/paralysis, diabetes, and cycling for Parkinson's are highly regarded, not only in the fitness industry but also in the medical and health care communities.  

It is important for you to know how grateful all of us are to you, our valued members who have supported us over so many years.  We understand that for many of you the Club has become your second home and that the closure will be as devastating to you as it is to us.  

As pledged, we intend to reimburse all of you whose dues we drafted in April as-well-as any money accepted for summer camps not held; pre-paid personal training, Pilates or private swim lessons as-soon-as-possible, but no later than when the property is sold.  Members will receive money due to them prior to any distributions being paid to the owners. 

Please know that I will continue to work with our managers and staff as they pursue future employment opportunities.  And I will also be available by email or phone to speak with any of you about concerns or questions you may have.

I want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this most difficult time.

Yours in Good Health,

Mike Alpert


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