After 10 years of being in business on Tioga Way, Leap Fitness is closing its doors on April 1.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am reaching out to you with sad news. After ten years of extraordinary partnership with our beloved community, Leap will close its doors on April 1st,” said General Manager Steve Males in a statement on the business’s website.
In the statement, Males apologized to his customers for the short notice and said that the closure is “unexpected to be sure.” After the landlord of the building agreed to lower the monthly rental income over a multi-year span, Leap was notified that another business, currently Salem Fitness, would be able to occupy the space at market rent.
Males said in the statement that “We understand this business decision, of course,” and that all payments will be stopped automatically on or before April 1.
In an effort to keep workers employed and help customers, Leap has partnered with the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA. The partnership will allow for Leap team members to meet with the YMCA in order to provide them with an appropriate position. Leap members will also be offered one month free of charge with no joiner fee at the YMCA.
“We appreciate Leap Fitness’s contribution to our community and are honored they have chosen to work with us,” said Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA Executive Director Brian Flynn in a statement.
To help make the transition seamless for Leap team members and customers, the YMCA’s membership team will be on site at Leap Fitness until April 1, and those interested can visit in person at 40 Leggs Hill Road.
“I know Heidi and Lisa join me in feeling that this past ten-year journey was a very personal one– our Leap community was a family to us,” said Males. “We will miss you and are confident that our paths will cross again.”