Collierville fitness center shuts its doors without warning

By Janice Broach - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A popular Collierville fitness center suddenly closed Friday and members want to know why.

Two men spent Friday afternoon changing all the locks to Prairie Life Fitness Center in Collierville.

Grant Hunter, a former member, arrived to find out the center had closed.

"I was here yesterday and they didn't say a word about it," Hunter said.  "No notice in the mail, nothing.  I just showed up to work out and it's closed."

Donna Bowman said there was no hint her favorite fitness center was closing.

"I'm sad," Bowman said, "I loved it here."

A sign on the door told members Prairie Life Fitness Center was closed due to economic conditions.  Members can get their money back if they prepaid.

A spokesperson said the economy made it impossible to keep the fitness center open.

Prairie Life came to Shelby County five years ago.  Last year, Life Time Fitness showed up down the street with a 115,000 square foot center, double the size of Prairie Life.

Some members said they would move to Life Time Fitness.  They said they think the new center was the reason Prairie Life had to shut its doors.

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