The Sherwood Park World Health fitness club was closed Friday due to a dispute with the landlord.
A post on the company website says employees were locked out and apologizes for any inconvenience.
The facility at 100 Broadview Dr. opened in 2013, but negotiations with the owner over the impact of a new building and other issues at the shopping centre stalled, World Health Edmonton Inc. president Blake MacDonald said in an interview.
World Health is seeking changes such as lower rent to deal with its concerns, and is a couple of months in arrears, he said.
He wouldn’t provide further details because the two sides are in litigation, but said he wants to re-open the gym at the same location.
“We’re still hopeful that we can resolve this, although some of the damage obviously has already been done.”
The property owner couldn’t be reached for comment.
The outlet has more than 1,500 members who will have free access to World Health’s other Edmonton gyms, MacDonald said.
The company is trying to find positions elsewhere in the chain for the approximately 35 staff.
The closing isn’t an indication of financial problems at the Edmonton company, which is owned by 18 local businesspeople, who bought it in 2012, he said.
“We have eight other locations, highly successful locations, all doing well.”
The company shares the brand and other links with the eight World Health gyms in Calgary, but that operation has separate ownership.