EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A local gym that has yet to open was forced by state officialsto stop pre-selling memberships. The gym is now promising refundsto those who already signed up.
Call 12 for action started hearing from frustrated members ofWorkout World in East Providence. Now, the clubs owner is askingfor their patience.
Owner Steve Borghi says construction problems and permit issuesare causing big delays, and now says the plan is to open beforeChristmas.
"Now having said that maybe sooner, lets run with that number sowe won't get any body mad at us," said Borghi.
But Borghi faces other issues. When call 12 for action did somedigging at the attorney generals office, we learned the owner neverregistered with the state, nor did he get a permit to pre-sellmemberships. But close to 3,000 people signed up, the state hasasked the club to stop charging new members until the clubopens.
"We weren't trying to avoid the process, we were expanding, andI'll take fault on that, when other companies are going back, we'reexpanding. So it was just a question of not getting the t's crossedand the i's dotted," said Borghi.
According to the state because the club was never registered,any member who wants a refund can get one.
"If you are unhappy with the time line, we will refund any moneyback to you," said Borghi.
Bottom line, Borghi says, if those members who have signed upstay patient, the gym will open.
He said, "We're not smoke and mirrors, we're the real deal, andwe bring in a real affordable price, at 10or 19 dollars amonth."
Other tips to think about, consider your budget. Don't give into pressure and take the contract home and read it thoroughly. Alsoknow the membership details, especially when it comes to paymentplans.
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