Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym will be closing April 15, 2023. We are in discussions with a potential buyer and will keep members informed as we know more. For the past 12 years, Shirlee’s has provided women in the Inland Valley with a supportive all-women gym. Many of our members have been here since the beginning and even before, when the gym was The Spa, Fitness for Women. On behalf of our dedicated staff and instructors, I thank members for their support throughout the years, especially when facing difficult challenges presented by the pandemic. I’ve met fabulous women at Shirlee’s, and it has been my privilege to be part of the Shirlee’s community.
Why is the gym closing?
COVID disrupted the success of many small businesses and Shirlee’s was no exception. With support from our staff and our members, we managed to stay afloat, for which I am proud and grateful. Running a small business takes tremendous commitment even in the best of times. I enjoy meeting challenges, however due to personal health-related issues, I need to step back and focus on my health and recovery.
Will the gym stay in business under new ownership?
Over the past few months, I sought out potential buyers, and have been in negotiations with a potential buyer who would like to keep the gym open and honor the memberships of existing members. We were hopeful that a deal would be finalized by the end of March, however that has not happened. So at this time we are uncertain if the gym will be sold. Because of my personal health situation, I cannot delay closing the gym. So regardless of whether we have a buyer or not, Shirlee’s last day will be April 15, 2023.
What happens if I paid in advance for a year?
For members who paid in advance, we will contact you regarding your membership.
What do members need to do if they are on monthly autopay?
There will be no further autopay deductions starting in May.
Is there another gym I can use the last two weeks of April?
Shirlee’s has made arrangements with two nearby gyms in Upland for our members to have 2 weeks complimentary from April 15 to April 30: Fitness Results and Body Rituals. For more information, ask at the front desk.
If there is a buyer, will the gym be all women?
At first, the new owner may keep the gym all-women, but he may change that in the future.
If there is a new buyer, what changes will be made?
The potential owner plans to renovate and make improvements. We hope to learn more in the coming weeks.
I have concerns or questions. How can I learn more?
As we know more, we will post information in the gym and email members. If you have additional questions, please email konnie at [email protected]
Thank you again for your support over the years. I know that for many women, this gym has been a supportive place to work out, meet friends, and stay strong in mind, body, and soul. Change can be challenging. Shirlee’s has been a big part of my life, and I look forward to keeping in touch with many of you.