AURORA — The city of Aurora has seized two Aspire Fitness locations after the owners failed to pay sales or use tax for more than two years, a spokesperson for the city confirmed to 9NEWS.
According to the city's spokesperson, those taxes were not paid between April 2016 and October of this year. The estimated amount owed between the two locations is $27,094. The city said it's working with the owners to resolve the delinquency so that the seizure can be released.
On Sept. 21, Aspire Fitness club members received an email notifying them that the location at 5540 S. Parker Rd. was closing and would be consolidated with the location at 15540 E. 6th Ave. in Aurora. Both locations were seized by the city of Aurora on Oct. 9.
The Aspire Fitness location in Westminster also abruptly closed. A member we spoke said she learned of the closure on Sept. 25, when she noticed a sign on the door. A spokesman for the Adams County Sheriff's told 9NEWS deputies served an eviction notice there in late September.
Court documents show that in July 2017, the owners of the Westminster property, Summit Square LLC, filed a lawsuit against Inspire Fitness Colorado, which operates Aspire Fitness.
Aspire Fitness has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau. According to the BBB, there are a total of 68 complaints against the gym. The gym hasn't responded to 42 of those complaints.
9NEWS reached out Aspire Fitness when the Westminster location closed and was told the following:
All Aspire Fitness memberships to closed facilities have been cancelled. Mass emails have been sent out to all members with emails on file confirming cancellations. Additionally, a customer service email and phone number has been provided for any member issues. Due to the high volume of calls we advise members to email for a prompt response to any concerns.
We have reached out for comment about the Aurora closures but have not yet heard back.