McHenry Charter Fitness unexpectedly closes

Charter Fitness in McHenry has unexpectedly closed.

McHENRY –Charter Fitness in McHenry unexpectedly has closed.

The gym, 2192 W. Route 120, had been operating under the Charter Fitness brand since 2011. Before that, it had been a Cardinal Fitness, McHenry’s Economic Development Director Doug Martin said.

Charter Fitness operates more than 35 locations around Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. The next closest – and only McHenry County – location is in Crystal Lake, where McHenry memberships will be honored, an employee with Charter Fitness in Crystal Lake said.

Phone calls to the McHenry location were rerouted to the Crystal Lake gym, where no one could comment on why the McHenry location had closed.

The closure, effective Wednesday, came as a surprise to member Laura Scarry who found out about it the night before.

“[There was] no explanation whatsoever. No heads-up. No advance notice. Nothing,” Scarry said. “When I walked in with my husband to work out, we were greeted with a line of members waiting to talk to one of the two employees to cancel their memberships. I asked one of the members in line why the place was closing. He didn’t know. No one knew.”

Crystal Lake Charter Fitness is located at 6308 Northwest Highway, in the same complex as the Hobby Lobby.