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UPDATE: LA Fitness Shut Down by Health Department

Local fitness center closes today due to sanitary issues.

UPDATE: Morton Grove Pro Tem Village Administrator Ryan Horne cited consistent complaints from club members about ongoing sanitary issues at LA Fitness as the primary reason for the facility's closure yesterday afternoon. 

"Consistently over the past few months we’ve had issues where members would call up and say; 'they’ve out of toilet paper, they’re out of soap, they’re out of shampoo,'" Horne said. "And use your imagination, I’m sure you can imagine what happens when you don’t have toilet paper."

Mold and mildew had also become a noticeable problem at the facility. Horne added that the closure came as no surprise to employees and management at LA Fitness, 8621 Dempster St., which recently acquired Bally Total Fitness.  

"This was not a surprise to the members, this was not a surprise to the management there and this certainly was not a surprise to their corporate office," Horne said. "We’ve had numerous conversations with everyone up and down the management staff there." 

LA Fitness could not be reached as of this morning. 

Patch will be providing more updates as they become available. 

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Morton Grove Health Department officials have closed LA Fitness, formerly , 8621 Dempster St., earlier this afternoon due to ongoing sanitary issues, according to a Village of Morton Grove press release.

The facility was shut down in "an effort to protect the health of the public," said Morton Grove official Peter Falcone in the release.

LA Fitness was closed today at 3 p.m. At this time it is unknown when or if the facility will re-open.

Patch will provide more updates as they become available. 

R Johnson February 23, 2012 at 03:03 AM
This was long overdue. I've been complaining for months. Bally's let the club deteriorate and LA Fitness let it continue. I have to wonder if the neglect was intentional.
B B February 23, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I also have been complaining for months. I have complained about the pool being shut down for 5 months. All employees and even the customer service number have either been outight rude, have lied, or were ignorant. The new LA FItness personnel are actually worse than the former Bally's people (I did not think this was possible).
mathmanbill February 23, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Toilets overflowing and no soap in any dispenser. It's about time. Now where's my refund?
John Larson February 23, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Close the place down already! We all know that the mall is scheduled for demo in the future. I to think this was intentional. Now they dont have to reopen and give any reasons why.The place has turned into a pig-pen. I have been a member there since it has opened and its a shame what has happened to it.
Raj February 23, 2012 at 04:48 PM
John, where did you hear this information regarding demolishing the entire complex? When is this possibly going to happen? I live near by and go to LA Fitness reguarly. As it is run down, I dont use the locker rooms, so was unaware of these issues.
Carol R February 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Raj, here is a link to the discussion. Halfway down the page I asked the same question. http://mortongrove.patch.com/articles/meeting-to-discuss-tif-plans-prairie-view-plaza-on-monday I, like you, hope the problems will be corrected and the club will reopen. It has a great track, fun classes and lots of equipment not to mention an easy 5 minute commute for me. The club has floundered since the LAF purchase and they are short on staff.
Nigel February 23, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Yes...the club has been going downhill for the past several years. Will they reopen anytime soon? Or are we all screwed out of our memberships????
Raj February 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Thanks Carol.. That was very imformative. I hope whatever happens to the complex, it attracts the right kind of people and adds value to the area.
Josh P. February 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM
We all knew this was just a matter of time. Those of us who are regulars there know this mall is history. Take us out of our misery already and close the place down for good.(Which is most likely happening). Admit it---its over!!
DN February 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I just started going there… was hoping the deteriorating condition was in result of the buyout and that there was a plan to clean up the place - it's a well-equipped gym. Hopefully they decide to do a deep cleaning and bring in a full-time cleaning crew. Oh yeah, and to the guy in the locker room that lifts his leg over the hand dryer to dry himself off… please stop.
Z February 24, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Do yourselves a favor and move 3 miles north to Lifetime. Leaps and bounds better. (Even though it does have some flaws). I was happy to say goodbye to Ballys 8 years ago.
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"Consistently over the past few months we’ve had issues where members would call up and say; 'they’ve out of toilet paper, they’re out of soap, they’re out of shampoo,'" Horne said. "And use your imagination, I’m sure you can imagine what happens when you don’t have toilet paper." http://www.la-fitnesslocations.com/
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