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Toronto gym permanently closing due to lack of members

A cutting edge fitness studio in Toronto is set to close its doors following months of hardship amid lockdowns. 

9Round is a global fitness chain well-known for its instructor-led full-body circuit training workouts. Members spend three minutes at a time at nine training stations, and perform a variety of exercises ranging from kickboxing to weight lifting. 

The 9Round in the Beaches, located at 1866 Queen Street, confirmed to blogTO that the studio will officially close at the end of this month. 

Franchise owner and operator Hugh Croft-Levesque said that the 9Round location never fully recovered from lockdowns and mandated closures. 

"We opened in September 2017 and by early March 2020 we had a very healthy membership ensuring our continued success and then we had to close for nearly 500 days," Croft-Levesque said. 

"Since we were 'allowed' to reopen in mid-July 2021, we somehow never managed to grow the membership back to where it needs to be to be cashflow positive," he told blogTO. 

Despite difficulties at its east end location, Croft-Levesque said the other location he owns at 777 Bay Street continues to flourish. 

"Something changed in the habits of the Beaches community and thus the difficult decision to close had to be made after losing money for 18+ months," he explained. 

Croft-Levesque said it's been a privilege to be able to serve the Beaches community for the past five years. 

"I'm truly saddened that it had to end at all, never mind end this way," he told blogTO. 

Queen Street 9Round's last day of operations will be on Jan. 31, 2023. 

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Jason Pham

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