AG Gansler Accepting Complaints, Refund Claims from Members of Shuttered Severna Park Health Club
Anytime Fitness closed without warning this month
Baltimore, MD (July 25, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler urges members of a recently closed health club in Severna Park called Ar U Can Do It Fitness, LLP (who did business under the name Anytime Fitness) to file refund claims with the Consumer Protection Division. The club, located at 564 Governor Ritchie Highway in the Park Plaza Shopping Center, closed this month, without advance notice to members. The Division may be able to assist consumers in recovering some of their payments for services they did not receive due to the club's sudden closure. The Division also can provide information about how consumers can stop the club from continuing to collect payments set up as automatic debits or transfers from bank accounts.
"This business closed up shop and left consumers in the cold," said Attorney General Gansler. "Fortunately, my office can help consumers get back their hard-earned money and make sure the club can no longer withdraw funds through automatic payments."
Consumers who believe they are entitled to refunds should send a copy of their membership agreement and proof of payment to: Anytime Fitness Claims, c/o Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Place, 25th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Consumers who want more information on the closing or instructions for filing a complaint and discontinuing debit payments can call 410-576-6350, or send an e-mail with their name, address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland's Health Club Law requires health clubs, self-defense schools and weight loss centers to register with the Division. Clubs that collect more than three months' payment in advance or an initiation fee of more than $200 must also provide the Division with a bond or letter of credit to protect consumers' advance payments.
Attorney General Gansler urged consumers who are considering joining a health club, weight loss center, or self-defense school to first check www.oag.state.md.us/healthclub to see whether the business is registered and bonded.