East Greenwich gym ordered to close for good

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — The owners of Gold’s Gym in East Greenwich appeared before a Superior Court judge Tuesday, five days after filing for receivership. The judge ordered the business closed and liquidated as of 11 p.m.

Many gym members learned of the news after their workouts Tuesday night.

“I joined this gym before it opened,” said Ann Marie Ricci. “I got a pre-membership. I have a good monthly rate. I’m in shock.”

Some staff members and instructors said they were also surprised by the news.

“No one is around to answer questions,” said instructor Andrea Annaldo.  “Members are asking us about their tuition, their payment, and no one can tell them anything.”

A hearing on the closure is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Kent County Court.

A staff meeting is scheduled for noon at the gym, which first opened in 2004.

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