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Indianapolis loses two Bally fitness centers

June 29, 2009

Two local Bally Total Fitness locations have closed as part of the parent company's reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Gyms along U.S. 31 in Greenwood and behind The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis are among 26 locations the California-based company closed nationwide as it attempts a second bankruptcy reorganization.

The pioneer of fitness clubs, which has been in business more than 40 years, still has about 300 clubs. A third Indianapolis-area location at 5435 W. Pike Plaza Road remains open.

Bally has faced an explosion of competition in recent years as chains such as California-based LA Fitness and Florida-based Lifestyle Family Fitness embark on nationwide expansions. Both chains have opened several gyms in the Indianapolis area.

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