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Sherri Richards, Published March 11 2014

A little less Snap: Local fitness franchisees closing, selling clubs

FARGO -- Two local Snap Fitness franchisees are ending their run in the community.

The Snap Fitness location in north Fargo closed March 1, owner Gary Opp said in an email, because his franchise agreement was up.

Five other Snap locations have been put up for sale, said Krystle Dietz, who manages the clubs. Dietz said she is moving to the Twin Cities.

The location on 32nd Avenue South in Fargo has sold and will close at the end of April, Dietz said.

The building at 1525 32nd Ave. S. will become an Easter Seals Goodwill thrift store, projected to open by early fall, said Gordon Hauge, president and CEO of Easter Seals Goodwill North Dakota Inc. The nonprofit now has stores in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Minot, N.D.

The other club locations for sale are in West Fargo, Moorhead, Osgood in Fargo and Wahpeton, N.D., Dietz said. They will remain open for now.

Snap Fitness has a proactive resell division that helps franchise owners around the country who are looking to connect with buyers, said John Voskamp, vice president of corporate store operations. He said the company tries to sell clubs instead of seeing locations close.

“We’ve had a few people express interest in that market,” Voskamp said. “We love the Fargo market. It’s a great market. We’ve been there several years.”

Voskamp said his company has more than 2,000 health club locations worldwide. He said the company continues to grow, and has a closure rate of less than 3 percent across its franchise system.

Sometimes, he said, a franchise isn’t the right fit for an owner or is in a bad location and needs to close.

A 2009 article in The Forum about the north Fargo Snap Fitness location said it was the seventh to open in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Opp owned a location in Dilworth that closed last year. The site now houses Pro Fitness.

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Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556