It is with deep regret that we are writing to inform you that the Bethesda Fitness First on Wisconsin Avenue will be closing permanently on June 30, 2017. As many of you are aware, rumors have circulated for several years regarding the redevelopment plans that our landlord (JBG) has had for the building we occupy. Based on the intermittent communication we have had with JBG regarding their anticipated timeline for construction and redevelopment, we had reason to believe that any possible termination would coincide with our original lease expiration in 2019. Unfortunately, late last week, we learned that this is not the case. We received formal notification from JBG, that they intend on terminating our lease to commence their redevelopment efforts. It is no longer financially feasible to continue to fight their efforts to redevelop sooner, and so we are sad to announce the closing on June 30, 2017.

This is a sad time for all of us here at Fitness First, as it is the final chapter for our company. We will greatly miss serving the community of Bethesda and all of the wonderful members. Many of you have become like family to us, and we have been honored to be your choice in health clubs.

Please note that you will not be billed in the month of June for your monthly dues. We will apply your final month pre-payment that you paid upon joining, for the month of June. However, if you have purchased anything on your account (water, sport drinks, child care etc), or have a past due balance, those charges will debit on the 20th of June.

The last day of Group Ex classes and Child Care will be Sunday June 11th. Please check our website for up to date closing information.

Peter Harvey, President Fitness First