The web site of Omni Fitness blares: “Store Closing Liquidation! Everything Must Go! Hurry in for the best selection! Save 50-90% on all remaining treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, home gyms, free weights and more!”
But even the most in-shape Westporter could not hurry down to the Compo Shopping Center store fast enough. It’s already closed.
Fitness Holdings International — a California-based firm that owns 111 stores including Omni Fitness, Busy Body Home Fitness and LA Gym Equipment — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
A realist might say that home gym equipment is a true luxury that should be an early casualty of an economic crunch.
A cynic might say that most home treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes seldom wear out from over-use.
But a Westporter who is tired of seeing a new “For Rent” sign every day might say: “It hurts to see any business go bust. Who’s next? And what can anyone do?”