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Last updated on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 10:50 am

World Gyms Closed; Landlord Alleges Unpaid Rent

Three World Gym locations in Benton County have suddenly closed, a little more than a month after a Bentonville developer filed a lawsuit against the fitness franchise’s local operators for unpaid rent. World Gyms at 2003 S.W. Regional Airport Blvd. and 2614 S.E. J St. in Bentonville, and 1607 Empire St. in Lowell, near Pleasant Grove Road, did not re-open Tuesday morning. Local operator Rhett Garner and his wife, Tania, known as “Tinkey,” have been leasing those buildings from Bentonville developer Mike Charlton for several years. They also own locations in Springdale and Fayetteville. The Garners informed the club’s members of the sudden closures through a letter posted overnight on social media. “The three northern locations of World Gym have been on a lease... [ MORE ]

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