Another business is leaving Magnolia. We have learned that Mieko’s Fitness will close its doors Thursday night at 10p.m. Gym members were told today that the gym was closing.
Staffers there today told us that the gym lost its lease. People who use the gym had no warning that it would be closing.
We are told that memberships are being transferred to the LA Fitness in Ballard. Members are being told that they will be able to use LA Fitness at their Mieko’s rate for the remainder of their gym contract.
Mieko’s has not posted any information on their website for gym members but they did put a sign in the window letting people know that they were closing. Update: As of Friday morning, the Magnolia location has been removed from the website but there is still no information for gym members.
A staffer told us that the landlord had raised the rent and Mieko’s could not afford the increase.
Thanks to our many readers who sent us tips about this closure. Here is an email we got from Kate: I spoke with the owner, who seemed genuinely sad and sorry, and she told me that they were unable to negotiate a lease with the landlord. This same landlord apparently owns several other empty storefronts in that same block, making us wonder if he’s planning something. We are all apparently going to get memberships to LA fitness in Ballard for the remainder of our contract at the same price we were paying at Mieko’s.
This is the second large business to close in Magnolia, Hollywood Video recently went out of business. That leaves two large empty retail space on 32nd Ave West.