CASA GRANDE — After rebranding roughly 18 months ago, the Esporta Fitness Center on Florence Boulevard may be closing soon.

Community members expressed frustration and dismay online over rumors that the gym would be shutting down as soon as this week.

Esporta sales representative Reynard Reynolds Jr. shot down that drastic of a timeline but confirmed that the franchise was in danger of closure.

“Unless there’s a change, we will be closing down as of next month,” Reynolds said.

Although he wasn’t sure of the details behind the decision, he said that the Casa Grande location was the only Esporta Fitness Gym that was in that situation.

Representatives for LA Fitness, which owns the building, would not elaborate on reasons for the potential closure, other than to suggest it was potentially due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, and that it wasn’t a financial decision.

In the winter of 2020, just before the pandemic, the Casa Grande gym was one of 17 area locations to switch from LA Fitness to the Esporta brand label. At the moment, the gym is open 24 hours Monday-Sunday.

A petition to "Keep Esporta in Casa Grande" was started by resident Micaiah Boyea. The petition states that the possible closing of the fitness gym has "stunned and saddened hundreds of residents" and that "no other gyms even remotely match its amenities."

The petition was up to over 600 signatures as of Thursday morning.

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Aaron Dorman is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more. He can be reached at adorman@pinalcentral.com.