Retro Fitness hits muscle failure in Buckhead, won’t recover

By on November 20, 2012
Retro Fitness Buckhead - Photo courtesy of Retro Fitness

Fitness center to close its doors Nov. 23 and relocate members to Smyrna.

Retro Fitness members are getting a different kind of deal this Black Friday.

The Buckhead gym is offering its members access to the Smyrna Retro Fitness once it closes for good on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, according to a letter mailed to patrons Friday.

“Unfortunately, we can no longer operate our gym…,” Robbie Sprechman, Retro Fitness’ CFO, said in the letter. “Pursuant to Georgia law, we will be transferring your membership…”

Julie R., a member of Retro Fitness in Buckhead, voiced her concerns with the fitness center’s closing in a Yelp post Sunday:

…Members are being told that their memberships are being transferred to their Smyrna location (of course, Smyrna is in no way convenient for anyone living in Buckhead!).

Members who wish to cancel their membership are being told that they will still have to pay for December, because 30 days notice is required for cancellation.

I’m sure most of us would have done that had we actually been given 30 days notice of the closing.

My emails to their corporate office have gone unanswered, except for an automated response that a representative would contact me shortly by phone. It’s been three days and I’m still waiting…

Like Julie, What Now Atlanta hasn’t had luck reaching Retro Fitness for comment.

About Caleb J. Spivak

CJS is the Founder of What Now Atlanta. He was recently featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch in 2012," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA was named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.


  1. Thatguy

    November 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I’m just going to assume they closed because no one wanted to get eye-raped every time they walked into that hideous place. Looking at that photo was like gazing into the Ark of the Covenant. I nearly melted.

  2. jeff elrod

    November 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    it was like stepping inside the mcdonalds sign in vegas every time you walked in, but it was a good & inexpensive gym. shitty that they’re closing without enough notice for us to cancel our memberships without having to pay for a month when the only convenient gym to us isn’t even open. updates would be appreciated.

  3. Nimbette

    November 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Well, there’s Jeanne’s Body Tech in Buckhead…switch to that one.

  4. Nick

    February 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

    The good news is, you can’t cancel without driving out there and filling out physical paperwork. Retro indeed. I asked if I could send a letter Pony Express and they said their system is not advanced enough to accept “letters.” To be fair, every gym pulls this crap about cancellations, but it don’t make it right.

  5. Lorenzo Whiting

    July 27, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    All the Retro Fitness of Florida locations have gone out of business except one. They are not much in the way of gyms, usually very small compared to L.A. Fitness, and they are open about the same or less. The one near me would routinely close early when ever the employees wanted to go home.

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