A sign letting patrons know that the VI Fitness location in Oak Bay is closed is the first notice many people get. VI Fitness has declared bankruptcy and permanently closed all of its locations across the Island. Keri Coles/OAK BAY NEWS

WATCH: Patrons, staff shocked to find VI Fitness facilities permanently closed

VI Fitness declared bankruptcy and let patrons and staff know with an early morning email

Patrons and staff of VI Fitness arrived at local gyms today to find the establishments permanently closed.

A sign on the window let clients know that VI Fitness is facing bankruptcy and gave them contact numbers for the Bowra Group, an accounting firm out of Vancouver. Members and staff also received an email conveying the same information.

A copy of the email sent out to VI Fitness patrons and staff. FILE CONTRIBUTED

“I found out this morning that I don’t have to teach this morning, or ever,” said Karen Bogle, an instructor of 23 years with VI Fitness “It’s shocking. I came in this morning because I knew my people would be showing up for my class.”

Bogle said she received the same blanket email as everyone else, and that no staff knew about their upcoming and immediate termination.

“I found out when I checked my email this morning, I was quite shocked,” said Judy Randall, a patron of the gym who still went to the Oak Bay facility to see it herself.

RELATED: VI Fitness files for bankruptcy

While the notifying email was sent out shortly after midnight, other emails also went out.

“I got an email this morning saying that my appointment with Monica, my personal trainer, was on for tomorrow,” said Corinna Gilliland who first got her membership in the’90s.

“My stuff is in there!” she added as movers came in and out of the building.

Gilliland was with Phyllis Campanello who has also been a long time patron.

“It’s been a wonderful fitness club, I’m really disappointed,” said Campanello. “It’s a sad story that this has happened because this has also been a community meet here. We had no idea anything like this was going on , I’m devastated.”

Gilliland said that she knew the gym was having problems because earlier in the year part of it had flooded and many repairs were required.

Still, patrons didn’t have previous warning of a closure, and many are still left confused about their gym and membership fees.

“We’re broken hearted,” Campanello said.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Mid-Vancouver Island air quality risk very high

Residents of the mid-Island area went to bed last night and awoke… Continue reading

City of Nanaimo activity registration gets a refresh

iReg system replaced by Recreation Nanaimo

No one tries to take down Nanaimo’s Discontent City at rally

Soldiers of Odin Vancouver Island a no show so far after making threats two days earlier

Kidney Foundation Nanaimo chapter president seeks ‘bail money’ in fundraiser

Randy Spensley will be on a scissor lift in a jailbird outfit Aug. 25 at Country Club Centre

MULTIMEDIA: Fair weather, food and fun at VIEX in Nanaimo

A gallery of the second day of the Vancouver Island Exhibition at Beban Park in Nanaimo

MULTIMEDIA: Fair weather, food and fun at VIEX in Nanaimo

A gallery of the second day of the Vancouver Island Exhibition at Beban Park in Nanaimo

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at Harmac mill

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

The pilot project provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits

Trump rages on Mueller following Times report

Trump takes to Twitter calling Robert Mueller “disgraced and discredited”

BC Wildfire crew rescues lost puppies

They were just leaving the Monashee Complex of fires when they found the cutest creatures.

Nanaimo Astronomy Society invites public to look at the night sky

Telescopes on display for society’s annual outdoor social event Aug. 23

Fire destroys home in Campbell River

Cause unknown in fire that gutted Willow Point home on Sunday

V.I. Raiders score comeback victory against Langley Rams

Nanaimo team erases 31-7 deficit to beat Langley Rams 35-34

Nanaimo’s VIEX country fair underway

Vancouver Island Exhibition happening Aug. 17-19 at Beban Park

Most Read