Crunch Fitness closes doors before opening

February 7, 2017|

When Julie Phillips, general manager of Crunch Augusta, walked into work on Feb. 2, she thought it was going to be like any other day since she began doing pre-enrollments for the gym back in September. But she and other Crunch employees were shocked to learn that owner Chris Cerni had filed bankruptcy and was closing the doors to the gym before it even opened.

“I was just blown away,” Phillips said.

The 27,000 square foot gym in Daniel Village on Wrightsboro Rd. was scheduled to open at the end of February. Phillips said when she was first hired to the Crunch team, she felt like the gym was a perfect fit for the Augusta area and “saturated” the area with information to recruit new members to the nationwide gym.

“I feel like I lied to the community,” she said.

Phillips and eight other Crunch employees are now jobless, many of them leaving previous jobs to work for Cerni. Those with memberships will be refunded according to Phillips. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact

Cerni declined to comment for this article, simply stating, “the business has closed.”

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