Inline Group Fitness, which has locations in downtown Baltimore and Forest Hill, abruptly closed its doors this week, confusing an employee who said her colleagues and their clients showed up to find the business shuttered.
Amanda Mong, a trainer who’s been with the business for four years, said employees received an email Friday saying that the owners — Heather and Josh Kirk — were having problems with their Forest Hill location.
Heather Kirk wrote in the email that she and Josh were in a dispute with an unnamed landlord over a new space, which they were asked to move to after neighbors complained about the noise at the current location. The business does private and group exercise lessons as well as dance lessons.
She wrote that the new location offered by the landlord “is not what our clientele are expecting," saying some classrooms would not have ceilings if they were to move. She wrote the business lost “95% of our clientele” because “people were tired of holding on while we were working out of a not ideal space.”
“We are lost and unsure of what to do,” the email reads. “Rent is due on October 1st, but we have no clientele. We are going to try to get out of the lease.”