July 28 2009 12:00 AM

Downtown Lansing Curves location closes, but no one knows why

The Curves for Women fitness center in downtown Lansing closed its doors on July 17, but no one — from the chain’s corporate parent to the head of the Principal Shopping District — knows why.

Curves spokeswoman Kathy Carr wrote in an e-mail that the company’s resale department is still evaluating the reason for the closure. The location is no longer listed on the Curves Web site.

Though no one is sure why the fitness center closed, Lorna McHugh, a property manager for real estate company CBRE Lansing, said that the lease on the store, located at 216 Washington Square, was up and was not renewed.

Principal Shopping District Executive Director Mindy Biladeau did not know why Curves closed, but said that the owner, Annette Andrews, was not from Lansing and may be away traveling.

Attempts to reach Andrews were unsuccessful, as the two phone numbers for the downtown location have been disconnected. An electronic message left for Andrews on her Facebook account went unanswered.

Others speculated that the state of the economy may have been why the fitness center closed. Workers at Decker’s Coffee, next door at 220 Washington Square, were not even aware that Curves had closed.

“I saw them hauling stuff out, but I didn’t know they were closed,” one worker said.

There are still two Curves locations in the Lansing area: 5015 South Cedar St. and on Elmwood Road in Delta Township.

“All members are welcome to transfer memberships to neighboring clubs,” Carr said.

When asked if they knew of the closing, a representative from the Cedar Street Curves said, “We don’t have a comment on that.”

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