Updated: 09/02/17 : 07:15:23
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Sligo gym overnight closure shocks paid-up members

Members of a popular Sligo gym were shocked to find they were locked out of the premises on Tuesday morning.

Genesis Gym, housed in the former McGolderick warehouse on Ballast Quay had been recently promoting special membership deals which were availed of by many eager fitness enthusiasts.

It appears that the contents of the gym were cleared out overnight on Monday with the reception desk dumped outside the run-down unit.

However the Iranian owner Mehran Ghanbari is no stranger to closing gyms unexpectedly.

Platinum Gym in Springtown, Derry/Londonderry closed without notice in 2011 with some members having just paid membership fees.

Ghanbari, who ran the Northern Ireland business, said at the time that he could not guarantee members would  get their money back.

He also said he had no idea how much he owed employees who had not been paid.

"There's around twenty people between part-timers and full-timers, legally I have no idea what is going to happen next.

"As far as I know they are going to get paid at some point, but the date and when - I don't know the answer to that question."






Bankrupt


He was declared bankrupt following a petition by his former landlord in Derry to a Belfast court in April 2011.

In Limerick the gym boss opened a new business on St Joseph Street without planning permission.

Dozens of residents on the street objected to Ghanbari's plans in 2013 to retain the use of a former warehouse as the Kings Gym, complaining of loud music pumping from the premises until late into the evening.

In February 2015 Ghanbari was disqualified for 11 years in respect of his conduct as a director of Ben Madigan Limited (the Company).

The company carried out the business of operating a health studio and masseurs from Limavady Road and entered liquidation on May 5, 2011 with estimated total assets available for preferential creditors of £nil, liabilities to preferential creditors of £792, liabilities to non-preferential creditors of £182,491, and an estimated deficiency as regards creditors of £183,283.

After taking into account the losses incurwred by members (the shareholders) of the company the estimated total deficiency was £183,284.

Sligo Today understands that two gyms may still operating in Limerick and Letterkenny.

The Sligo gym had no electricity mains supply and power for over the past year was provided to the premises by a mobile generator.