LA WEIGHT LOSS: Bakersfield, CA Centers Reportedly Closing

The Bakersfield Californian reports that the now-widespread LA Weight Closures have reached the other coast. The article states that the southwest Bakersfield, CA store on Ming Ave. displays a handwritten sign stating that the center closed in July. The east Bakersfield center on Mount Vernon Avenue states that it is open limited hours, but is full of packed boxes.

It should come as no surprise at this point that the manager could not be reached and phone calls placed to the corporate office in Horsham, PA were not returned.

According to the Californian:

Both of Bakersfield’s L.A. Weight Loss Centers appear to be closing amid nationwide reports that the Pennsylvania-based company is finished.

The east Bakersfield store at 2625 Mount Vernon Ave. is full of packed boxes. A handwritten sign says it is open three days a week. A manager was not available to comment.

Another handwritten sign on the door of the southwest store at 5113 Ming Ave. says it closed in July. No customer information was posted.

Celestine Davies, 50, enrolled in L.A. Weight Loss in June. She said she was shocked when she returned from a long vacation to find the store where she paid about $500 for a 12-week program had shut down.

“I specifically asked if going out of town was going to be a problem when I signed up, and they said no big deal, just pick up where I left off when I got back,” Davies said. “They didn’t say a word about this before they took my money.”

Company representatives could not be reached for comment Friday. Multiple calls to headquarters Friday were met with a busy signal.


LA WEIGHT LOSS: Evansville, IN Center Sold Memberships a Week Before Closing

14 WFIE  covered the all-too-common story of a woman who feels cheated by the abrupt closure of her LA Weight Loss center in Evansville, IN. 

Source:  14 WFIE 

Customers of LA Weight Loss in Evansville are coming forward claiming the store kept their money after closing. Some customers claim there were no warnings.

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“The problem is LA Weight Loss has closed and I’m not receiving services I’ve paid for,” said LA Weight Loss customer Anna Baldwin. 

Baldwin says she charged more than $700 to her credit card for payments to LA Weight Loss. So finding out the store was closed on Thursday came as quite a shock.

“I was pretty upset I was never notified that they just closed,” said Baldwin. 

Baldwin says she is only about halfway through her contract and she the owner still has her money.

“I’m still just left holding an empty bag. I’m in debt now hopefully I can work something out with my credit card,” said Baldwin. 

Baldwin says she paid $400 for a year-long membership with the company.

She also claims she bought 20 boxes of dietary bars for $300 and so far has only received four boxes.

“I talked up this place that they were really helping a lot of people and for them to just up and leave, they’ve let down a lot of people”

Other customers of the weight loss program tell 14 News the store was signing people up and taking their money just a week before closing.

LA Weight Loss released the following statement: “LA Weight Loss franchise company was just notified by the local franchise owner that due to economic conditions he can no longer continue operating the local Evansville, Indiana center.”

The statement went on to leave two contact numbers to reach the owner.

Baldwin called the numbers and says she’s gotten no response.

“I understand times are hard but now i don’t have $708. So I’m hurt just as much as he is. I signed a contract but it needs to be honored one way or another.” said Baldwin. 

…14 News also tried to call the owner and weren’t able to reach him

Indiana consumers should file complaints with both the PA and IN Attorney General’s Offices.

Contact Information is available here:  Contact List of State Attorneys General



LA WEIGHT LOSS: Attorney General Investigates Abrupt TN Closings

NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga covered the all-too-common story of a woman who feels cheated by the abrupt closure of her LA Weight Loss center.  The story also tells TN consumers what action they can take to try to get their money back.

NOTE:  While the report states “We also learned that the LA Weight Loss corporation has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy,” we believe they are referring to the TN franchisee’s corporation, not the franchisor corporation based in Horsham, PA.

Source:  NewsChannel 9

A Chattanooga woman signs a $550 contract with a weight loss center hoping she’d lose 75 pounds. She lost big, but not the pounds. She says she lost her money.

Linda Prabish says, “I’ve been abandoned and I just know I’m going to gain the weight back.” The daunting goal of losing weight just got a lot more difficult for Linda Prabish when LA Weight Loss closed its doors unexpectedly.

“She says, well we’re closing. I said how can you close we still have a contract and you still owe me.” Prabish signed a 52 week contract with LA Weight Loss last October. She says she paid $550 to lose 75 pounds. She lost about 50 pounds, but says now she’s losing money.

“I said you do realize this is a breach of contract. And all she could say was I know,” says Prabish.

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We also learned that the LA Weight Loss corporation has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. And now the state attorney general’s office is getting involved.

“They need to go to the attorney general’s office to make sure their name is on the list. The attorney general’s office will collectively try to get some money for them,” says Winsett. He goes on to say the attorney general’s office is collecting names for a possible class-action lawsuit.

Information that Prabish is glad to know. “They owe us quite a bit. We stuck up to our side. It’s time for them to stick up to their side.”


Consumers who feel as though they’ve been defrauded by LA Weight Loss can contact the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General, Robert E. Cooper, Jr.

Contact Information:

Switchboard: (615) 741-3491

Consumer Protection: (615) 741-1671

Victim Information Services: (615) 532-1971



LA WEIGHT LOSS: Letter From Closed Chattanooga Center

The closing of the LA Weight Loss center on 2271 Gunbarrell Road in Chattanooga, TN has been getting a lot of press coverage.  NewsChannel 9 printed this letter on its website:

Source:  NewsChannel 9

NewsChannel 9 received this response from LA Weight Loss on Friday, August 15.  A company employee from the LA Weight Loss Center on Gunbarrell Road tells us they sent the following letter to their clients.

August 8, 2008

Dear Valued Client,

Thank you for choosing LA Weight Loss program and for letting us help you on your road to weight loss success.  We respect your commitment to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  It’s an honor to have taken part in your weight loss journey and we commend your success thus far.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the franchise has made the decision to close this center.  We have made every attempt to remain open and provide service as long as possible, trying to stay in order to provide you support and guidance as you reach your weight loss goal.  Over the course of the next 30 to 60 days we will be shipping out product once we have received and verified your chart.

We have sincerely appreciated the opportunity to get to know you and to take part in your weight loss journey.  For the past eight weeks we have been fulfilling balances and will continue to the best of our ability.  During the upcoming weeks, please email us at if you have additional questions.  Information can also be provided for “LA on the Go,” our online service program.

We appologize for this occurrence and appreciate your understanding.  We hope that you will remain committed to your new healthy lifestyle and continue to pursue your weight loss goal.  Again, we congratulate your decision to change your life and we wish you continued success every step of the way.


LA Weight Loss Centers

2271 Gunbarrell Road #420, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Phone: (423) 893-7811, Fax (423) 893-0305



LA WEIGHT LOSS: Centers Closed or Closing (Updated List)

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LA Weight Loss Centers Reported Closed or Closing Soon

Updated 8/22/08

CA San Diego
CA Escondido
CA Encinitas
CA Bakersfield – East (Mount Vernon Ave.)
CA Bakersfield – SW (Ming Ave.)
CA Poway (San Diego)
CA Chula Vista
CA El Cajon

CO Colorado Springs (Closed 7/08)
CO Denver (Blvd Ctr – Sept. 08)
CO Aurora
CO Boulder
CO Lakewood
CO Centennial

GA Conyers
GA Alpharetta
GA Camps Creek
GA Lawrenceville
GA Stone Mountain

ID Boise,
ID Nampa

IN Evansville
IN Vincennes
IN Terre Haute
IN Bloomington

KY Elizabethtown,
KY Louisville/Hurstbourne
KY Springhurst
KY Frankfort (Closed 08/08)
KY Lexington Hamburg Pavilion (Closed 08/08)
KY Lexington Beaumont Centre (Closed 08/08)
KY Owensboro

MT Bozeman

NE Butte
NE Lincoln

NV Reno
NV Sparks

NC Jacksonville
NC Wilmington (Closed 7/08)

SC Asheville
OK Oklahoma City – North (10/08)
OK Oklahoma City – South (10/08)
OK Mid West City (10/08)
OK Edmond (10/08)
OR McMinnville (09/08)
OR Sherwood (09/08)
SC Spartanburg

TN Chattanooga
TN Bartlett (8/29/08)
TN Columbia
TN Kingsport
TN Jackson
TN Bristol
TN Johnson City
TN Greenville

TX Temple
TX Waco (September 26th)
TX Killeen (September 26th)
TX College Station (September 26th)

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LA WEIGHT LOSS: Adding Insult to Injury in Columbia, TN

Kandi was a new member of the LA Weight Loss center in Columbia, TN. She claims that she not only suffered the injury of having the center close abruptly 2 weeks after she joined, she also had the added insult of her refund check being cancelled.
Writes Kandi:

The Columbia, TN site closed as well. I was only a member for 2 weeks when they closed. I complianed enough that they refunded me a portion…. then they CANCELLED THE CHECK!!!!!! LA Weightloss is a horrible company and I hope they all close.

Allie writes:

I was a client at the New Bern Store up until Feb when I had to leave for Maturnity. The Center closed shortly after… I was then told to correspond with the Jacksonville store, which I did stating that I wanted a refund. They told me that it was processed and that it would take anywhere form 30 to 90 days. It has now gone pass the 90 day mark. The Jacksonville store is closed and Corp LA Weight loss claims that they are not responsible for these centers because they didn’t receive any funds from them. I Want my money! What Am I suppose to do? Are there any other people out there that are trying to get some direct answers?

Beth Lee writes:

I was also a client at LA Weight Loss and probably like others I had paid all my money up front. I paid for a year supply of LA Bars that I guess I wil never get. The total of these bars was $1,000 for a year which was quite pricey. I was wondering who I could contact to get help? Thanks

We wish we had better answers for you. Stay tuned… we are trying to get some answers. If you have any insights, please leave a comment below.


LA Weight Loss Tosses Client Files in Dumpster

LA Weight Loss customers are up in arms over the closings of two North Carolina centers, the abandonment of prepaid members, and the discovery of member records dumped carelessly in the dumpster. Source:
Follow-up on LA Weightloss closing without warning

Last night we told you about a local weight loss franchise that closed without warning.

Turns out it is not the only branch in the region to abruptly shut down. A branch in Jacksonville also closed this past week.

Clients were referred there after the nearby New Bern branch closed a few months ago.

Clients of the Wilmington location say the doors have been locked for a week.

Since we broke the story yesterday, a number of people called and e-mailed the newsroom to share their stories. Most said they are now out hundreds of dollars.

Yesterday, we found files with clients’ personal information and social security numbers tossed in the dumpster outside.

Attorney David Ennis said, “What was done was done improperly, it was done illegally and I certainly think people should take measures to make sure this is remedied for them, and that it sends a message to the public or to private business owners.”

Ennis says he is helping people in the area figure out how to get their money back.

We also found out from former employees today that the Wilmington branch was owned by Kelly Walsh of Rhode Island and at least two other partners from Nashville Tennessee.

WWAY has been trying to contact all three business owners for the past two days. None have returned phone calls.

Calls to the L.A. Weight Loss corporate office have also gone unreturned.

LA Weight Loss rip-off, center closed, no refund, should be sued

“I paid A LOT for my LA WEIGHT LOSS MEMBERSHIP and had a few months left. I had some stressors and stopped going for a few months, then decided to get jump started now that summer is here. Went to the store, and was shocked to see there was no sign, the store was empty, no sign on the door, and then I called and the phone rang and there was not even a message! And to think that last week I received a card in the mail to “Come back to LA for free”! I know the stores in Illinois closed, and I am over the border in Wisconsin. Right before I left, the store hours changed twice, and corporate was in there. I had a bad feeling about it and that also made me stop going. I am mad,feel like I got taken for a ride, and wonder how many may have just joined and got ripped off! These people need to be sued!”