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LA WEIGHT LOSS: La Quinta Center Closes Abruptly, Strands Members

Here’s the report in the Desert Sun:

The Coachella Valley’s only La Weight Loss Center, previously at 79-220 Corporate Center Dr. Suite 102 in La Quinta, closed its doors without notifying customers Sept. 24. Franchise owner Patricia Gesswein has left a message on her cell phone, telling her customers she will miss them.
“I got instructions from the corporate office today and I had no notice,” Gesswein tells callers. “This was my job and my life. I’ve never been in a siuation like this.”
But the corporate offices for La Weight Loss, based in Horsham Township, PA. said she is responsible for the closure.
“We’re as befuddled as the customers are,” said Brian Siegel, senior vice president. “She took their money and shut without notice. She needs to give refunds because these are not our operating procedures.”

It is surprising that Brian Segal is “befuddled,” since LA Weight Loss has evidently closed more than sixty locations recently (See our unofficial list of LA Weight Loss center closings).  It’s also surprising that Patricia Gesswein claims she receved “instructions” from the corporate office and refers to LAWL as her “job.”  As a franchisee, she is the owner of the franchised business.

Comments on the story were unsympathetic to Gesswein.

Suzy Snowflake wrote:  “Hokey Pokey diet anyway. Doesn’t work.”

ChrisinPS wrote:  “Sorry Patricia, your excuse does not pass the smell test. You are the franchise owner, but say that corporate closed you down? Sounds like she took the money and ran.”

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LA Weight Loss Closings: Poway, San Diego Centers to Close This Week

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This just in from clariece

Poway (San Diego) center closes at the end of the week. They’re referring everyone to either Oceanside (70 miles roundtrip), Mission Valley (40 miles roundtrip) or to L.A. Weight Loss online.

San Diego reports:

Another San Diego market update – All the remaining centers in the San Deigo market that did not close last month, are closing now! The centers is Chula Vista, El Cajon and Poway are closing their doors as of tonight (09-10-2008) leaving only the Mission Valley and Oceanside locations open for a week, before they close on 9-17-08. If anybody in the San Diego market reads this before those centers close tonight and you are owed any product, go get it now, if you can, and also as for your file so you can make sure your social security & credit card numbers and any other personal information don’t get dumped in the trash. Otherwise go to the Mission Valley or Oceanside centers before the 17th. Hope this news helps, and sorry for the short notice, but the news just came down the pipe an hour ago.
Funny enough, they also have a nationwide marketing campaign for a Friends & Family two for one signup scheduled for the 16th! I would not refer anyone to join in San Diego if I were you – not much value in a 24 hour program…

Here’s the updated list:  LA WEIGHT LOSS: Centers Closed or Closing (Updated List)

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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.


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