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LA Weight Loss Centers Close in Charlotte, NC

LA Weight Loss Centers in Charlotte, NC closed abruptly this week, leaving some customers owed hundreds of dollars.

According to the Charlotte Observer:

Tom Bartholomy, president of the Better Business Bureau of the Southern Piedmont, said his office started receiving calls this morning about the closures. The owner of the Charlotte-area centers, which are operated as a franchise, could not immediately be reached.

This morning, a sign posted on the door of the LA Weight Loss Center on Baxter Street near uptown Charlotte read: “Due to the current economic conditions and the notice from our Franchisor that they are ceasing operations we have no choice but to close our Charlotte and surrounding area centers.”

It said the company would contact as many of its clients as possible “to deliver the products owed to you,” and left an email address, customerservice@laweightlossnc.com.

In a recent comment left here, Kelly Clark, who says she is a former employee, reports:

Update on LA Weight Loss NC Franchise The following centers will be closing effective 12/11/08.

Rock Hill, SC
Hickory, NC
Pineville, NC
Mooresville, NC
Gastonia, NC
University, NC
Uptown, NC
Huntersville, NC

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LA WEIGHT LOSS: More Wisconsin LA Weight Loss Centers Closing

The widespread closings of LA Weight Loss centers continue in Wisconsin, as elsewhere. The local Inches-A-Weigh franchise is offering a discount to LA Weight Loss members left stranded by the closings. According to the Appleton Post-Crescent:
“LA Weight Loss will close its two locations here next Wednesday. They are at 1005 Mutual Way in Grand Chute, near Wal-Mart and N474 Eisenhower Drive, Buchanan, near Regal Cinemas. Both opened in 2004. In a written statement, the company cited “economic conditions in our country at this time” as the reason for closure. The company will contact current clients and offer them phone counseling or a refund.

“Another women’s weight loss business, Inches-A-Weigh at 4774 Integrity Way, Grand Chute, will give a discount to anyone with unexpired LA Weight Loss contracts, said co-owner Dave Murphy.”

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Milwaukee, WI

L.A. Weight Loss is closing all of its Milwaukee, WI locations according to the WITI-TV Milwaukee:

“Another sign of the times – a national franchise is closing all six of its Milwaukee area locations. This time, it’s LA Weight Loss that’s tightening its belt, leaving a lot of unhappy customers.”

Other recent closings include:

LA Weight Loss Center Closing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Rochester, Minnesota

LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Portland, OR

LA Weight Loss Center Closes in Great Falls, MT

LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Raleigh, N.C.

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Raleigh, N.C.

L.A. Weight Loss just announced it’s closing in Raleigh, N.C., according to the News & Observer:

“The LA Weight Loss centers at 6675 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh and 163 SE Cary Parkway will close in mid-November.

“Company spokeswoman Jackie Zima said the closures were due to ‘economic conditions in our country at this time.’

“The centers are notifying members, she said. … In Durham Jenny Craig opened a new center at 8128 Renaissance Parkway.”

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Rochester, Minnesota

L.A. Weight Loss just announced its closing in Rochester, Minnesota center, according to the Post-bulletin:

“L.A. center to close

L.A. Weight Loss is trimming from its corporate waistline and that means Rochester’s center will close soon.

Current members will still receive the full program, the company said. “We are servicing out all of our clients. We’re not just closing our doors,” said spokeswoman Jackie Zima. “We’re there through the end of the year.”

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LA Weight Loss Center Closing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

L.A. Weight Loss just announced its closing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin center, according to a report on WQOW:

“L.A. Weight Loss just announced its closing in Eau Claire next Wednesday.

“When News 18 contacted the corporate offices, they sent us this statement: ‘We wish we could have stayed open after operating in the Eau Claire area for 4 years, but the economic conditions in our country at this time have forced us to close our centers.’

“Several members of L.A. Weight Loss contacted the station expressing their frustration. The members say it’s not just losing out on money they’re upset about.

“Members told News 18 they were looking forward to the extra support during the holiday season….”

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LA Weight Loss Center Closes in Great Falls, MT

The LA Weight Loss Center in Great Falls, MT has closed, according to local station KRTV:

"The Great Falls business community has suffered another loss, as L.A. Weight Loss closed this week.

The weight loss business was located in the Twilite Center on Smelter Avenue.

A toll-free number on the L.A. Weight Loss website states, "At this time there are no L.A. Weight Loss centers in your calling area."

It’s unknown how many employees the closure affects or what current L.A. Weight Loss customers can do to get refunds."

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LA Weight Loss Centers Closing in Portland, OR

All the LA Weight Loss Centers in Portland, OR are closing, according to a KATU report:

“PORTLAND, Ore. – The poor economy is forcing LA Weight Loss to close all of its franchises in the Portland area.

“The company is offering an alternative program and some customers may be eligible for refunds.

“Following is a statement from LA Weight Loss Franchise Company Inc., in Horsham, Pennsylvania:

“We wish we could have stayed open after operating in the Portland area for six years, but because of the economic conditions in our country at this time, which has forced us to close our centers. We are proud and happy to have helped the thousands of clients, who had success on our program and achieved their personal goal weights.

LA Weight Loss is currently still open and in the process of servicing out all active clients and are notifying all of them through letters and telephone calls, as well as in-person meetings.

We have a program set up called ‘LA on the GO’ to continue to provide the service and product as well as one-on-one counseling over the phone. Active clients who are currently participating on the program and have chosen to not participate on the LA on the GO program will receive a refund if eligible. Any active LA Weight Loss client that has questions can contact their local center.””

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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 CENTER CLOSINGS (updated 10/3/08)

Weight Loss Complaints maintains this unofficial list of rumors and reports of LA Weight Loss center closings because LA Weight Loss chooses not to share information with the press or its members. The following list of recent and upcoming closures is compiled through press reports and tips from LA Weight Loss members and customers.
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This unofficial list is compiled and updated through comments, tips and rumors supplied to us by anonymous LA Weight Loss employees, LA Weight Loss members and ex-members, and news reports. Please post any corrections, additions or insights in the comments section below. Thanks!

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

CA La Quinta

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 Greenville
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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