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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.”




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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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: Multiple Centers Close in KY

Source: 27 WKYT

More customers at L.A. Weight Loss centers in central Kentucky are reporting closures.

We’ve learned that the Frankfort store is now closed. Members there were told to go to the two Lexington locations instead, but both of those have shut down as well.

Members say they’re concerned about how they’ll be refunded for pre-paid services…

“I went in there yesterday to do my normal weigh in, and the door was locked; the lights were off,” says Morrow.

After contacting the fitness program’s district manager, Morrow says she and other confused members were told the two Lexington L.A. Weight Loss centers were shutting down, and it was unclear how and if they would be refunded their money…

However, Morrow says she was already given some options for her time and money lost, but it didn’t include money back.

“She also suggested that maybe we take what fund we were due out in product as a trade out, but at this point, I don’t need any product, just the service promised,” says Morrow.

Morrow says she spent $2,000 on the program but credits it for helping her lose 60 pounds.

“My feelings are hurt because I had been doing so well, and I wanted to finish it,” says Morrow.

So far members tell us they haven’t received any written notice about a closure


LA WEIGHT LOSS: 4 Weight Loss Centers Closing in CO

Source: 9 News

In a statement issued Friday, L A Weight Loss stated, “Due to adverse market conditions, we have merged four of our centers into the remaining six this year. L A Weight Loss will continue to service clients at their current Colorado locations. It is our hope that economic conditions allow us to remain open.”

L A Weight Loss has operated in Colorado for five years.

Programs at the affected centers will be merged into the six centers that will remain open.

Clients of the affected centers have been notified by mail and in person by representatives at the centers, according to L A Weight Loss.

While a spokesperson would not comment on which centers will be closing, a manager at the Colorado Boulevard center told 9NEWS that her location will be closing in September.