New York Sports Clubs owner files for bankruptcy on coronavirus hit, eyes sale

(Reuters) – Town Sports International Inc, the owner of New York Sports Clubs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday and plans to sell itself, after the coronavirus pandemic forced its gyms to close and caused revenue to dry up.

Saying the pandemic “wreaked havoc” on its operations, Town Sports and 161 affiliates filed for protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

As of March 31, Town Sports operated 185 fitness centers, including 99 New York Sports Clubs, with about 580,000 members.

The company’s brands also include gyms in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. named for those cities, as well as Lucille Roberts and Total Woman Gym and Spa. Assets and liabilities totaled between $500 million and $1 billion.

Gym operators have suffered as the pandemic deprived them of the monthly membership and personal training fees that generate much of their revenue.

Gold’s Gym International Inc filed for

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The Gun-Toting, Millennial Restaurant Owner Trying to Ride the Covid Backlash to Congress

As Boebert proudly touts her insurgent primary win at campaign events, her Democratic opponent, Diane Mitsch Bush, a former county commissioner and state legislator from Steamboat Springs, has begun to seize on Boebert’s less-than-polished past — including multiple arrests and a history of financial and other issues at her restaurant. Boebert also faced criticism in May when she appeared to embrace the QAnon conspiracy theory, saying she hoped it was real “because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values.” Her campaign has since said repeatedly that Boebert does not support the QAnon theory, which the FBI has warned could pose a domestic terrorist threat. “She is on the record that she is not a follower of conspiracy theories,” Laura Carno, a campaign spokesperson, told POLITICO Magazine.

Mitsch Bush, who lost a challenge to Tipton in 2018 by 8 points, in

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4 player moves on Steve Cohen’s to-do list when he becomes Mets owner

For weeks, the specter of Steve Cohen owning the Mets has served as medication of sorts for fans sickened by what is so far another season of disappointment. Every bitter loss has been soothed at least somewhat by the thought of what a multi-billionaire with a fan’s thirst for a championship — a description that reportedly fits Cohen — might do to improve the ballclub.

In fact, the Mets’ faithful seem to see the new owner as their own personal Santa Claus, with everyone drawing up their own wish list of players to be purchased on his dime, presuming that the new owner is going to spend on the team the way he does on his ballyhooed art collection.

And now that Cohen has officially reached agreement to take over ownership of the franchise, pending a November vote of approval by the other Major League Baseball owners, the anticipation of

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RPM Owner, Long Interested In Improving NASCAR’s Diversity, Eyes Replacements For Bubba Wallace

When Andrew Murstein established his sports fund years ago, with the intent of buying into a professional team, his focus was on partnering with a owner from an underrepresented group and consisted of talks with Michael Jordan. The fund ultimately led to his purchasing a share in Richard Petty Motorsports, an organization within the predominately white sport of auto racing.

Murstein sought to shift that decades-long perception, signing Cuban-American driver Aric Almirola in 2012, followed by African-American rookie Bubba Wallace in 2018. Wallace, who confirmed today he’s leaving RPM at the end of the 2020 season

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Gym Owner Who Ran To Support Local Businesses Forced To Close

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morristown gym owner Matt Scarfo is experiencing something many local business owners have felt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic: the loss of his business despite all efforts to save it.

After months of uncertainty, attempts from supportive community members to raise money, and the governor’s go-ahead to reopen, Scarfo announced last week that his business, Full-Time Fitness, would be closing for good.

“Six months is a terribly long time for any small business to hold its breath,” Scarfo wrote in a letter to patrons announcing the closure. “The fact that we held on for this long is just as much a miracle as it is a curse.”

Scarfo, who has run Full-Time Fitness for nearly 10 years, met with his building manager just days before the governor’s announcement that gyms would be allowed to reopen. Unfortunately, he said, that wouldn’t have been enough.

“There was

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Owner of Buenos Aires Nights in Ashford and Maidstone warns some customers have already been hostile about new coronavirus rule

A Kent business owner has warned of confrontation with customers after the introduction of the ‘rule of six’.

Linda Pontoriero, who runs Buenos Aires Nights in Ashford and Maidstone, says she and her staff have already been challenged about the new regulations, that come into force from today.

Linda Pontoriero of Buenos Aries Nights in High Street, Maidstone. Picture: Gary Browne
Linda Pontoriero of Buenos Aries Nights in High Street, Maidstone. Picture: Gary Browne

People booking tables at her steakhouses have been trying to bend the rules by suggesting that larger groups could sit separately in the restaurant, she says.

“Some people try, if it’s 12, they want two tables of six,” said Linda.

“When they come in they say can we put the tables together and we have already explained the situation.”

Even if they sit in different parts of the restaurant, she explained, there is always the danger of them getting up and going over to the other table.

“Sometimes they

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Owner of Palmetto Cheese apologizes for Facebook post, explains Black woman’s image on packaging

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PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW) — The owner of the Palmetto Cheese brand, who is also the mayor of Pawleys Island, apologized Thursday for a racially insensitive Facebook post and explained the branding of his product, which is the target of calls for a boycott.

When posting on Facebook about a man who was charged with shooting and killing two people after a traffic accident in Georgetown, Mayor Brian Henry wrote: “2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man.  Tell me, where is the outrage? When and where will we begin rioting and burning down businesses in Georgetown.”

Henry also referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a “terror” organization.

“Why do we stand by and allow BLM

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Mavs Cuban Wants Dirk As An Owner; Nash Wants Him As Nets Coach

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki is a popular guy.

A year ago, DallasBasketball.com broke the story detailing Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s desire to have the retired icon Nowitzki join the organization in a capacity as a minority owner.

In an interview with our Dalton Trigg on the subject, Cuban said, “Absolutely. I’ll have the convo with Dirk in the future. There is a lot of things involved to make it all work. But it would be awesome.”

Dirk with an ownership stake in this team – the only team he’s ever known – is a nice fit. No single person is more synonymous with the Mavericks than Nowitzki, so such a business partnership would be a coup for Cuban and the Mavs, and would befit their personal friendship as well.

But Dirk has other friends. Like Steve Nash. Who is now involved in another team.


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GoFundMe for Owner of Hair Salon Pelosi Visited Raises More Than $42,000

A GoFundMe campaign to help the owner of the San Francisco salon where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her hair done in breach of COVID-19 rules has raised tens of thousands of dollars and garnered messages of support.

Erica Kious, the owner of eSalon SF, told Fox News she had received death threats after security footage showed Pelosi walking through her business on Monday without wearing a mask over her nose or mouth, contrary to the city’s coronavirus measures.

Personal care services are banned from operating indoors, although on Tuesday, the day after Pelosi’s visit, the city did allow for outdoor services as long as clients were socially distanced.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at an elementary school on September 02, 2020 in San Francisco. Pelosi has been criticized for visiting a hair salon despite a state-wide ban on in-person visits due to COVID-19.
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Small business owner, school board member Lisa Baird ready for next chapter of her life

HENDERSON, Ky. – After 16 years as a small business owner and 12 years as a member of the Henderson County School Board, Lisa Baird is preparing to step away from both.

a man and a woman standing in front of a table: Lisa Baird, owner of C&C Custom Framing, points out picture frame samples to be removed, to friend Lorna Littrell who is helping with the close-out of the shop she has run for 16 years, Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Lisa Baird, owner of C&C Custom Framing, points out picture frame samples to be removed, to friend Lorna Littrell who is helping with the close-out of the shop she has run for 16 years, Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Baird took over the already established C&C Custom Framing in 2004. After more than 45 years in operation, C&C will close its doors at the shop on Ninth Street on Oct. 1.


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Baird’s background had prepared her to take over the business that had been started by sisters Charlene Corley and Sue Chapman in the 1970s.

“Charlene had been working for her uncle cutting glass and doing mats. He owned a glass

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