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Posted: Nov 9, 2012 4:46 PM

Updated: Nov 9, 2012 5:34 PM

EDINBURG - Former customers of an Edinburg gym are worked up because the business closed days after they paid their fees.

The customers called 5 On Your Side for answers.

Some former members of the 600 Plus Gym on Cornerstone said the gym kept soliciting new members up to the last day before the business shut down.

Joanna Salinas and Mark Lozano both were members of the gym for several years.

"Very wrong ... I think that is so wrong," Lozano said.

Lozano said the gym suddenly shut down Saturday. He had just paid a month's worth of dues.

Salinas said she paid $700 a couple of months ago for her family's yearlong membership.

"From one day to the next there was a line full of members out here and they didn't know what had happened. A sign was posted out basically saying ‘we're closed,'" Salinas said.

The gym's website notes that the company is exceeding expectations. It offered aerobics classes, kids' fitness and a pool.

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew found O.J. Navarro Friday outside the gym. He is with First National Bank. He would not say why he was there.

The Texas Secretary of State's website lists the gym's registered agent as Albert Morales of McAllen.

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew went to the listed address on West Dallas Street in McAllen to look for answers.

Morales could not be contacted for comment.

Lozano said gym employees were giving tours and soliciting new members the day before the business closed.

"They were very deceiving and that is not right to do that," Lozano said.

A sign on the door said the "Gym is officially closed. Please know we are making arrangements for you to use another gym."

The sign does not have a phone number or other contact information.

"It was just very disrespectful to the members. ... Especially the ones who have been loyal to them for years," Salinas said.

State law requires health spas to register with the Texas Secretary of State Office in Austin. To register a complaint, call 1-800-621-0508

CLICK HERE TO View The List Of Health Spas Registered With The State.

Topics: joanna salinas, mark lozano, 600 plus gym, albert morales

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