Since the Stay at Home order was signed by Governor Wolf, many businesses across Berks County have either scaled back operations or announced temporary closures. Unfortunately, as the weeks go on, more and more local businesses are announcing permanent closures.

The most recent permanent closure is Snap Fitness in Douglassville. Franchise owner, John Stockton, made the announcement on Facebook Friday, stating he could not bare to continue the business with no incoming revenue.

“This decision comes after 12 years of operating Snap Fitness and support from the Douglassville/ Amity communities” said Stockton. “At my age of 77 years old it is my time to retire.”

Stockton said he made the decision to sell the business at the beginning of the year, and has been actively searching for a new owner since. “I think our gym is a vital and valuable part of the community and I had hoped it would continue.”

According to Stockton, the Coronavirus Pandemic has made all of his potential buyers reluctant to move forward in the process. “The future financial situation of the club is difficult.”

With no income for April and May, Stockton says his forecast for the next few months is very unfavorable. “I simply cannot continue to invest my retirement saving to keep the gym open, I hope you understand.”

For those with memberships, Stockton says he has not invoiced for any payments since April 1st, and will be refunding members for pre-paid services like personal training or membership dues. “You will not see any future fees from Snap Fitness Douglassville and I will be mailing refund checks as soon as possible.”

Stockton ended his social media video by saying, “I want to thank each of you, and many past members as well throughout the 12 years. Many of you are far more than members to me, I’m happy to call you my family and friends.”