Gym owner says he couldn’t out muscle financial burden caused by coronavirus pandemic

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LITITZ, Pa (WHTM) – The owner of Iron Fit Gym in Lititz says he will have to close the fitness center.

“This was my retirement,” John Lukas, the owner of the gym, said. “This was my everything, my heart and soul and it’s gone!”

Lukas said there was no competing with the crushing weight of the financial burden brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It just came to an end where I have no more personal funds,” Lukas said. “I have no more revenue coming in, not only for the business, but for myself.”

Lukas said he relied on more than 900 members coming in an paying dues, but he said once Govenor Wolf put the shutdown order in place no one was allowed in the gym and the cash flow stopped and bills did not.

Lukas said poured all his savings into the business, but it won’t be enough.

Others are now crowdfunding to try and pitch in to do what they can.

“If we can’t keep ourselves open, if we can keep that debt down, maybe that will give us a fighting chance to come back in a few years,” Brittany Graber-Hicks, General Manager of Iron Fit Gym, said. “Maybe it’ll also allow (John) some retirement .”

Lukas said a quicker reopening of the state right now can’t help.

“To last to the green phase maybe that’s two months, or three months.” Lukas said. “There has been no revenue that’s almost an impossibility.”

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