As Outrage Mounts, San Francisco Gyms Say They’ll Leave the Gold’s Gym Brand
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Via Salon, the Gold’s Gym controversy — sparked by a massive donation from the Robert Rowling, the owner of Gold’s parent company, TRT Holdings, to American Crossroads — continues to grow:
Four Gold’s Gyms franchises in the San Francisco Bay Area will leave the Gold’s brand after 22 years following the revelation that the owner of Gold’s gave $2 million to American Crossroads, the conservative outfit that is funding candidates who are unfriendly to gay rights.“Our contracts started 22 years ago. We’re one of the first franchisees for Gold’s Gym. We can’t get out over night, but we will be out of it,” Don Dickerson, director of operations for Gold’s in the Bay Area, told Salon, adding that the bulk of the gyms’ business comes from the LGBT community.
Gold’s Gym is a non-political organization and our member’s dues are not used to fund political candidates. Bob Rowling, the CEO of our ownership group, TRT Holdings, made a private donation completely independent from (and not on behalf of) Gold’s Gym.It is important to note that most Gold’s Gyms around the country are independently owned and operated by franchisees. They are hard working small business owners who embrace and accept members from all walks of life.
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