WILSON BOROUGH, Pa. – The LA Fitness in Wilson Borough will close next month, an employee confirmed today.

The final workouts at the 340 S. 25th St. gym will wind up at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28, the final day of operation. The employee did not say what will happen at the location next.

The LA Fitness property is adjacent to the former Dixie Cup plant on 24th Street and next to a former Kmart.

The Dixie plant may become the site of more than 400 apartments and help build the borough’s tax base, but as of Friday there had been no sale of that property.

Attorney Joseph Reibman, head of the ownership group of Dixie, said the transaction of the old paper-cup plant is not complete.

“My agreement of sale for the Dixie building remains in the process,” Reibman has said. “Nothing has changed.”

Loopnet.com, a website for real estate sales, lists the property at $10 million with a note that it is “under contract.”

When the site was proposed for use at least in part as a warehouse, Northampton County Executive Lamont G. McClure said he would oppose any tax breaks. He later said he would consider a break on county property taxes if the Dixie site is used for housing.

An email sent to the headquarters of La Fitness in Irvine, California, was not returned.

The chain was founded in 1984 in California. The Easton-area branch on South 25th Street has amenities including a pool, sauna, spa, personal training and group training.

The LA Fitness closest to the Wilson gym is at 1515 Mauch Chunk Road in South Whitehall Township, just off Route 22 and near the border with Allentown.

Northampton County property records indicate that the Wilson gym property covers 2.7 acres and is owned by Fitness International, owner of LA Fitness and other brands.



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