2020 | Business

Business Notes: Washington Sports Clubs owner files for bankruptcy

Plus: Bethesda Big Train donates $2,500 to Manna; Dave & Busters retroactively laying off up to 265 workers

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Washington Sports Clubs' parent company Town Sports International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Parent company of Washington Sports Clubs files for bankruptcy

The parent company of Washington Sports Clubs, a chain of membership-based fitness centers, has filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

Town Sports International filed on Monday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which allows the company to restructure itself. Court filings say there are between 10,001 and 25,000 creditors.

News of the bankruptcy was first reported Tuesday by the Washington Business Journal.

Washington Sports Clubs has locations on Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. A downtown Bethesda location on Wisconsin Avenue closed in June.

Jonathan Flukes, the general manager of the Silver Spring location, told Bethesda Beat on Wednesday that the gym would remain open. A manager at the North Bethesda location declined to comment when asked about the bankruptcy filing.

Bethesda Big Train baseball team donates $2,500 to Manna Food Center

The summer collegiate baseball team Bethesda Big Train announced Monday that it is donating $2,500 to Manna Food Center — a hunger relief organization that operates a food pantry and distributes food at sites throughout Montgomery County.

Bethesda Big Train Founder and President Bruce Adams said in a press release that the team wanted to donate to Manna to help with its work in combatting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our founding mission in 1999 was to improve opportunities for our youth. And our community building work has never been more important than it is today. Food insecurity is a top challenge not just nationally but right here in Montgomery County,” he said.

Adams also said in the press release that when the team launched its fundraising campaign in June, it pledged to donate the first $25 of the first 100 donations of $100 or more to Manna.

“We are pleased to announce that we met our first fundraising goal of $60,000 this summer, and we met our goal of 100 donors of $100 and more,” he said.

Dave & Busters announces up to 265 layoffs in Gaithersburg, Silver Spring

Dave & Busters, a chain of arcades and restaurants, has announced up to 265 layoffs at its locations in downtown Silver Spring and Gaithersburg’s Rio shopping area. The layoffs are retroactive to March 16.

The arcade chain filed notices of the layoffs on Sept. 9 under the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires some employers to give advance notice of business closures and mass layoffs.

The worker dislocation notices state that up to 117 workers at the Silver Spring location and up to 148 at the Gaithersburg location have been laid off. The layoffs are due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the notices state.

Arcades have not been allowed to reopen in Montgomery County, but are allowed to operate at limited capacity in other parts of the state.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdsamagazine.com