Pixel Tracker

Wednesday, November 21 , 2018, 12:12 am | Fair 51º

 
 
 
 

Gold’s Gym Takes Over 3 Santa Barbara-Area Bay Club Locations

No closures will take place for the locations as the gym continues the rebranding process

Gold’s Gym acquired three Santa Barbara-area locations of The Bay Club, including this facility at 21 W. Carrillo St. Click to view larger
Gold’s Gym acquired three Santa Barbara-area locations of The Bay Club, including this facility at 21 W. Carrillo St. (Sam Goldman / Noozhawk photo)

The Bay Club, the active-lifestyle and hospitality company, has officially left the Santa Barbara area after fitness giant Gold’s Gym acquired its three local locations.

The Bay Club, self-described as “like an everyday resort,” has 23 locations around the state, and operated in Santa Barbara at 21 W. Carrillo St. and 3908 State St., and in Goleta at 6144 Calle Real.

The company declined to comment on the acquisitions.

Gold’s Gym maintains over 700 locations around the world, and the Santa Barbara-area gyms are now owned by brothers Angel and Willy Banos, who form the largest Gold’s franchise group in the state with over a dozen gyms.

“We’re working hard to bring results-oriented health clubs back to the community,” Willy Banos said. “Our brand is over 50 years old. We look forward to servicing the community one member at a time.”

The facilities will not close during the rebranding and transition phase, he told Noozhawk. The deal was completed on Oct. 1, he said, after roughly six months of hammering out details.

The clubs were founded as Gold’s Gyms back in the early 1990s, Banos said, and he and his brother considered buying them when they were up for sale in 2005, but ultimately passed.

The facilities later became Spectrum Athletic Clubs, a chain acquired by the Bay Club a year and a half ago.

The gym facilities didn’t quite fit into the Bay Club’s more comprehensive hospitality and resort model, Banos said.

“It wasn’t in their wheelhouse,” he said. “We took the opportunity to work with them and take over these three clubs.”

According to a statement from the Banos’ franchise, Bay Club memberships will be converted to Gold’s memberships, and visitors to the “Uptown,” “Downtown” and Goleta locations can soon expect updated equipment and a variety of programs, along with renovated locker rooms, new flooring, new group fitness programs, bottle drinks, health bars and a Gold’s retail shop.

“Overall, cleansing and cleaning of the clubs,” Banos said.

The gyms are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Noozhawk staff writer Sam Goldman can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Gary Welterlen and Carla Reeves
Gary Welterlen and Carla Reeves
"We both love this business. We strive to make life long relationships from each real estate transaction."

Full Profile >