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May 11, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the dueling health clubs again. In the latest dispatches from the workout war here, the super-snazzy Sports Club/Irvine says new members are getting harder to find, and a competitor across the street could make customers even scarcer when it starts to build its Sporting Club soon. At the extra-spiffy Sports Club/Irvine along the San Diego Freeway, the stream of new memberships has slowed since the club opened over the winter.
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August 5, 2011 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles-based Sports Club Co. has agreed to sell three Southern California properties and one in New York City to competitor Equinox. A source familiar with the negotiations said the purchase price was about $125 million. The luxury fitness companies said they signed the deal Wednesday. The properties include the real estate for the Los Angeles and Irvine locations and the leases for the Beverly Hills and the New York Rockefeller Center properties, said Harvey Spevak, chief executive of Equinox.
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BUSINESS
July 9, 1988 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE
A $20-million executive health club to be built in Irvine next year is being billed by its backers as a one-of-a-kind facility for upscale, body-conscious Orange County residents. Coincidentally, backers of a $25-million executive health club scheduled to be built in Irvine next year, right across the freeway from the other one-of-a-kind facility, are calling theirs a unique club for the county's upper crust.
IMAGE
October 11, 2009 | Lori Kozlowski
We're still in a recession. Work is scarce, cash is low, spirits are lower and layoffs still loom. It seems like the least opportune time to pamper yourself, and yet it may be one of the most important. As a stress relief for you and your bank account, the spas of Koreatown offer first-class services at economical prices. Edward Kim, manager of Century Sports Club and Day Spa, put it this way: "People say we're a luxury. We're not a luxury. We're more of a luxurious necessity.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1989 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
Last year two developers who each planned a snazzy, multimillion-dollar health club in the John Wayne Airport area discussed merging and starting just one club. But the two never reached agreement. Now one club has a long head start--it is already well under construction--but the second developer has not abandoned plans. The first club, Sports Club/Irvine, is under construction on Koll Co. land across the San Diego Freeway from the airport.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It is also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. Now there a new wrinkle: health clubs.
NEWS
July 20, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Somehow, it's fitting. Here in the epicenter of the buffed and tummy-tucked stand two of the nation's most spectacular health clubs--facing one another across the San Diego Freeway, mirror monuments to Southern California's preoccupation with appearance. First came the $30-million Sports Club--a 125,000-square-foot spa with such amenities as a basketball court, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, child care center and restaurant.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It's also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings, you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. But now--you'll pardon the expression--there is a new wrinkle: health clubs.
NEWS
December 1, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the most part, kids and fitness centers don't really mix. Nearly all Orange County clubs offer drop-in care for young children of parents who want to work out, but beyond that there's often little for kids or teens to do (most clubs have a minimum-age limit of 18 for use of exercise equipment). Some clubs, however, are making strides toward involving youngsters in the fitness movement.
REAL ESTATE
February 1, 1987
All American Sports Club Inc. has leased 60,000 square feet of space in the former Bank of America Building, 115 Pine Ave., Long Beach, for 15 years for a total consideration of $14.7 million--one of the largest leases ever signed in downtown Long Beach. Matlow-Kennedy Corp., Torrance, represented Pine Avenue Limited, the lessor. The $5-million restoration of the building is expected to be completed in about a year.
WORLD
July 21, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Dripping with sweat, Bakr Sallih lunges toward his opponent and delivers a cracking punch to the jaw. "Easy," chides his coach. "I want wisdom. I don't want force." Less than a year ago, the lean 17-year-old was running the streets of Adhamiya with a Kalashnikov, defending the Sunni Arab enclave from attacks from the surrounding Shiite Muslim districts in east Baghdad. But that was then, he says. Now, his fights are confined to the boxing ring at the Adhamiya Sports Club.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2005 | Lydia Marcus, Special to The Times
The lasting mark my father, a Holocaust survivor, has made on me is not from the tiny bits he has shared about his past, but from what he hasn't said. My dad has always told me that he had to draw an imaginary line between his past and his present to be able to emotionally survive and live his life. Since I understand his coping mechanism, I've never really delved into deep conversations about his personal history.
AUTOS
August 13, 2003 | Roger Vincent
More than 300 sports car enthusiasts gathered Aug. 2 near the Santa Monica Pier at an event intended to promote harmony among hard-core partisans of various makes. The summit was arranged by Mani Jayasinghe, who noticed years ago that sports car forums were clannish events where owners of a certain type of car would meet -- and rag on owners of competing brands.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Sports Club Co., a Los Angeles-based fitness center operator that caters to celebrities, has been sued by a shareholder who says a $54.6-million buyout plan is unfair and is designed to mask accounting problems. Shareholder Ronald Frankel's lawsuit contends a $3-per-share offer made in April by four investors who hold more than 80% of the stock is too low. Frankel filed his lawsuit Monday in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2002
Authorities are investigating an early Wednesday blaze at an Anaheim Hills sports club that shot 100-foot flames into the air. No injuries were reported, but the 4:38 a.m. fire at the Anaheim Hills Racquet Club "almost totally damaged" the 4,000-square-foot building in the 400 block of Anaheim Hills Road, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department. She said 50 firefighters battled the blaze an hour to contain it.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2002 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Earvin "Magic" Johnson opens his new sports club today in tony Sherman Oaks, it will be a clear signal that the basketball-great-turned-businessman is expanding his magic kingdom beyond the 'hood. As founder and chief executive of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Johnson has spent the last nine years bringing theaters, restaurants and coffee houses to under-served communities--typically urban centers with large minority populations.
NEWS
March 26, 1987
Linda Gray, DOnna Mills, Dennis Weaver, Jeff Bridges and John Ritter will be the celebrity hosts at the opening benefit celebration of the Sports club/LA, 1835 Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. The event will benefit LIFE (Love Is Feeding Everyone) and the Rainbow Guild/Amie Karen Cancer Fund for Children and will honor Marcus Allen of the Los Angeles Raiders. Allen will receive the club's first "Superstar of Sports" award. Tickets cost $60.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2002
Authorities are investigating an early Wednesday blaze at an Anaheim Hills sports club that shot 100-foot flames into the air. No injuries were reported, but the 4:38 a.m. fire at the Anaheim Hills Racquet Club "almost totally damaged" the 4,000-square-foot building in the 400 block of Anaheim Hills Road, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department. She said 50 firefighters battled the blaze an hour to contain it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He weighs less than Mike Tyson's legs. But Brian Gonzalez--all 65 pounds of him--bounds across a Santa Ana boxing ring, stalking his larger opponent. With every punch, his headgear heaves upward. Even as he gazes into the other boxer's eyes, Brian has to adjust the oversized equipment.
NEWS
April 5, 2001 | From Associated Press
Most Americans can tolerate being fat and getting too little exercise, a new survey says. They believe they're fine just as they are. A poll for the health club industry found 74% of respondents saying they were generally satisfied with their health. But separate federal figures say 55% of Americans are too fat, and that more than 60% do not get enough physical activity regularly to benefit their health.
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