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September 29, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Sports Club Co. agreed to sell its Spectrum Club fitness center chain in Southern California to Brentwood Associates for $49 million to focus on expanding its other line of fitness clubs. Los Angeles-based Sports Club, which operates health and fitness clubs in California, New York and Nevada, said it will open six Sports Club/LA centers in New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco and Houston in the next two years. Two New York centers are expected to open early next year.
September 1, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH
Not so fast Elena Ferrero. Anna Russell has another season left at Harvard-Westlake High and intends to make the most of it. Based on her recent performance at a national softball tournament, Russell won't be relinquishing her starting position any time soon. Russell led the Valley Breeze to a runner-up finish last month in the Amateur Softball Assn.'s 18-and-under national championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., allowing 10 hits and no runs in 55 2/3 innings.
July 14, 1999 | Greg Hernandez
David Wilhelm, the creative force behind such Orange County eateries as Chimayo Grill in Newport Beach and French 75 and Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach, is taking over the operations of the restaurant at the Sports Club/Irvine. Wilhelm said Tuesday that he expects to make major changes to the 120-seat Club Bar & Grill, including a new name, look and menu that Wilhelm said will be "fairly eclectic." A new name has not been chosen.
It's when standing between the wickets that Ruben Campos, a 15-year-old from Compton, finds a bit of inner peace. You've got to be patient up there, he says, and keep a steely focus. "Life is a heck of a lot like cricket," Ruben said of his newfound favorite pastime. Cricket? Few Americans have played it, and almost nobody has even heard of it in Compton, Ruben said. "Waiting to bat in cricket is like being on the street when a drive-by happens," he said.
January 19, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
The Sports Club Co. in Los Angeles has agreed to acquire the membership base and certain assets of Sporthouse Inc., which operates a health and fitness club in Thousand Oaks. "We expect to convert a substantial number of the Sporthouse members to our new Spectrum Club-Thousand Oaks when it opens later this month," said John M. Gibbons, president and chief operating officer. "Subject to the completion of this acquisition, our Thousand Oaks club membership may exceed 5,000."
Twelve-year-old Luis Santos of Van Nuys waited five years to play for a team in the East Valley Trojans Youth Football Club. This year was going to be his year. He had worked out for a month with his teammates at Valley Plaza Park on Whitsett Avenue to get in shape for his first home game Saturday.
February 16, 1998
Beware. The Phantom Jim Rat is snooping around Southern California, looking at the best and worst in health clubs, from parking to juice bars to group exercise classes. And Jim isn't just any rat. He's been teaching for four years at various clubs in the area and is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Assn. of America. * If the Sports Club / Irvine were a boat, it would be the QE2. If it were a car, it would be a Rolls-Royce Corniche. If it were an airplane, it would be the Concorde.
January 21, 1998 | (Dow Jones)
Sports Club Co. Inc. said Tuesday that it terminated negotiations for the acquisition of the Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club. Further details were not provided. Los Angeles-based Sports Club operates 14 upscale health and fitness clubs under the Sports Club and Spectrum names.
January 6, 1998 | Dow Jones
Sports Club Co. said Monday that it acquired Racquetball World health and fitness clubs in Fullerton, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and Canoga Park for $17 million. Los Angeles-based Sports Club, which operates 14 upscale health and fitness clubs under the Sports Club and Spectrum names, said $10 million of the purchase price was funded by an affiliate of Millennium LP. Millennium acquired property underlying two of the clubs, which it will lease to the company for $1 million per year.
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