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Mariam Azarchehr works out at California Family Fitness in Citrus Heights, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.

California Family Fitness takes over two Sacramento athletic clubs

Published: Friday, May. 2, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Orangevale-based California Family Fitness on Friday closed a deal to acquire Riverside Athletic Club and Alhambra Athletic Club in Sacramento.

Randy Karr, CFF president, said the clubs purchased from Sacramento-based Wenmat Fitness will open today under CFF management.

He said the Alhambra club at 1671 Alhambra Blvd. will operate as California Family Fitness Midtown and the Riverside site at 62 Valine Court will operate as California Family Fitness Greenhaven.

Both sites are being leased. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. With the two additions, CFF now oversees 18 locations.

Friday was a busy day for Karr, who helped oversee Friday’s opening of CFF’s five-level fitness site at 1012 K St. in downtown Sacramento. The 32,000-square-foot site offers fitness classes, personal training, two cardio theaters, a rooftop basketball court, a lounge with fire pits and a recreation room. With the opening of the K Street site, the CFF center at 428 J St. closed Friday.

“We’re excited to get K Street open, and we’re still doing some final tweaks on that,” Karr said. “We’ve been working for the past 45 days on the (purchased Wenmat clubs) that were on the market. The owner, I believe, is looking to retire.

“We’re very pleased. With (the new clubs), we were looking for sites that would not conflict with (other CFF locations). We’re going to be making some improvements to facilities and equipment, and we just want to become a part of those communities.”

Karr said members at the former Wenmat-owned clubs are likely to see few changes at the sites, with current membership routines and fees staying in place. Karr said CFF staff will be added at the newly acquired sites, but he hopes to retain current employees.

Larry Gury, who co-founded California Family Fitness in 1994 with Russ Kuhn, said “it’s a very exciting time, a real plus for the company ... Randy has done a great job.”

Gury and Kuhn now oversee Fit Development in Roseville, but are still minority stakeholders in CFF. Gury said Fit Development helped with the purchase of the former Wenmat clubs.

Gury and Kuhn sold CFF to Bunker Hill Capital in 2006 but maintained ownership of buildings that housed California Family Fitness centers.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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