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Post » 13 Nov 2010, 12:24

Dragons Den star sees gym close after 18 months

From West Lothian Courier

Dragons Den star sees gym close after 18 months

A GYM opened in Livingston by Dragons’ Den entrepreneur James Caan has closed after just 18 months.

Nuyuu Fitness at Livingston Designer Outlet closed after the company, which received £2million of investment from Caan, has gone into liquidation.

The health club’s 20 staff were handed their final pay slips last Friday and told there was no longer jobs for them.

Caan is famous for his role as part of the BBC’s team of top entrepreneur’s who star in the hit series Dragon’s Den, which also includes his business rival Duncan Bannatyne.

Now staff at Bannantyne’s Health Club in Livingstone say there has been a surge of membership at their nearby gym.

Acting manager Paul Johnston said: “We’ve had about 70-odd members join so far in two-and-a-half days and we expect more.”

Nuyuu Fitness opened on the site of the former LA Fitness in April last year.

It sparked a row between the two Dragons as Bannatyne had already established his club in the town.

Four of Caan’s Nuyuu Fitness branches in England were bought up last month – but a deal was not agreed for the Livingston gym. However, despite their rivalry, Bannatyne offered his sympathies to Caan over the closure of his business.

He said: “It’s a real shame this has happened to James Caan’s only Scottish club.

“On the other hand, I am committed to Livingston and the Bannatyne’s Health Club continues to flourish in the town and we have been more than happy to welcome new members who were left high and dry by the closure.”
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