MAC Manchester to close on September 30, new organization may resume operations | New


MANCHESTER – The Manchester Athletic Club on Atwater Avenue closes on September 30. However, the property’s new owner, Cell Signaling Technologies, is looking for new leadership to keep them open.

On Monday, Anthony Simboli, the former owner of MAC Manchester’s fitness and tennis facilities, sent an email to members announcing that “Operations at the Manchester venue are winding down”.

“I hope the club site in Manchester will reopen at some point in a new guise,” his email ends. “Meanwhile, our satellite clubs will remain open and we would love to see you there.”

The satellite clubs are MAC Fitness Gloucester, 6 Whistlestop Way in Gloucester and MAC Fitness Rowley, 148 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley.

Members with annual memberships at the Manchester facility will receive refunds over the next 30 days, Simboli added.

“Closing this chapter is difficult, but necessary,” Simboli’s email continued. “COVID has brought challenges unprecedented in the MAC’s 50-year history, including an extended state-mandated closure, a membership base that has halved, and, post-reopening, increased operational costs. Throughout this time, I have been reminded time and time again that we have incredible employees and incredible members. Leaders should be appreciated and thanked.

Last month, Simboli sold MAC Manchester and two neighboring plots, totaling 48 acres, to Cell Signaling Technologies for $17 million. Cell Signaling Technologies plans to build a 100,000 to 150,000 square foot research and development center on its newly acquired property. Manchester Athletic Club, meanwhile, has been re-leased to Manchester Fitness MAC.

At the same time, Simboli, through Simboli Properties Manchester 42 LLC of Manchester, purchased the property where MAC Fitness Rowley is located – the 6.2 acre property at 144-150 Newburyport Turnpike – as well as the property of 11.6 acres at 124 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley for a total of $10.5million on July 26, according to the South Essex District Deeds Registry.

Simboli and MAC Managing Director Andrew Hankinson could not be reached for comment for this story.

In a press release sent on Tuesday, Cell Signaling Technologies (CST) said MAC had made the decision to shut down its Manchester site on its own without any influence from the company.

“CST views the MAC as an important resource for the Manchester community and wishes to keep it in operation, where possible,” the company’s statement read. “Recently relieved of pre-closure privacy limitations, CST is actively exploring the feasibility of bringing a new operator into the facility and doing everything it can to keep the MAC open to the community.”

Through these ongoing feasibility studies, Cell Signaling Technologies has formed “a short list of qualified third-party club operators who have expressed preliminary interest” in taking over operations from MAC Manchester. It was unclear late Tuesday afternoon who these third-party operators are.

“Much work remains before the outcome of these efforts is known and the timing of the eventual reopening remains uncertain,” the press release continued. “CST recognizes the hardship this uncertainty is causing for CMA employees and members and is continuing its search for a new operator in an expeditious manner. »

Michael Cronin can be reached at 978-675-2708, or [email protected]

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