The owner of Anytime Fitness lost the money and goods he needed for a second gym because the loan company he worked with failed to meet his end of the bargain.
KILLEEN, Texas – The owner of Anytime Fitness said he’s partnered with Creative Capital Partners and C&D Financial to open a second gym.
Lawrence Waller said he had deposited 10%, or $ 60,000, and that the company would provide the rest of the money in two months.
Waller said he sent the money, but says the company failed to keep its end of the deal, causing him to lose his money and the ownership of the new gym.
“Going from having money to being broke in a few months is a little devastating,” Waller said.
While filing a complaint, Waller noticed that several other complaints were similar to his. He said he didn’t want this to happen to anyone else.
James Miller of South Carolina, who heads the building committee for St. Mark Four Bridges Church, said his church lost $ 363,000 doing business with Creative Capital Partners.
“We’re stuck in a situation that’s really, really terrible, and these are supposed to be church people,” Miller said.
A quick search of the Better Business Bureau website shows that the company has lost its accreditation and that several complaints have also been filed there.
KCEN Channel 6 reporter Emani Payne interviewed company CEO Carl McNeil. He said Waller would get his money back by next week.
“It’s been a nightmare,” McNeil said. “Ultimately, we learned this week that we should close this from our owner and at that time next week, or sooner, we will get their funds back.”
Payne asked the CEO to send this information to Waller in writing, but he denied.
Waller said business owners need to be thorough to avoid such situations.
“Just do your due diligence and do your research before you put in your funds and stuff,” Waller said.