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Curves of Northfield to Stay Open

Owner Margaret Hoffman told Northfield Patch that an intent to purchase has been submitted to Curves International.

Margaret Hoffman, owner of , told Northfield Patch on Thursday that an intent to purchase agreement for her business has been submitted to Curves International, which has thousands of franchises worldwide.

Hoffman last week told her 200 club members that the fitness and weight-loss franchise for women by the end of the month because she had family medical issues she needed to attend to.

Days later, a , who will remain nameless until the deal is finalized, stepped forward.

"Curves is more than a workout facility; it’s a community," Hoffman told Patch. "We are just a group of woman who are very caring and supportive of each other."

Curves client and part-time employee Nancy Sweeny told Patch last week that the women at Curves are every bit as important to the process as the machinery they use to stay healthy. It's about the camaraderie, she said.

As for Hoffman, who took over ownership in 2007 after serving as manager, it was a bittersweet decision to leave the facility.

“It’s a passion of mine; we’ve put our heart and soul into it,” she said.

Hoffman is hosting a member appreciation day from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Friday. 

 is located at 1040 Highway 3 S. in the strip mall that also has  and .

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Fit Dude April 13, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Anyone interested in buying a Curves franchise should first read a recent Wall Street Journal article on why thousands of Curves clubs have closed in the last few years: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303365804576432062058517684.html?mod=googlenews_wsj. They should also read what thousands of former Curves owners have to say about the corporate office: http://www.unhappyfranchisee.com/curves-robert-lays-story/

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