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A client at Payson Athletic Club uses an exercise bike just a week ahead of the gym’s closure after losing its lease. Pictured on the front page is Larry Stephenson, another member of the gym.

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Gym dumped for Big Lots

1,000-member Payson Athletic Club booted for new tenant as clients press for refunds

Another Rim Country business is closing its doors, but this time its for lack of a lease, not for lack of customers. At the end of March, Payson Athletic Club will close up shop forcing its 1,000 members to look elsewhere for a place to work out, its owners announced earlier this week. Gym owner Gina Vaughan said the athletic club is being forced out to make room for a 30,000-square-foot Big Lots in the Rim Country Mall Shopping Center. Big Lots will take over the former Sears store and the space leased by the gym to operate one of the largest retailers in Payson, which remains heavily dependent on sales tax to provide most town services.

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