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Bell Plaza Sports Club has closed after 30 years on Bell Boulevard.

Gym enthusiasts who have long used the Bell Plaza Sports Club will need to weigh their options after the Bayside fitness center closed down after 30 years in the neighborhood.

A notification was posted on the front door of 45-58 Bell Blvd., where the gym once operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It stated that the location officially went out of business on June 30 but did not disclose a reason why.

Members of the Bayside location are being offered an extended membership, courtesy of 24 Hour Fitness, at no additional charge. They will also receive their highest level of membership with access to more than 400 clubs for up to 12 months.

Bell Plaza Sports Club was a powerhouse that provided three floors of fitness with more than 40 group activity classes per week such as Zumba, spinning, yoga, boot camp, Pilates and others. Members were also able to utilize the Extertainment Cardio Training Center with 37 high-definition TVs, shower and locker room facilities, boxing, strength and toning areas plus more.

An elderly woman, who attempted to open the door of this former gym, was met with sheer disappointment upon the news of its closing.

“Are you kidding me? After I walked up all these steps,” she said.

The building of Bell Plaza is currently listed for sale with Metro Real Estate Inc. for $6.2 million. A Metro Real Estate agent told QNS on the phone that the building has been on the market for three months now and the owners are not yet in talks with serious buyers. The listing states that there is a two-year lease left on the property with an option to renew it for five or more years.

Bell Plaza is not the first gym to close on Bell Boulevard this year. Members of Lucille Roberts, an all-women’s gym that operated at 41-19 Bell Blvd., closed in May after its lease expired and rent fees surged.

Although loyal members may be losing their longtime sports club, the Little Neck Club is three times more spacious than the Bayside location. Fitness gurus may be enthused by the alternative gym’s lap swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool as well as various personal training programs.

Additional Queens locations include Kew Gardens, Jamaica and Elmhurst. If you don’t mind the commute, Bell Plaza’s closing letter also recommended that members join an ultra sport, super-sport or sports club in Long Island, Manhattan and the Bronx.

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