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Life Time Fitness Lays Off 100

CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness will cut 100 jobs at its headquarters in Chanhassen, MN, as the company scales down its expansion plans, according to multiple media outlets in the Twin Cities.

The layoffs are the first in the 16-year history of the company. The jobs that will be eliminated are tied to club expansion, construction, architecture and real estate, representing about 12 percent of the more than 800 corporate jobs at the company. Employees whose jobs were cut will receive a severance.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, Life Time announced it was reducing the number of clubs it planned to open in 2009 from 11 to six. The announcement reflected similar statements made during Life Time’s third quarter earnings call in which Life Time executives cited tightening credit markets and the downturn in the economy as factors in their decision.

“The realities of reducing new club construction plans meant we had to take a tough look at our staffing levels and our cost structure,” says Life Time corporate spokesperson Jason Thunstrom.

Life Time opened 11 clubs in 2008 and now has 81 clubs in 11 states.

Life Time’s stock dropped 33 cents, or 2.8 percent, to close at $11.48 on Tuesday. The stock had hit a 52-week low of $10.93.

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