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Elk Grove boxing gym closes after eviction due to thousands of dollars in unpaid rent

Mayweather Boxing and Fitness in Elk Grove has closed its doors after being evicted from a popular shopping center.

The gym studio at The Ridge shopping plaza, 7470 Elk Grove Blvd., first opened in February 2022, according to its Facebook page.

According to Sacramento Superior Court documents, The Ridge filed a civil complaint in December alleging $30,672 in unpaid rent by Mayweather Boxing and Fitness, operated by a company known as TBE Fitness LLC. The court ruled in favor of The Ridge on May 3 and an eviction notice was sent on May 8.

According to court documents, the entities agreed to a multi-year lease in April 2021 and the tenants agreed to pay $8,750 per month for the first four years, including rent plus other fees and taxes.

TBE Fitness LLC made a payment of $11,500 on Oct. 20, 2023, court documents show, but there was still a balance owed of nearly $7,300. The lease fell into default when the tenant failed to pay rent in November and December. A three-day notice was sent on Dec. 7, but the tenant never made the payments, court documents show.

Kelly Rule, senior vice president of leasing for Pappas Investments, said she could not comment on the status of Mayweather Boxing and Fitness or its eviction, but confirmed the mall is now looking to fill the space. Pappas Investments owns The Ridge.

“We have 2,500 square feet available,” Rule said. “We are looking for a non-food retail tenant.”

The gym’s eviction was first reported Thursday by the Sacramento Business Journal.

The owner of the Elk Grove location, Sunny Dharni Jr., said in an email to The Sacramento Bee Friday morning that the closure was an “incredibly difficult” decision.

“The challenges we have faced have been overwhelming, and the closure has been a source of great stress and sadness for us,” Dharni said.

A gym member shared the news on Reddit on their way to a Monday class. They were shocked to find the doors locked, lights off and an empty gym. Another Reddit user replied that an email was sent to members on Sunday.

According to the email, owners of Mayweather Boxing and Fitness Elk Grove said the gym’s closure is immediate.

“As we approach the end of May, we are faced with unforeseen circumstances that leave us no choice but to close our doors immediately. This decision was not taken lightly and we are deeply saddened to have to take this step,” the owners wrote in the email, obtained by The Bee. “We believe this is only a temporary setback and that the future holds better days for us all. We would like to thank everyone who is part of our community.”

Several gym-goers pointed out that another Sacramento-area branch, the Delta Shores location, has also closed.

“I’m very sad,” one Reddit user wrote in the thread. “I just signed up for the gym 1.5 weeks ago. I’m trying to contact someone for a refund. I drove to the Delta Shores location and they are also closed. This is a sad sad situation. I already saw results and felt so motivated.”

In the email to Elk Grove members, owners of Mayweather Boxing and Fitness said all memberships will be canceled immediately and refunds or prorated amounts will be processed.

Mayweather Boxing in Folsom

Eric Landheer owns the Mayweather Boxing and Fitness location in Folsom. He said he bought it from Dharni two months ago.

Landheer said each studio is individually owned and he doesn’t know why the Elk Grove and Delta Shores locations closed.

“I have not been fully informed about this myself,” said Landheer. “What I can tell you is that we are fully committed here to staying open (in Folsom). I have done my best to build the company here.”

Landheer added: “Obviously it’s very disappointing and I’m saddened by the closure of the Elk Grove location, but by the same token, I’m completely committed to this place. Corporate continues to be very supportive of me, my efforts and this location. I can tell you that Mayweather is committed to building the company, and we are certainly committed to building our business here.”