San Francisco Gold’s Gym Franchises Cut Ties With Corporate
(San Francisco) The owners of four Gold’s Gym franchises in the San Francisco Bay Area have announced plans to cut their ties to the chain over political contributions by Robert Rowling, CEO TRT Holdings.
TRT Holdings is a conglomerate that owns Gold’s Gym. Robert Rowling has been identified as one of the biggest donors to American Crossroads, a conservative political group headed by former Bush Administration operative Karl Rove.
Patrons of four Bay Area Gold’s Gyms were presented with a two page letter written by Don Dickerson, the Director of Operations for the locally owned properties. In the letter, Dickerson explains their independence from TRT Holdings and Robert Rowling.
“Our original contractual obligations to Gold’s Gym International were signed over 22 years ago and TRT Holdings is just the latest in a series of ownership groups that has presided over Gold’s Gym,” Dickerson writes.
In the letter Dickerson goes on to explain plans to end their relationship with TRT Holdings when their current contract expires in two years. Until the four gym group creates a new brand and separates from Gold’s, Dickerson also says they will match the amount they pay in franchise fees to LGBT charities.