its 6th location COMING SOON to Abbotsford
(with a complete She's FIT! Club inside!)
Please Note: Photos depicted are of existing Club16 locations.
32560 Simon Ave., Abbotsford
(across from the Canadian Tire parking lot).
... Read More
We are excited to bring you our 6th Club16 location ... Coming soon!
Watch for updates.
Please note : Photos depicted are of other Club16 locations. ... Read More
ATTENTION Maple Ridge Members!
... Read More
When Chuck Lawson decided to open a chain of co-ed fitness centres he knew he needed a name or face that would appeal to British Columbians.
“My real estate agent said, ‘You should get somebody like Trevor Linden’s name on the club,’ ” Lawson recalled. “And I said, ‘Oh yeah, like that’s going to happen.’ ”
Lawson, president and chief executive officer of She’s Fit! health clubs, was not the first Vancouver-area businessman with eyes on bringing Linden – the most popular Canuck in history and a man so locally revered his name was bandied about for this fall’s mayoral campaign – into the mix. Linden, Lawson said, had already rejected “hundreds” of offers.
But Linden was intrigued by Lawson’s pitch and within the next year Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness will open its sixth and seventh locations – part of Linden’s carefully managed post-hockey business career that included a highly visible role with eyewear provider Clearly Contacts.
Though it was Linden’s name that initially made him an attractive fit, Lawson said the two formed a true partnership.
He said Linden had his finger on everything, from choosing new locations to real estate negotiations.
And though Linden’s perceived lack of business experience has led some to question his appointment to the role of president of hockey operations for the Canucks, Lawson considers him an ideal fit due to his drive and business acumen.
“On many an occasion he has said to me, ‘Chuck, what else can I do?’ He really wants to be part of it all,” Lawson said.
Lawson was one of the few people Linden mentioned by name at a news conference Wednesday to discuss his new role. He thanked Lawson for his support and trumpeted what he learned from their venture.
“Through my 20 years ... ... Read More
Partners say they expect few changes as prolific local businessman takes over as team’s president of hockey operations
Photograph by: Jason Payne , PNG
Trevor Linden will be stepping back from his various private business interests to focus on resurrecting the Vancouver Canucks’ fortunes.
The former Canucks captain became the team’s new president of hockey operations on Wednesday. He told a packed news conference in Vancouver that he will let his partners in his other businesses run things so he can be “100-per-cent committed” to the Canucks.
But don’t expect his likable image to disappear from ads promoting fitness clubs and his own line of eyewear.
“I absolutely think his new position helps our brand — our Twitter and Facebook hits right now are off the map,” said Chuck Lawson, Linden’s business partner with Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness.
He said he and Linden will remain 50-50 partners in the business that operates five Metro Vancouver fitness clubs and in a new fitness concept — Orangetheory Fitness — that will open in Surrey and North Vancouver this summer.
Lawson expects Linden will still attend two pre-sale opening events for Orangetheory Fitness over the next few days.
“Nothing will change that much,” he said. “Obviously, Trevor will be very busy with the Canucks, so he won’t come into the office as often. But I’m sure he’ll still be out to do different things and see other things because that’s just the way he is. He’s involved in it, so he’ll want to see it doing well.”
Clearly Contacts representative Curtis Petersen said Linden’s contract with the eyewear retailer doesn’t expire until 2015, and the company will still promote the Trevor Linden line of eyeglasses and sunglasses with Linden’s image.
“I don’t think anything will change,” he said. “Whenever Trevor ... ... Read More