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Half of Ben Dunne gyms closed due to Covid restrictions

Half of Ben Dunne gyms have closed – six in total – due to a delayed impact of Covid restrictions.

The company is now left with gyms in Blanchardstown, Carlisle, Cherrywood, Portlaoise, Northwood, and Navan.

Speaking to RTÉ, business owner Ben Dunne described the long-term impact of Covid restrictions on his business as “horrendous.”

“I’ll give you an insight into what Covid has cost us,” he said.

“We had 12 clubs – we now have six clubs. Our revenues are less than 50% of what they were pre-Covid,” he added.

Dunne said that before the pandemic, his business was on pace for €13 million in revenue before Covid, with €6 million in profits. He says that while the business is once again turning a profit, he does not expect to ever fully recover to pre-pandemic levels.

“I have lost an awful lot of money but we have swung away from that situation and we are making a profit again,” he said.

“…If you close a business down for two years whether it is due to a strike or a pandemic it has a disastrous effect.”

“It is survival of the fittest now,” he said.

During the Covid lockdown, Gript interviewed gym owner and former professional footballer Gary Dempsey about the impact that Covid restrictions were having on his business. The link to that video can be found below.



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