Atlanta’s Oldest Gym Closes

Inside Atlanta Rocks. Photo: Atlanta Rocks

Inside Atlanta Rocks. Photo: Atlanta Rocks

An established Atlanta rock climbing gym plans to close on New Year’s Eve because the rent for the warehouse was getting too expensive for the gym to remain in business the AJC is reporting.

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Co-founder Greg Perry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that next term’s rent would be going up “significantly,” and the owners couldn’t keep up with the cost. “We don’t have hard feeling toward our landlord or anything,” he said. “Progress is progress.”

“Although we would have loved to keep the gym open for another 25 years,” observed Atlanta Rocks Co-founder, Peter Bloeme, “in the end, the quickening pace of redevelopment of nearby commercial/industrial properties to higher uses, and the uncertainties and rising costs that come with such redevelopment, signaled to us that the time was right to retire from this market.”