This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Owner Amy Hochhauser stands near some of the 46 bikes in her JoyRide Cycling and Fitness Studio on Monday November 28, 2016 in Westport, Conn. WESTPORT — After 11 years in business, serving over 30,000 riders, JoyRide in Westport is set to close on Sept. 2, according to owners Amy Hochhauser and Rhodie Lorenz.
The duo announced the closure in an email sent Monday afternoon.
“The past 2 ½ years have been an incredible struggle for many folks – and as small business owners in the fitness sector, we’ve been hit particularly hard,” it read. “Although we were able to survive many of the twists and turns related to the pandemic, unfortunately, our industry failed to receive enough government aid and the business is simply unable to overcome the substantial losses incurred during Covid and the related studio closures.”
Hochhauser said the business once included five locations across Connecticut. With the Westport location’s closure, the only remaining studio will be in New Haven.
According to the Global Health and Fitness Association , from March 2020 to Jan. 1, 2022, 30 percent of fitness studios closed.
Over the last 11 years, Hochhauser said JoyRide has created an inclusive community, where people could come together through good and hard times, and they even accomplished feats like raising $1 million for various charities.
Westport was the original location for JoyRide, and Hochhauser and Lorenz are both from the town. Hochhauser said it made sense to have […]