Dayton Club to close permanently Monday, club owner says

The Dayton Club will close effective Nov. 30, a marketing officer of the club’s owner acknowledged Wednesday in response to questions from the Dayton Daily News.

“The Dayton Club has been a proud member of the Dayton community for 49 years, which made this decision very difficult,” Meg Tollison, chief marketing officer of Club Corp, wrote in an email. “Like so many other hospitality and service providers, the pandemic created many challenges for the club. After many discussions about how to ensure a strong, viable future, we determined the Dayton Club business model was no longer sustainable and made the unfortunate decision to close the club.”

“We also reviewed numerous alternatives with the landlord through this process, but despite our best efforts, we could not come to terms,” she added.

She said the company was not offering media interviews.

Chris Riegel, owner of Stratacache Tower, where the Dayton Club is located on the tower’s top floors, promised legal action.

“It is very unfortunate that Club Corp has decided to turn its back on the Dayton market and obligations to its employees, and members of the Dayton Club, many of whom had lifetime pre-paid memberships to the club,” Riegel said. “We will most certainly be aggressively progressing our litigation against Club Corp for the remainder of its lease obligation in the tower and will look to re-activate the space with a new, competent hospitality partner.”

The Dayton Club had closed in mid-March as government-imposed quarantine orders and spreading fears of COVID-19 were first starting to be keenly felt in Dayton and across the nation.

Arkham Ventures, owner of Stratacache Tower, sued the former Dayton Racquet Club in May in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, saying the club failed to make its April and May lease payments and left perishable items in the “unsecured” club space.

In August, the club announced that it would reopen Sept. 1 with new guidelines on social distancing and safety.

Arkham, the real estate arm of downtown Dayton-based global digital technology company Stratacache, bought the downtown tower at 40 N. Main St. in early 2019.

Riegel is the founder and chief executive of Stratacache.

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