LA Weight Loss - Another One Bites the Dust
11-05-2007, 04:58 PM
well our center closed a couple months ago and they wanted us to drive 40 min to the next closest one. I went and weighed in last week and everything seemed fine. (I know what you are thinking..... "but I thought she was doing NS now." well I am eating NS, but I paid for weeks through Feb. so I thought I might as well weigh in!) so today I thought , this is silly, I might as well call just for kicks and see what other options they have for me since my COD is closed, refund? (haha, I know...... good one) online option? something? so I called down there and it said that number was disconnected. So I called the 800 number and when someone answered I said what center is this? "Little Rock" 4 hours away! so she gave me the number that she is giving everybody up here to call, and that is all she would tell me. I have tried several times today but have not spoken to a human yet.
at least I thought to take all the rest of my lites one of the last times I was in there, I told them, I didn't know how regular I would be able to make it with it being so far now, so I thought I better just get all the lites they owed me, which was only like 5 or something. luckily! I think all tolled I lost about $3000 with them. but at least I got most of my weeks and all of my bars. I shouldn't complain, huh Dan and Liz!
11-05-2007, 05:13 PM
Lettie, You make me want to go to the COD and gather all my Lites right now. Sorry your experience was not more positive with LAWL, and different centers do appear to run much differently. Mine does not seem as mercenary as some others (like they are actually trying to help me lose and maintain) but individual counselors vary also. Hopefully NS will help get you where you want to go, and when you are done, you have the LAWL experience to help you figure out how to maintain hopefully.
11-05-2007, 05:37 PM
Makes me relieved that I'm at a coporate COD where the manager has been for 15 years. I at least know it's not going anywhere anytime soon, and if it does there's another 3 COD's within a 40 minute drive.
Lettie, can you at least get the rest of the bars they owe you shipped? And there's always small claims court.
11-05-2007, 08:29 PM
I got all my bars. I am just losing out on the weeks
11-05-2007, 10:51 PM
Aww Lettie.. That sucks.. But at least you got your product (grumble grumble)....
11-05-2007, 11:32 PM
This makes me super nervous. My center has recently cut way back on their hours. Is this common? They said that they cut back bc it is the "slow" season. It's been extremely difficult for me to get in, and I'm going to ask for some extra weeks of weight loss since there were 2 weeks I could not get in bc they kept changing their hours.
Did the center tell you they were closing ahead of time? Was it franchise?
I'm not prepared to lose this much money! I'm sorry you are having this experience Lettie! And Dan and Liz-I can't imagine!
11-06-2007, 12:33 AM
We had NO warning.. Everything was peachy-keen during our Saturday WI and the BAM! - the doors were shut on Monday.. Apperantly, not even the staff knew it was coming.. Our franchise owner was in the process of selling her ownership and the deal fell through at the last minute... So she just closed the doors...
I would ask your staff ASAP if they know if something is going on. I would ask a counselor you're close with for the best chance at a straight answer...
Just so no one reads anything into this.. I still greatly believe in the LAWL program itself.. We just had a worthless, no-good idiot of a franchise owner who left us high and dry... She deserves to rot, as far as I'm concerned...
11-06-2007, 08:52 AM
same here Dan, I weighed in last week, on Wednesday. It was business as usual then I call on monday and the phone is disconnected. But come to think of it she gave me the booklet for plan #3 and #2. she said "just in case I didn't get back into the center by the time I needed #2 she was going to give it to me" well I wouldn't need #2 for another 22 pounds....... hmmmmm maybe she did know something.
I know I am doing NS but I took the books anyway, because the NS plan I am on is for 5 days a week and I plan my own meals the other 2 days. They call it thier weekends off plan. and they plan thier days off very similar to LAWL... so I thought I might as well have the numbered books and use them on the days I take off since I am familure with the plan. then the other 5 days a week I eat NS and don't think about planning.
any way......... blah, blah, blah............ glad I went in when I did!
11-06-2007, 11:01 AM
Lettie-was yours a franchise center as well? I've always felt safe knowing mine was corporate but it is obvious at this point that they are struggling to get people to work there. I'm definitely going to ask on saturday...if they are still there!
11-06-2007, 11:45 AM
Woo this makes me nervous I think I am going to get all my stuff this week. Thanks for the info everyone. I am in New York and there are only a few here.
11-06-2007, 01:45 PM
Upon reading your posts, I thought maybe I should share my experience with you all. My COD is a corporate training center. They too are cutting down their hours. I have become good friends with my counselor and she told me........that business has been very very slow since the segment on 20/20 and since they changed their name to PURE Weight Loss. They are no longer paying their employees overtime nor are they paying their "traveling counselors" for mileage. They have eliminated the Assistant Manger positions and the traveling counselor positions completely. She also told me that employees are leaving right and left. (this is Indiana by the way). So I honestly think something is going on. My weeks are up in January and I don't intend to renew. I've been on LAWL before and been successful at losing 50 pounds. However, the staff at the center changed dramatically so I quit. Here I am again, down 30 pounds and the staff and entire operation is changing dramatically. Very discouraging.
I do love the program though and the weighing in (making me accoutnable) is what works for me..I'm really really sorry to see this happen.
11-06-2007, 02:23 PM
It would be a nightmare if my center closes. I still have tons of lites that I've paid for. I can tell that business is slow here-which is suprising bc in my area there are no weight watchers centers or jenny craig-you have to drive into the city so I would think that the suburb I live in would be more interested in pure weight loss.
Dan-I think it's amazing that you guys stuck with it after being bulldozed like that!!
JPS-thank you so much for letting us in on the inside scoop. I think the lack of overtime is what spawned the cutting of hours bc there are only three or four counselors that are now there consistently since one is on maternity leave. I will just be devestated if it closes. I really need the accountability and the encouragement. Besides-I have NO room in my pantry for 100boxes of lites! Yikes!
11-06-2007, 02:31 PM
At least you have 3 counselors at your site. We have maybe two on a good day. Sometimes it's just the manager and you wait, and wait and wait.
I agree with you, the accountability is where it's at for me.
11-06-2007, 04:35 PM
mine was a franchise. I would start stocking up on the lites...... but you don't want to get too many at home because they get kinda yucky when they sit to long. mine did anyway. they turn white and hard...... but they won't let you just take all your lites. I just always said, "oh I want some variety at home." and then take like 4-6 boxes. sometimes if I saw a different counsler on friday than monday..... I would do it again. it didn't take too long to get them all home that way.
11-18-2007, 03:52 PM
I go to a corporate center that cut there hours way down about a month ago. And as of next Friday they will be closing. They were not offering refunds they were telling us to either go to New Jersey or CT. Or two others that are about a 1/2 or so from where I live. I live in New York also. I did get all of my lites and I did get the stabilization and maintenance info with no problem. I only had nine weight loss weeks left.
11-18-2007, 06:38 PM
Diane, welcome to the CCC! (Closed COD Club)
11-19-2007, 01:09 AM
:( I'm sorry to hear your center closed. I have a sneaking suspicion that mine is next. They have been acting funny lately. I finally asked the girl if she thought they would be closing and she said, not so confidently, "I don't think so..." I took as many boxes of lites as I could squeeze into my pantry...but I have w/l paid up to April!! I'm really hoping they don't close...can't they hold out for the post holiday/new years resolution rush? I sure hope so! I'm not prepared to make the extra 1/2 hour drive to another center....that's sure not what I paid for!
well I think mine's a franchise.. but I also think all of LAWL COD's in Puerto Rico are from the same manager (franchise owner) but I'm not worried... I mean I didn't buy them in bulk.. and i just wait until they have specials (like 10 boxes for $99) and buy them if not I just buy some Luna bars at Walgreens (but they are expensive too, $1.79 per bar) [Walgreens it's the only place where they sale them in PR.. that I know off.. and they do not sell them in walmart for some reason) -- but it would be a big bummer if it were to close down.. I hope it doesn't :d
12-11-2007, 02:11 PM
Add me to the CCC club - All of our CODs here in Jacksonville, Florida are closed - the last remaining one at the airport where the District Manager has been hiding out will close on 12/15.
This is what I have to say: If you have a gut feeling that your COD is on shaky ground, it probably is. I would take as many bars as I had bought and take them home. I would also do my best to stock up on any products that I used. I wish that ours had not been open one minute and closed the next - We had no advance warning, and it sounds like this is their usual way - open on Thursday, closed on Friday for good. For us, our entire area (including Orange Park, airport, Baymeadows, etc -) has been totally cleared out. No note on the door apologizing...NOTHING. (Well, this is not true...they do advertise their "phone counseling services" - but if you think I'm spending ONE MORE CENT with LAWL/PURE you would be WRONG!!!)
If I had it all to do over again, I would have taken all of my bars that we'd bought in bulk in July (when they first changed the bars) and I would take them home and never have darkened the door of LAWL again. But we didn't...and now we are bereft.
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! Let my experience and the others experiences be a lesson to you...because WE are the ones that end up paying for their bad decisions...
12-11-2007, 07:13 PM
How do you know if your COD is a corporate or franchise?
12-11-2007, 08:18 PM
In my case, our COD started out as a franchise. Then they were bought back by corporate, and our name changed from "LA Weight Loss" to "Pure Weight Loss." When all those changes started going on, we asked - and they told us. I am sure if you ask your COD, they'll tell you if they're corporate or franchise.
12-12-2007, 09:18 AM
well, I am so sorry to have to say, welcome to our club. it is just crazy!!
12-12-2007, 11:40 AM
My center in Wichita Falls was franchise, but is now corporate, and they say they are not changing their name. They seem excited and worried at the same time. Excited because they say they will keep a better stock of all products(they used to run out all the time), and worried because they will not have as much "freedom" to do what they want. They used to honor expired coupons, run their own specials, etc., and say they will no longer be able to do that. I think they are in good shape, but all of these posts still make me nervous!! I will point blank ask the manager when I go in--we have become quite close, and I think she would be honest with me.
12-12-2007, 09:58 PM
All PWL centers will close as of 1/4/08. Call your centers...we all found out today!
12-13-2007, 05:32 PM
Mine is a Pure Weight Loss, and I found out yesterday through a coworker of mine that it's closing 1/4 :(