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GNC going bankrupt, closing 1200 stores

danieltx

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It's impressive GNC hung on as long as they did - they've been slaughtered by online competition for a decade.

In 2012 I worked for Dymatize corporate. My VP told me about a meeting with GNC executives - the GNC guys sat down, opened a laptop, went to Bodybuilding.com, and told my VP that whatever Dymatize sold the most of there is what GNC wanted in its stores.

They've been complacent for way too long and this was the natural conclusion. I go in a GNC once or twice a year and it's only to get an Isopure RTD after a workout.
 

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Supplements is an online game now more than anything else i can think of, it’s not surprising at all. They have to way overpriced their stuff to make up for the extra overhead, that business model doesn’t work anymore. This isn’t related to covid or the gym closures and even those were coming anyway.
 

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Body building is barely hanging on. They just sold out again
 

IronLion2

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Poor kids, where are they going to waste their cash at now?
 

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Walks into GNC: Alarm goes off "Have you checked your weight today?" *associate scrambles and proceeds to hound you into buying product*
 

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In 05’ on like week 2 of my first cycle I came here and posted “I’m never setting foot inside a GNC again in my life!” Lol
 

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I worked at a franchise gnc when I was 20. Owner sold all kinds of illegal products and gear out the back. Most of the people who came in were young kids thinking creatine was like steroids and the others were always looking for ways to pass drug test. I was told to push certain products for commission. Only good thing was I got all kinds of free protein powder, bars, shakes and vitamins.
 

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Not surprised in the least. They charged prices that could be considered theft. Amazon, bodybuilding.com, and local supplement shops are way cheaper.
 

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I can't even wrap my head around how that place has made a profit in the last.... 25 years? I remember going in like, the mid 90's, and even then it was pretty dead. Usually some old dude looking at Saw Palmetto, some giant dude in a neon stringer buying a bucket of weight gainer, myself, and one cashier.
 

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I think TRYING to compete was their downfall. All over the place, you saw discounts at GNC, I guess trying to be competitive with online stores. But with the rent having to pay for that many store fronts, it was just a matter of time lol

I remember the days when I'd venture in, though. Prohormones just on the shelf, albeit behind a little plastic case thingy, and who knows what the fuck else sitting right there, actual oral steroids lol

Thank fuck for bodybuilding.com (I can't believe I am saying that), the entire teen forum was filled with posts like "I took so and so and now my dick don't work", which was enough for me to stay away from them.

Sorry for the monolog, this Strawberry OG is awesome.
 

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Overpriced for decades.. I cant believe they hung around for this long..
 

USMuscle9403

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vitamin shoppe next??
Likely...

Half of it is just wasted labor. I've seen like three staff members in a store when they probably didn't get as many customers all day. Lol fuck are they getting paid to do?
 

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I worked a summer at GNC once. I remember smoking pot in the back and also taking vicodin while working once or twice while I was the only one working the store. Things I would never do now. The one thing they had that was good was "blue ox" which was a Red Bull knock off that was 10x better than Red Bull. But yes GNC had their time under the sun and has now past.

One brick and mortar place I hope never folds is strip clubs. For god sakes spend your money locally.
 

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Vitamin Shoppe is better anyway. More of a selection.
 

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