Google Will Not Take Over Gold's Gym

Google already has a large spread in SoCal's Venice. But reports that the Internet search giant is flexing its muscle for more space are not true.

Rumors surfaced Monday that the Mountain View-based technology company was expanding its footprint in Venice by adding 200,000-square-feet of office space, including taking over the iconic Gold's Gym.

The news had upset some longtime patrons of the famed gym, which was once home to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But Tuesday, Google said the reports that the company is trying to expand into Gold's Gym are flat wrong.

"We have no plans to expand into Gold's Gym space," said Jordan Newman, manager of corporate communications and public affairs at Google. "In fact, we are working with them to extend their lease."

Google does not own the building but it could lease it and then sublease it to Gold's Gym, whose lease is running out.

Newman said his company has no plans to expand its office space in Venice right now, including the Gold's Gym site. He said he is not sure exactly how the misinformation got out.

The gym's Texas-based owners currently lease the space from a Los Angeles real estate company.


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