Statement on website, doors
Attempts to reach owner Ed Shelby and his wife, Becky Shelby, were unsuccessful Monday. Calls to their home and corporate office were not returned. No one answered the door at their home in northwest Oklahoma City.
In a statement on the Tan & Tone America website, and taped to the front door of each shuttered location, the owners said revenues have continued to decline despite their best efforts.
“We have exhausted every possible financial resource to save the company, including the value of our personal life insurance and retirement funds, but we were still unable to establish the necessary capital for the company's survival. This weekend we received financial advice from several sources and unfortunately we have been advised that the company is no longer viable,” the statement reads.
At least one business was eager to offer displaced customers an alternative. A representative from Mademoiselle Ladies Fitness & Weight Loss sat outside the Tan & Tone corporate office Monday, handing out free passes to women as they approached.