Bintang closed Forever?

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    Any word if any any of the Bintang locations will ever open their doors again? No answer at all when trying to call a couple of their clubs. On Tues, I stopped by the Castro location & didn't find any signs of life or any recent signs on the door. On Wed, I stopped at the Campbell location. The most recent sign on it was from mid-March. It indicated that they would close, temporarily, from the 15th through the 31st of March. No updates since then as far as I could see.

    Does anyone know how to contact Phu Khuu to get an update? Has he decided to close his clubs permanently?
     
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    Thanks @kwun . Are you still in Santa Clara or some part of the SF Bay area? I moved out of Santa Clara a few years ago and am now in the Campbell part of San Jose.

    Not playing badminton very much in the past decade plus. A bit at WVC, Foothill College and Mission College and not at the clubs at all. But gym classes (& open gyms) at the schools are also on hiatus for an extended & unknown period of time. Had actually been playing a lot of table tennis in the past year cuz of limited mobility (hip replacement needed).

    I rarely access Facebook but I will check out the FB link you provided.
     
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    @kwun

    Do you know if Ben Lee or Howard Bach are still associated with any of the badminton clubs in the area? Any word on the other clubs in the SF Bay Area opening up?
     
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    @kwun

    Thanks for the FB info. Last update there was June 2. Encouraging.

    I decided to call ASBY Sports to see if Sanjay had any info on other clubs in the area. I was shocked when Andy Gouw picked up. Thought he retired long ago. We spoke for some 20+ minutes on the phone. I've known Andy for 40+ years. Back then, he had a sports shoe store, Solely Yours, on the El Camino in Santa Clara before he opened ASBY in SJ. I think he sold badminton shuttles and and other stuff in addition to the shoes.

    Anyway, Andy told me that he played badm with Ben Lee last night at one of Ben's clubs. Not open to the general public yet. Andy said that Ben would try to open one or both of his clubs in early or mid July. It depends, in large part, on the county regulations concerning the pandemic and social distancing.
     
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    Andy G indicated that he expected (Phu) to open some of the Bintang clubs, perhaps, in early July. Again, it depends on the regulations in the various counties where these clubs reside.

    Andy said that a lot of people have been buying shuttles at ASBY in the past 2+ months. When asked where they are using them, everyone replies that they are playing outdoors. And here I thought I was one of the few doing that.


    Hey @raymond RU still around?
     
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    The other clubs will have to follow the county regulations.

    Rumors are a couple of small ones might close down. No confirmation so not gonna name which ones.

    I am sure the ones that will open will open immediately after county clears. It must be tough financially for the owners to keep the gyms closed.
     
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    Got the word that Bintang San Carlos has been open since June 20th. They are limiting numbers and they close at 9 p.m.

    Do not believe that the Santa Clara (Sunnyvale) and Campbell locations are open yet except for small Junior camps. Waiting on word from Santa Clara County, I think. Ditto for East Bay?
     
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