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Mindbody to buy billion-dollar fitness company, fueling talk of new IPO

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated Oct. 15 with more information about the merger and an interview with Mindbody founder Rick Stollmeyer. After a year of pandemic-related struggles in the health and wellness industry, two companies are announcing a merger just as the sector is starting bounce back. San Luis Obispo-based Mindbody announced Oct. 13 Read More →

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