Genesis Health Clubs, Wichita, Kansas, has purchased four Aspen Athletic Clubs locations in Des Moines, Iowa, with plans to significantly renovate each facility, the company announced in a Nov. 26 media release.
The acquired clubs include Aspen Athletic Clubs’ Hickman Road, Merle Hay, West Glen and SE 14th locations.
Each club will receive new cardio and strength equipment and upgraded locker rooms among other amenities that will be announced in early 2020, according to the release. Genesis owner Rodney Steven II confirmed the company is also planning to open a new location in the area.
"We’ve been looking at Des Moines for a while," Steven said in the release. "It’s such a natural fit for us, being in the Midwest and similar in size to our home base in Wichita. These clubs are wonderful, but we can’t wait to transform them into true Genesis locations and show Des Moines a new standard in fitness.”
Steven said the Hickman club is the centerpiece of the acquisition and will continue Genesis’ trend of acquiring and upgrading aging tennis facilities.
“We’ve modernized tennis clubs in Wichita, Topeka (Kansas), Lawrence (Kansas) and Kansas City (Missouri) and will soon get started on some big ones in Omaha (Nebraska), Fort Collins (Colorado) and now Des Moines," he said. "It’s the spark that helps revitalize and build a tennis community that enhances a whole city. I can’t wait to see it in Des Moines.”