Two weeks ago, Genesis Health Clubs purchased eight 24 Hour Fitness clubs in the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area, but on Saturday, the club company will close two of those locations as well as a former Gold's Gym location it purchased in May, according to a report in the Kansas City Star.
Rodney Steven, owner of Genesis Health Clubs, Wichita, Kansas, confirmed the closings to Club Industry.
The clubs will close on Saturday, and employees at the closed clubs will be relocated to open positions at nearby locations, according to a letter sent on June 27 to members of the closing clubs.
The letter noted that the clubs that are being closed are within two to eight miles from existing Genesis Health Clubs. The former Gold's Gym location is in Olathe, Kansas, and is less than two miles from an existing Genesis Health Club. The former 24 Hour Fitness club in Overland Park that is closing is less than four miles from two existing Genesis Health Clubs, and the closing club in Gladstone, Missouri, is less than eight miles from two existing Genesis clubs.
"After evaluating the club options in Kansas City, we determined that this would allow us to focus on providing each member with the widest variety of amenities and on making further investments in existing and new clubs for the area," the letter stated.
During the deals two weeks ago, Genesis Health Clubs also purchased clubs in Omaha, Nebraska, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Steven told Club Industry that he has no plans to close clubs in those cities in at this time.