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Genesis Health Clubs buys new property for its Leavenworth club

WICHITA — Last summer, Have You Heard? reported that Genesis Health Clubs would add Lawrence and Leavenworth locations.

Now, owner Rodney Steven II is buying a new, larger building in Leavenworth at 2924 S. 4th St., which is a former Food 4 Less.

The club currently is in the Leavenworth shopping mall at 3400 S. 4th St.

“Since opening up our location in Leavenworth I don’t feel we have had the opportunity to serve our members in the way we are known for,” Steven said in a statement. “We are sorry it took us so long, but we were unable to get the current landlord at the Leavenworth Mall to work with us on a new lease or purchase of the building on acceptable terms. We didn’t want to remodel the existing space until we owned the building or had a long-term lease in place.”

The club owns all its other buildings.

The 26-year-old Genesis has 10 sites, including five in Wichita.

The new space, which will be ready late this year, will have new features, such as a basketball court, walking track and lap pool.

There will be a studio for the mixed martial arts and American jujitsu along with studios for cycling, aerobics, yoga, Pilates and group fitness. Spacious cardio and weight rooms will feature new equipment.

The club also will have a whirlpool along with steam rooms within the locker rooms.

“I’m excited to start construction and share with our members what we have in store for them!” Steven said.



Genesis Health Clubs to open new sites in Lawrence, Leavenworth

UPDATED – Genesis Health Clubs is adding two new sites in two cities to its chain of facilities throughout Kansas.

Lawrence and Leavenworth locations make the ninth and 10th Genesis sites in the chain.

Owner Rodney Steven II says it’s a chance for Genesis and his staff to grow.

“It just gives them more opportunities.”

The health clubs will be in former Maximus Fitness locations in each city.

Steven plans facelifts at each facility, including locker room upgrades, new cardio and weight machines, expanded staff hours, free towel service and increased personal training and group training options. He plans to hire all Maximus employees who want to remain.

Steven also plans to build a second club in Lawrence. He’s close to picking a site.

“I’ve been trying to go to the Lawrence market for over five years,” he says. “So I know it like the back of my hand.”

Genesis, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has four facilities in Wichita as well as clubs in Hutchinson, Salina and Emporia. Steven also operates the Wichita Ice Center and hopes to add a fitness center there.

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