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Genesis Health Clubs purchases Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka

WICHITA — Genesis Health Clubs has added three more facilities to its growing chain of health clubs in Kansas and Missouri.

Genesis bought all of the Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka, which includes ones at 2020 NW Topeka Blvd., 2061 SE 29th St. and 2909 SW 37th St.

“I’ve been anticipating moving into the Topeka market for a long time, and excited to bring the Genesis brand to the community,” owner Rodney Steven II said in a statement.

Steven has worked with Maximus previously when he purchased Maximus clubs in Lawrence and Leavenworth in 2011.

Genesis has 18 facilities now, including clubs in Hutchinson, Emporia, Salina, Leavenworth, McPherson, St. Joseph, Mo., two in Springfield, Mo., two in Lawrence and five in Wichita.

Steven plans to remodel the new Topeka clubs.

“I look forward to providing beautiful health clubs to the city of Topeka,” Steven said. “I am fully committed to maintaining safe, clean, state-of-the-art facilities and hope to create the same great atmosphere here as we have at our other Genesis locations.”

IMA Financial Group sues former president of its Kansas City and Topeka offices and Lockton Inc. over breach of contract

WICHITA — IMA Financial Group has filed a lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court against Douglas Anderson, former president of IMA’s Kansas City and Topeka offices, and his new company, Lockton Inc.

Anderson didn’t return a call for comment, but the lawsuit states he worked for Lockton years ago then went to another company and then to IMA in late 2006.

According to the lawsuit, in late 2009, Anderson signed a confidentiality agreement that included a two-year nonsolicitation clause.

“About one year after entering into the Agreement, Anderson began to orchestrate a scheme to resign from IMA, join Lockton, and solicit IMA’s clients to Lockton,” the suit says.

The suit further says that since Anderson left in January, at least two IMA clients canceled relationships with the company to follow Anderson to Lockton.

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association is ending its 18-year relationship with IMA.

It’s not clear if that is one of the relationships the suit refers to.

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