Carrie Rengers

Genesis Health Clubs buys another gym, this time in Wichita

Rodney Steven II and his Genesis Health Clubs acquired Wichita’s Fitness 2000 gym on Tuesday.
Rodney Steven II and his Genesis Health Clubs acquired Wichita’s Fitness 2000 gym on Tuesday. The Wichita Eagle

Genesis Health Clubs has acquired another gym, and this one is a little closer to home than some of its other recent acquisitions.

On Tuesday, Genesis purchased Fitness 2000 in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“It’s probably one of the longest-standing health clubs in Wichita,” Genesis president and owner Rodney Steven II says.

Mohsen Etezazi owns the 21-year-old Fitness 2000.

“He’s a good friend,” Steven says. “Mo and I have been talking for years.”

Steven says Etezazi is retiring.

“He was wanting me to be his exit strategy,” Steven says. “His members will be welcomed into our club.”

As of Friday, Steven says he’ll close the Fitness 2000 site, which is a leased property.

“We traditionally own our facilities.”

Steven says Fitness 2000 members will have access to most of the 41 Genesis clubs across the Midwest, including four of the five in Wichita, for the same price they’ve been paying.

“We’re not changing their rates.”

For an extra fee, the members can also go to the Rock Road Genesis.

Steven has been on something of a health club buying spree in the last couple of years.

Not surprisingly, he says he has some more acquisitions in the works.

“We have some others working in some other states.”

Steven won’t say how long he expects the deals to take, but he says he’ll keep us posted.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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