Archive for Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fitness club set to open doors again

January 12, 2011

Tonganoxie’s fitness center is expected to be back in operation by the end of the month.

Unlimited Fitness, which closed at the end of December, is expected to reopen under new ownership and a new name.

Ben Robbins, whose family owns the building at 1198 Front St., said his mother, Marilyn Robbins, and he have been spearheading efforts to re-open the business. Finney and Marilyn Robbins have owned Midwest Carpet in downtown Tonganoxie for several years and have owned the building in which the fitness club has existed for nearly 11 years. Ben’s brother, Jeremy, operated the fitness center as Midwest Athletic Club for four years starting in 2000 before Mark Padfield became owner of the center, which was renamed Unlimited Fitness, in 2004. Owner Mark Padfield said in December that he was closing the business because of the sluggish economy.

“Unfortunately Mark went out of business, and we’re just trying to keep it open,” Ben Robbins said.

Robbins said he hopes to have the fitness club reopened by the end of the month.

“It’s just really setting up the business, talking with our attorneys,” Robbins said, “all the paperwork and getting the equipment purchased. Just waiting on those things.”

He said plans are to retain services Unlimited Fitness offered and then see whether any changes will be made.

“We’re just going to kind of go by trial and error for the first few months until we get our feet under us and see what’s working and what’s not,” Robbins said. “We’re trying to get a lot of input from the members, what they like and what they don’t like.”

For members who had purchased long-term pre-paid memberships, the new club would be honoring those memberships, Padfield said.

Some members who paid month-by-month through automatic withdrawal from banking accounts had money mistakenly withdrawn for January. Padfield said members who were erroneously charged should contact ABC Financial at (888) 827-9262 or by email at customercare@abcfinancial.com.

The fitness club side of the building covers about 8,000 square feet, Robbins said. Also housed in the building, which is a former bowling alley, are Midwest Chiropractic and Neu Physical Therapy.

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