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Fitness club chain expands to St. Louis with deal for Ballpark Village location

Genesis Health Clubs will own its first St. Louis location. The company acquired Onelife Fitness in Ballpark Village.
Credit: KSDK

ST. LOUIS — A Wichita, Kansas-based fitness club operator is expanding into St. Louis by acquiring the fitness center at Ballpark Village downtown.

Genesis Health Clubs will own its first St. Louis location as part of a deal that closed Wednesday afternoon. The company said it has acquired two locations of Onelife Fitness — in Ballpark Village and Kansas City’s Power and Light District — and is planning two new locations in the Kansas City area. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

At the time the Ballpark Village fitness club opened last year, the St. Louis and Kansas City sites were the only Midwest locations of OneLife Fitness, which is owned by Virginia-based US Fitness.

The two-story, 31,000-square-foot St. Louis location of OneLife Fitness opened in January 2020 as part of the $260 million second phase of the Ballpark Village development next to Busch Stadium, a project of the St. Louis Cardinals and development partner Cordish Cos. that also includes apartments at One Cardinal Way, a Live! by Loews hotel and an office building anchored by PwC.

Genesis Health Clubs said in a news release that the move gives the company key locations with trendy downtown anchors in both cities and sets the stage for a future “explosion of growth.” Owner and President Rodney Steven II said in the news release that the Ballpark Village location will act as an anchor for the brand in St. Louis, "and we’re already in talks for future locations." The news release did not provide additional information on future locations.

Read the full story on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

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