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Tacoma fitness center once threatened with eviction is in new hands

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 11:36 am |
July 18, 2012 2:26 pm

A big Tacoma fitness center once threatened with eviction for allegedly failing to pay its rent is in new hands this month.

The former AllStar Fitness center on Montana Avenue near the Tacoma Mall and Costco is now Gold’s Gym Tacoma.

Court records show that the fitness center’s landlord, which had sought to evict the health club, and the Seattle-based AllStar Fitness settled two lawsuits out of court in mid-June.

An AllStar employee said that the fitness center’s members have been transitioned to Gold’s Gym.

Bob Padgett, AllStar’s chief executive officer, was unavailable for comment.

Padgett’s fitness club empire that once included six clubs has shrunk to two, one in West Seattle and one in Portland.

Gold’s said in a letter to members that it has replaced the five-year-old fitness center’s carpet, repaired the sauna, steam rooms and elevator, air conditioning and exercise equipment.

“The warm, friendly, inviting energy is back,” Gold’s told former AllStar members.

Before the transition, some members had complained that AllStar was deferring maintenance at the facility, that exercise equipment was in need of repair and that the club had become run down.

AllStar’s landlord, MS Kearny Ct 1 LLC, alleged in its suit that the health club owed back rent of more than $1.3 million. AllStar countered that it owed only $105,000.

The fitness club contended in court documents that it had reached a rent reduction agreement with the former owner of the building. The building’s new owner was not honoring that agreement, the club alleged.

The structure that houses the health club is the former Lincoln Plaza multiplex theater. That theater closed in 2000.

The building was remodeled and expanded to become a health club in 2006 and 2007. AllStar opened on the site in mid-year 2007.

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