2 followups in gym saga: Ex-owner’s bankruptcy; new-club info

1:21 PM: First, to be clear if you haven’t been following this closely, former NFL player Sam Adams is no longer the owner of the gym at 2629 SW Andover – as part of his bankruptcy proceedings, he gave up the lease three weeks ago, after announcing the then-West Seattle Club would be closed for two days; it reopened a week and a half later under a “new” owner – the landlord – and a new name, West Seattle Health Club. Here are two updates, one relating to the ex-ownership, one relating to the new:

ADAMS BANKRUPTCY NOW CHAPTER 7: Originally, Adams and his wife filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in late June, days before an eviction hearing related to the fitness center, which he had purchased for $75,000 as part of its previous owner’s business-bankruptcy case in early 2013. As reported here October 28th, the federal trustee proposed either dismissing the case or converting it to Chapter 7 for reasons including the Adamses’ failure to file mandatory financial reports since the filing. They have since filed reports, but at a hearing this past Friday, according to bankruptcy-court documents, they also voluntarily agreed to have the case converted to Chapter 7. (As explained here, the difference between 7 and 11 can be described as “liquidation” vs. “rehabilitation.”)

NEW CLUB UPDATE: The long comment thread following our previous report, from the West Seattle Health Club’s opening date on November 4th, continues to include questions from customers past and present. A club employee e-mailed to say he has started an unofficial Facebook page in the club’s name, where he’s posting information, since the club’s “placeholder” website has yet to be updated. Find it here.

COVERAGE ARCHIVE … all our coverage of what’s transpired relating to the 2629 SW Andover club, under four names over the past 2 years, is archived here, newest to oldest.

ADDED 7:51 PM: While writing this, we e-mailed WSHC VP Dan Lehr with a few questions, to which he has replied. Most importantly, he says, he expects to update its website this week, now that they have “firm ship dates” for equipment that’s on order, as well as firming up other operational details. Our other question was about the pool; Lehr says, “The cold weather has slowed our painting in the pool area. I won’t be able to give a firm date on the pool completion until I receive our quotes to fix the pool equipment. Hopefully I’ll have that by Wednesday. … Unfortunately the HVAC over the pool was in such a state of disrepair we had to order an entirely new system. I’ll have an ETA on that later this week as well and will update the site.”

7 Replies to "2 followups in gym saga: Ex-owner's bankruptcy; new-club info"

  • West Seattle Hipster November 16, 2014 (1:37 pm)

    Is there a GoFundMe site set up for Mr. Adams? If so, please pass the info on.

  • Brian November 16, 2014 (8:02 pm)

    I’m sure you mean a GoFundMe site for **Mr. Lehr**, right?!?

    Adams dissembled about what was going on, then ditched everyone. Who in their right mind would give him a penny now? What a painful waste of time and money this episode has been. I hope this new ownership sticks around for a while and invests what’s needed for a change.

    I gave up and left the club when it was clear nothing was going to get fixed. But I’d be willing to go back if they make it real again.

  • Curtis November 17, 2014 (10:20 am)

    I believe you’re looking for South Park character Eric Cartman’s site “Go Fund Yourself”.

  • Sigh November 17, 2014 (11:08 am)

    The free period ends this week, and we need info! I’ve left my email address at the gym and asked for updates, I’ve watched the blog and the club’s new website, what’s a girl gotta do to get her workout on! No way am I rejoining without a full, functioning gym with equipment and classes in place.

  • employee November 17, 2014 (2:17 pm)

    Since Same converted to a chapter 7, do you have info on who the employees can contact in order to explain why our wages/paychecks we have not seen yet she should still have to pay? Yes 95% of the employees are still without pay from October 28th, and now November 14th from the last few days Sam was in business. Everybody knows he is hiding money somewhere, plus with all the stuff he put into storage being forced to auction that stuff off will help as well. Has any of the members that got jack for dues on the 20th been refunded?

  • Sigh November 17, 2014 (3:42 pm)

    Sam Adams assured me as recently as 11/3 that I could expect a refund of the dues that were pulled on the 22nd. He said he’s working with his bank and a check will be mailed — but he didn’t commit to a timeframe. Still waiting…

  • FJ November 17, 2014 (9:57 pm)

    the ol’ “check is in the mail” excuse. good one, Sam! I cancelled my card and filed a dispute w/ the card company – I would recommend anyone else do the same thing.

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