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Genesis Health Clubs’ acquisition of Tri-State Athletic Club signals change

After 52 years, Tri-State Athletic Club is getting a new owner.

On Nov. 30, Genesis Health Clubs announced it was acquiring the business at 555 Tennis Lane.

“It’s all pretty new,” says general manager and director of racquet sports Don Martin, adding that many of the changes have yet to be implemented, including updating roles.

One change includes a name change. As of Nov. 30, the Tri-State Athletic Club is going by Genesis Health Clubs – Tri-State Athletic Club.

“We knew we couldn’t just sell to anyone. There’s over 50 years of history here, and it’s important to us that our members and staff can count on the club being owned by someone passionate about tennis and fitness who is here to stay,” former TSAC owner Thomas Myers said in a press release announcing the acquisition.

Myers and his wife, Andrea, bought the club in 2007 and cited their employees’ increased opportunities and benefits of being a part of a larger brand as a reason for selling the club to Genesis.

Bill Butterfield founded the club on Lynch Road as an indoor tennis facility. Since 1971, it has grown to offer 50 strength machines, 40 cardio machines, 10 indoor and four outdoor tennis courts, pickleball and racquetball courts, two full-sized basketball courts, indoor salt water and outdoor pools, and a yoga studio, indoor track, sauna, hot tub, and steam room. Members also enjoy a range of options including classes, massage therapy, and a kids club. The club is working on new tennis and four indoor pickleball courts, which should open in a month.

Martin says the acquisition came together quickly and as a result of “positive interactions between their company and our own.”

With the acquisition, Tri-State Athletic Club members now have access to similar amenities across Genesis Health Clubs’ 65 other locations in Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky.

“We are looking forward to reinvesting in the facility to make sure they remain local destinations for decades to come. With a 50-plus year history of tennis, group fitness, and a solid base of all sorts of classes, programming, and upscale amenities, it’s a perfect union,” Genesis Health Clubs Owner and President Rodney Steven II said in a press release. “We plan to welcome the staff into the Genesis family. … We’ve got big plans for Evansville now and in the future, and we can’t wait to share more soon!”

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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