Genesis Health Clubs buys out World Gym in Merriam, closes Shawnee Mission Parkway location

Genesis has moved its Shawnee Mission Parkway operation to the former World Gym space in Merriam.

Genesis Health Clubs has purchased the World Gym facility in Merriam and moved its local operations there from its former space on Shawnee Mission Parkway. You might know it by the Shawnee location’s name: the KC Racquet Club.

In a letter to gym members living in Shawnee, Genesis Health Clubs explained that the company normally owns all of its facilities, enabling the company to “renovate, remodel and enhance our locations to provide state-of-the-art fitness for our members.”

“This was the original plan at the Shawnee location,” the June 20 letter read. “Unfortunately, we were unable to purchase this building.”

Kyla Sims, a former employee with World Gym who is managing the new Genesis space, said Genesis recently bought out World Gym in Merriam and moved into the new space last weekend. The new address is 6501 E. Frontage Rd., Merriam, Kan.

Sims said Genesis was paying rent on the Shawnee Mission Parkway location, so the company closed the space Friday, June 22, and moved into World Gym after purchasing the building. The World Gym is known for its premium tennis facility, according to the letter.

Rates and memberships to the Shawnee location will be the same cost, according to the letter.

The new Genesis Health Clubs (old World Gym) has an indoor cycling studio, 12 indoor and outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool.

Plans for a multi-million-dollar remodeling project will also start soon, according to the letter. Those plans include an indoor swimming pool, new strength and cardio equipment, locker rooms and towel service. The renovations will probably turn the facility into one of Genesis’s “premium” locations, which drive membership rates up by an additional $20 a month.

“However, Shawnee members will receive access to KC Racquet Club for the entire life of their memberships at no extra charge,” the letter said.

Genesis Health Clubs combined equipment from the two facilities, which means there is more equipment for the new Merriam space, including more than 30 total treadmills, Sims added.

Formerly known as World Gym Merriam, KC Racquet Club has a state of the art tennis facility that welcomes players of all levels to come learn the game, improve their skills, play, compete, socialize and enjoy the game of tennis. We have 12 courts, 8 indoor, 2 outdoor and 2 indoor/outdoor interchangeable courts that can be covered by a bubble dome.

“We got a bunch of new cardio equipment,” Sims said. “We bought almost all their equipment from the Shawnee Mission equipment and cut some of our equipment.”

The Merriam location is open 24 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Sundays, the gym opens at 7 a.m. On Fridays, it closes at 9 p.m. And on Saturdays, it is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.