Former Seattle Seahawk Sam Adams is filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the midst of legal action surrounding his athletic club in West Seattle. The move raises new questions about the health club's future.
Adams purchased the club in March of 2013 when it was All Star Fitness. At that time, Adams vowed to honor all long-term previously memberships sold by All Star Fitness and work to bring the club back from it's neglected condition. Members say they noticed improvements after Adams took over, but the improvements only went so far. Then came legal action.
In January, a commercial landlord sued Adams and his wife Erika for past due rent on a retail lease in Tacoma. The complaint by MS Kearny CT 1 LLC, seeks $638,276.22 in unpaid rents and damages. Another lawsuit alleges Adams and West Seattle Fitness failed to pay employee wages.
In May, the property owner, H-P Properties/All Star LLC, filed a complaint for unlawful detainer. That's essentially court action to seek eviction for unpaid rent. According to the state Department of Revenue there are state tax liens against both the West Seattle Athletic club and one of Adams' fitness businesses in Tacoma, the Lincoln Plaza Athletic Club- totaling more than $333,000.
On June 28th, just days before the scheduled eviction hearing- court records show Adams and his wife filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Western District of Washington. The bankruptcy filing puts any eviction proceeding on hold. As for how all this will impact health club members- Adams' attorney Lawrence Engel could not comment when I reached him today. Engle did offer to pass along my contact information to Adams. I also left messages for Adams or the General Manager at the West Seattle Club but so far have not heard back.
A creditors meeting in the bankruptcy case is set for 10am July 25th in room 4107 of the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle.