The landlord of Snap Fitness’ Chatham location, which was previously operated by a Springfield Country Financial agent under investigation, sued in Sangamon County Circuit Court last week for about $26,900 owed in rent.
The lease agreement for the gym, 1061 Jason Place in Chatham, is assigned to ALO Fitness Inc. The lawsuit lists Adam Lopez as the registered agent for ALO Fitness and claims the business owes rent for the months of August, September, October and November to the owner of the Foxx Creek Plaza, Foxx LLC.
John Pruitt, the managing member of Foxx LLC, said the gym will shut down if the rent is not paid.
“I’ve got nothing against the guy,” Pruitt said, referring to Lopez. “We just want the rent.”
Though a Illinois Secretary of State’s online filing lists Lopez as ALO Fitness Inc.’s registered agent, Lopez said Monday that the business was transferred to his wife, Christine, in May. A message left at the Snap Fitness in Chatham for Christine Lopez was not returned, and Adam Lopez said Monday he would not make his wife available for an interview.
Lopez blamed the difficulty in paying the gym’s rent on his wife’s computers, checkbooks and other materials related to the gym’s finances being confiscated by Springfield police, who raided his home in September. Police opened a criminal investigation into Lopez after he was fired in September by Country Financial. The insurance agency cited customer complaints and “irregularities” in a review of accounts overseen by Lopez. Several parties, including Lopez’ family members, have sued him in civil court, saying they were deceived by Lopez and defrauded of thousands of dollars.
Lopez, who also serves as vice president of the Springfield School Board, has denied any wrongdoing. He said he was fired because of discrimination and a poor relationship with his supervisor. He filed a discrimination complaint against Country Financial last month.
“We requested to get that information back,” Lopez said, of his wife’s belongings. “… The Springfield Police Department refused to give that back. Unless the Springfield Police Department is investigating my wife, I don’t know why they would take her stuff.”
Springfield police said Monday it had no further comment in regard to the Lopez investigation. In October, it confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had taken over the criminal investigation.
Since the investigation began, Lopez said Snap Fitness’ corporate headquarters has been managing the rent payments of locations under ALO Fitness. A request for comment to Snap Fitness’ corporate media line was not returned Monday.
Rent payments for September and October owed to Heartland Development Group, which leases to the gym’s Springfield location owned by ALO Fitness, were paid by the gym’s corporate office, according to one of the group’s partners, Jim Fulgenzi.
“As far as I’m concerned, Snap Corporate is a great tenant,” Fulgenzi said.
Fulgenzi said the group has a lease with Snap Fitness’ corporate office and that Lopez was a sublessee.
“I think it’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, and I hope it all works out,” Fulgenzi said. “We love having Snap Fitness there, and frankly it’s needed in that area.”
ALO Fitness Inc. is summoned to appear in court Nov. 9 or a judgment against the company will be made by the court automatically, according to court documents.
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