Lawsuit surfaces in midst of sudden gym closure

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New allegations surfacing against the founder of a gym that just closed its doors without any warning to customers.

“I was shocked to find that it was dark and everything’s closed up. It’s unfortunate,” said Jen Ogden.

Now two days after Evolv Fitness near Paseo and I-25 closed without warning under the ownership of Curt Chavez, people are still showing up to wind down with a workout.

“I’m kind of bummed,” Ogden said. “I wanted to go to yoga today.”

KRQE News 13 has been reaching out to gym founder Chavez since Wednesday. He wrote via email that only one side of the story is out but he did not offer to tell News 13 the other side, saying it’s “difficult with the grief of losing something so dear to [his] heart.”

On Thursday, he sent a message to Evolv members that said in part: “All automatic membership payments have been canceled.  Any prepaid memberships will be extended. Any annual memberships recently renewed have been refunded.”

As for the closed sign, he has said construction at Paseo hit hard.

However, property owners say Chavez was evicted after two years of struggles to pay the rent.

“I know of no other landlord that would be that patient,” said Kelly Mains.

Now, Chavez’ former business partner alleges that is just the beginning.

“The money is getting funneled somewhere or something happened to it or it’s going somewhere, and it’s not going into the company because our employees weren’t getting paid,” said Wilton Rogers who used to be in charge of marketing and sales at Evolv.

Rogers is suing, saying Chavez diverted company funds to pay personal debts.

Court records show Chavez denies the allegations and is countersuing for defamation of character.

Members of Evolv Fitness caught in the middle just want things to work out so they can get back to their fitness routine.

“I hope it’s all just a matter of moving to a different location and that they can get up and running again. I think what they offered was really valuable,” Ogden said.

For membership questions and refunds, Evolv Fitness is referring people to Christine at chris.conlin@hotmail.com

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