Gym reopening for the first time in more than 50 years as gym owners battle a $3 million lawsuit article Backyard jungle is back in the gym with a new look, with a gym reopening to accommodate the growing demand for physical therapy and other physical therapy services.
Owner Mike and Linda Lees announced the reopening of the new gym, the gym at 2123 North 2nd Street, on Monday, a day after a federal judge ordered the couple to vacate the property.
The Lees say the gym’s former tenants, who also owned the property, are asking for more than $3.5 million in damages, claiming they were misled into thinking the gym was not being used as a therapy facility.
They are also asking for a court order that would force the Lees to take back the property that they built for them in the 1990s.
“We’re just happy that it’s back,” said Mike Lees, who has operated the gym since 1990.
“It’s a huge loss for the community, a huge asset to our community.”
The Leesses, owners of the gym for more 40 years, say they are also hopeful the lawsuit will be resolved before they close.
“I think we’ll be able to get the money,” said Linda Leess, who said she hopes the lawsuit goes away before the couple vacates.
“It’s just a big disappointment for us.
I’m hoping they’ll be willing to come back, because it’s our home,” she said.
The new gym has a new name and logo, and it is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 to 5 p. m. and Saturday from 9:30 a. to 6 p. p.
The gym has about 20 physical therapy sessions a week.
The gym reopened in the fall of 2018 after a renovation, and the couple said they hope to bring in new clients.
In addition to therapy, the Leesss say they also plan to expand their physical therapy classes, with classes at the gym, at the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services and at other health care facilities.
The family also owns a gym in a nearby town and they are hoping to open a gym near their home in South Jersey.
“We’ve been doing this for 40 years.
I mean, it’s like an old neighborhood,” said Chuck Lees.
“We’ve just got to go back and do it right.”