Virginia sues SportQuest over spa memberships

Posted at 1:17 PM, Feb 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-10 10:53:23-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR)  - The state filed court papers against SportsQuest that could result in a refund for hundreds of people who paid to join a spa SportsQuest planned to build.

According to a lawsuit filed in Chesterfield County Court, the state said 725 people bought health spa contracts for the SportsQuest spa on Genito Road. Those people paid up to $2,600 depending on the type of contract and payment plan they signed.

When SportsQuest first sold the memberships, the facility did not disclose when the spa would open. Later SportsQuest indicated the spa would open in the Fall of 2010, according to the court papers. The spa has not yet to opened.

The suit claimed SportsQuest violated state code by not disclosing an opening date for the spa. The suit further claimed SportsQuest violated state code by "including false or misleading information" about the opening date of the Genito Road facility.

Mark Wood, President of Operations and Membership Services at SportsQuest said this about the lawsuit:

"It has caught me by surprise, because in my eyes we have abided by every rule and regulation with the Virginia health and spa act, and we have stayed in contact with state officials in every step in the process. I think there's some unfairness to it. I know the state is doing this to protect the consumer, but i also understand the law is not helping us in this instance because we are agreeing to return the money to members that have requested a refund."

He went on to say, "Regional events at Sportsquest has poured millions of dollars into Chesterfield's economy."