With new owners at the helm, a women’s gym plans to relocate from downtown Keene before the end of the year.
Jacquelyn Trombly told The Sentinel in an email that a group of four bought Downtown Fitness for Women at 20 Commercial St. on Oct. 1: Trombly; her mother, Raette Trombly; Pam Graves; and her husband, Cory Graves.
They changed the name to Downtown Fitness Keene, though it will remain a gym for women. In September, Raette Trombly purchased a building at 15 King Court — the old space of Indian King Framery, which moved to The Center at Colony Mill over the summer.
Trombly wrote in her email that Pam Graves, the center’s aerobics director, approached her and said the owners, Penny A. and Richard C. Rogers, wanted to sell the business. Given that Trombly and her mother run a family business — Frazier and Son Furniture — Graves asked about forming a group to buy the fitness center.
Trombly wrote that the move offers a fresh start, as well as a few benefits for the business.
“Rent at the new location will be much more affordable and our members are looking forward to the free parking,” she wrote.
She said they hope to add more classes and upgraded equipment over time. Renovations are underway at the King Court property, Trombly said, but they hope to complete the move by December.
Originally a franchise, the fitness center opened in 2003 as Lady of America, Fitness for Women. The Rogerses bought the gym in 2013 and reopened it as an independent business.