LACEY - A Curves for Women weight-loss business on Ruddell Road in Lacey is moving, not closing. The move created some confusion for customers when they showed up Tuesday morning to find a largely vacant space with no exercise equipment.
Mari Bochenek arrived at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the building, at 5740 Ruddell Road S.E., and said it was cleaned out. Two other women also were standing there with dazed looks, she said.
“Everything is gone; it’s just bizarre,” Bochenek said.
After landlord negotiations fell through, the woman in the process of buying the business, Wendi Rasler, decided to move it, said Colette Hadaller. Hadaller has owned the business at the Ruddell Road location for about 10 years and expects to sell it to Rasler within 30 says, she said. Hadaller said Rasler has several locations under consideration and wants the new location to be relatively close to the previous one.
“She has every intention of reopening in 20 days,” Hadaller said about the business.
To help with the transition, members of the Lacey Curves can pick up “travel passes” at the business next door, Garlic Jim’s pizza, which they can use at other Curves’ locations, Hadaller said.
Curves has sites in Tumwater, on Olympia’s west side and on Martin Way in Olympia, according to the Curves International Web site.
Curves spokeswoman Becky Frusher said members can work out at any other club of their choice.
“They can permanently transfer their membership or use the club temporarily until such time as the original one reopens,” Frusher said in an e-mail.
Customer Bochenek said she pays $36.89 a month as a member. Although Rasler didn’t comment at length Tuesday, a business voice mail message acknowledges the move and says membership dues will be suspended until a new location opens.
Hadaller said she’s not surprised customers were caught off-guard because the business was open Monday, but everything had to be moved out in less than 24 hours.
Bochenek said the only items left were a bulletin board, fake palm trees and a couple of pictures.
“It was stripped to the bone,” she said.
Hadaller has owned as many as seven Curves businesses but is selling her last two so she can retire, she said.
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