Kennebec Valley Health Club changes hands, to remain fitness center in Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE — When Sharon Roy resolved it was time to promote her business in Farmingdale, she had one particular request for the broker: Never place up a “For Sale” indication.

“I just simply cannot have that,” Roy explained lately. “I cannot have my members generate up every single working day and see a indicator. It leads to doubt in the community.”

For 45 years, Roy has run the KV Overall health Club, 1st with her spouse, Kim Brouillet, who died 18 decades ago following getting diagnosed with cancer, and now by herself.

Roy stated as she strategies her 65th birthday, she is completely ready to have another person else take about the company.

Julia Panepinto performs heat-up deadlifts in September 2020 at the KV Health Club in Farmingdale. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal file

Preserving that group was critically crucial to Roy and Scott Coutts, who has purchased the company. The offer shut Monday. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed.

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“He was afraid that a person would get (the assets) and convert it into workplaces and reduce the community connection,” Roy explained.

For the generations of people who have used the KV Overall health Club, as it is recognised, the facility has been a 2nd dwelling and the staff an extended relatives.

The family atmosphere was a magnet for Coutts, who owns and operates two community firms with his associates: Coutts Brothers Inc. in Randolph, which does utility building and substantial-voltage line operate, and Quirion Design Inc. in Augusta, which does residential and business earth perform, among the other companies.

Coutts’ relationship to the physical fitness centre dates again to his teenage a long time, and he did his very first bodybuilding demonstrate there.

“(They) have been awesome more than enough to give to give me a crucial when I could not make it on time,” Coutts mentioned. “I was able to do the job out on the off hours. It is a seriously fantastic loved ones ambiance. Good strength.”

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Whilst Coutts never ever imagined he would own a health and fitness center, he stated KV Wellbeing Club is an established, loved ones-oriented small business, like Coutts Brothers and Quirion Construction.

“I am not executing this for monetary gain, and I know that heading into it,” he explained. “This is additional of an psychological determination on my part because of to the local community and owning that taken care of as a fitness center.”

The KV Health Club opened in 1977 at a tiny rental space in Augusta. At that time, Roy was enrolled in nursing school and married to Brouillet.

Brouillet had bought into the gym and told his wife he prepared to buy out the owner.

Even though he had earned a diploma in criminology, Brouillet was a all-natural athlete who had competed in shot place at the Junior Olympic Games, according to Roy. He parlayed that into building the overall health club.

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The company grew as the few extra a women’s software, hosted powerlifting competitions and built fascination in bodybuilding.

With just about every expansion, they sought out other areas, and inevitably ended up in Farmingdale. When they ended up confronted with yet another go, they determined to build their have space. They opened the present-day facility at 11 KV Lane in 1992.

In 1998, Brouillet was identified with melanoma, a variety of pores and skin most cancers. At that issue, Brouillet turned above procedure of KV Well being Club to Roy while he focused on his remedy. He died in 2004 at 52.

Getting more than the day-to-working day managing of the health and fitness club gave Roy a stronger backbone, she mentioned, but it also tested her, as did overhearing reviews from consumers expressing uncertainties about her capability to proceed on her possess.

“The naysayers explained, ‘I give her 6 months,’” she mentioned. “I reported: “Watch me, toddler. I have been doing it.’”

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But Roy was also operating the hazard of overdoing it by working prolonged hrs and many days at a stretch. That is when she hired Ron Gallagher to be supervisor.

Together the way, Roy has earned certifications as a diet and wellness expert. She is a own trainer, a senior physical fitness specialist and a golf conditioning teacher.

Roy has also made working groups and Silver Sneakers courses for more mature clients, which have served construct communities of pals. That thread of local community is also seen in the images she has pinned to her place of work door exhibiting unique generations of space family members who have develop into consumers.

“I reside with no regrets,” Roy explained. “I try to glance at my possibilities and make the greatest selection primarily based on what is likely to be best for me and the men and women about me. I can not say I would like I would have finished nearly anything distinctive, for the reason that it wouldn’t have gotten me to this place.”

“This place” includes getting married to Colin Roy, a retired school athletic director who spent 26 yrs at Hall-Dale Center and Higher Faculty in Farmingdale, whom she achieved in 2008.

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While Roy said she plans to go on as a coach at KV Wellbeing Club, she also hopes to devote much more time taking part in golf with her husband, and not acquiring up at 2:30 a.m. to open the gymnasium for the early risers.

Coutts claimed he has limited- and lengthy-expression strategies for the fitness club, including obtaining Gallagher keep on as manager. Coutts said he is also on the lookout to update some of the cardio machines, and he plans to discuss with users about what they would like to see at the club.

“I want to get some contemporary, youthful blood in there,” Coutts said, “and make the transition to get younger users involved, and some sports groups in the spot at the higher university degree. It would be a travesty to not have the health club in the Gardiner-Farmingdale spot.”

Editor’s Notice: This story has been up-to-date to replicate that the identify of the enterprise is KV Overall health Club. 

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