Martinsburg fitness center closed down

September 23, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Things apparently did not work out at the gym for Rando's Fitness Center, which was closed by a court order Friday.

On Monday night, members were driving up to the 41,000-square-foot fitness center located in the former Nichols store off Edwin Miller Boulevard, where they were greeted by a notice posted on the door.

The notice from the Berkeley County Circuit Court granted G.B.R. North Queen Street Limited Liability Co. "possession of demised premises." The Delaware corporation had filed a lawsuit against Rando Enterprises, Randall J. Coyle, Ronald W. Coyle, Michael E. Staubs and Daniel D. Jackson last month.


The court file, however, was with one of the circuit court judges Monday afternoon and details of the suit were unavailable.

Kimberly Horst of Martinsburg said her telephone's caller ID had Rando's Hagerstown number recorded on it Monday afternoon. She did not call back, but it piqued her curiosity enough to make her drive by the Martinsburg facility that evening.

"I saw no cars and I saw papers on the windows," said Horst, who has a lifetime membership.

"This quite honestly doesn't surprise me. I've heard from several people here and there that he was in financial difficulties," she remarked. She added, however, that she liked the facility and didn't have any complaints.

The fitness center opened July 14 and at the time, manager Jim Foster said Rando Enterprises was considering possibly expanding business into Rochester, N.Y., and Woodbridge, Va.

"We were really excited because they were going to put in a pool," said a woman who only identified herself as a Quad Graphics employee. She and the man with her said they had joined a few weeks before the new center opened.

"They came to the company to recruit people," she said. Each had paid more than $200 for a one-year membership, they said.

"It's a shame, what a facility," said a man who would not give his name.

"We were warned before we joined here," he added, explaining that people had told him the business might be in financial trouble. He noted Rando's had closed down its Charles Town gym several months ago.

Foster said in July the company consolidated that center and a tanning salon in Shepherdstown into the new facility.

Court records, however, showed that Randall Coyle and Rando Enterprises had been the subject of several civil suits over the past year. Plaintiffs included Jefferson Security Bank in Shepherdstown, American National Mortgage Co. and North Village Development Co. in Hagerstown.

Also taped to the outside of the glass doors was a notice apologizing to members for the inconvenience caused by the dispute between the landlord and tenant. The notice said the corporation "is diligently working with chief legal counsel to have this issue resolved immediately."

The notice said the company planned to reopen as soon as possible and that members were welcome to use the Hagerstown Rando's.

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