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DeKalb Fitworkz remaining open under new ownership

January 24, 2019

DeKALB – FitWorkz was set to close its doors next month after four decades in business.

Now, two DeKalb residents have stepped up to take over the business and save it from its 6 p.m. Feb. 15 closing date.

Ray Binkowski, owner of the local 24-hour fitness club, announced in a Facebook post Wednesday that DeKalb residents Peggy and Terry Hopkins will become the new owners of Fitworkz. The news comes after Binkowski announced in a Facebook post Jan. 10 that Fitworkz would close for good at 6 p.m. Feb. 15.

Binkowski would not say when the official change in ownership will take place.

“There’s a lot of moving parts with this,” he said.

Binkowski declined additional comment.

Terry and Peggy Hopkins did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Binkowski said in the Wednesday post that the fitness club’s current staff will stay employed during the change in ownership. He said the community can expect a new name for the club and rebranding in the short term.

Binkowski had said the club has had a “wonderful” run for the years he’s been in business, but it’s time for him to move on and chase other goals related to his other endeavors, including being a health and fitness author and motivational speaker.

FitWorkz has been operating in DeKalb since 1978 and saw several changes in ownership and locations before Binkowski took over in 2007. Binkowski had said he bought FitWorkz from previous owner Paul Wright, who owned the club under the name Wright Athletic Club.

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