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It takes a village to re-open a gym eight days after flooding and extensive damage, and that’s exactly what happened at Empower Fitness Gym for Women

On the evening of January 7, a frozen pipe burst and flooded the entire rear area of the gym. Thanks to a quick response by Lawrence Shopping Center security and maintenance man Luis, I arrived at the gym to view the damage. I was soon joined by staff member Joan Malchow and we all sprung into action. The next five days were a whirlwind of activities as the damage was assessed and a plan of action was implemented. Of equal importance was a communication process we began immediately to keep our members and other customers informed. Recovery efforts began with the primary goal of re-opening the gym as soon as possible, with a safe and comfortable environment. Less than seven days later a new classroom floor was installed with wet sheet rock removed and reinstalled; all base cove molding removed and reinstalled; all rear room contents emptied, cleaned, and returned; all carpeting shampooed and disinfected; and a new floor installed in the massage room. After eight days, the gym was re-opened.

None of this would have been possible without the complete support of the Lawrence Shopping Center ownership and construction team, the dedication and hard work of EF staff, and the volunteer work of many in our EF community…all working together in good synchronization and with great spirit. A special and heartfelt shout out to staff Heather Walker and Joan Malchow, who were at my side every step of the way (as usual) and even enabled me to go on a pre-planned ski weekend while they took the lead. Michael Wilkerson and his construction team (especially crew leader Jonathan) were skilled and diligent and cheerful in completing the work. Luis, Shopping Center maintenance man, assisted throughout the process. Several members of our gym community volunteered their time to help, including Rorie Parrella, Doug Malchow,  Gazey Turner, Marcia Steinberg, Willie Mae Williams, Florence Broadway, Ann Lo Prinzi, Florence Saunders, Claudia Link, and Sukanya Mahadevan. And numerous other gym members communicated lovely expressions of concern, support, and loyalty.





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Lawrence Shopping Center
(near Burlington Coat Factory)
2495 Route 1 at Texas Ave.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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phone: 609.882.4500
fax: 609.406.1471