Two pro football players from Whatcom County are establishing deeper roots in the Ferndale community by purchasing a business.
NFL athletes Jake Locker and Michael Koenen have partnered with Wes Herman of The Woods Coffee to purchase the Thrive Community Fitness center. The facility is at 1859 Main St., near the Ferndale Haggen grocery store. Financial terms were not disclosed.
It is being renamed the Locker Room and will feature several new additions, including equipment and classes, Herman said. Existing members will have the same benefits as what they had while with Thrive.
Having two professional athletes helping operate the facility will be a benefit to members because they can offer some insights about fitness and nutrition not normally seen at a community workout facility, Herman said.
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Koenen agreed, saying in a news release that it’s another way for him and Locker to help the next generation of Whatcom County athletes.
“I have learned many things about health and fitness over the course of my 10-year NFL career, and I am beyond excited to have an avenue in the Locker Room to share this knowledge,” said Koenen, a punter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Locker is a quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.
Herman said in a phone interview that the purchase was a business opportunity that has plenty of growth potential. The Woods Coffee steadily grew into multiple locations, and that’s something the owners of Locker Room would like to see happen because Whatcom County is such an active community.
Herman admitted that teaming up with two football players in the middle of the season is challenging, but it worked out well.
“They have a tough schedule, but they both have a level of business sophistication that is very strong,” Herman said.
Other changes Herman said they are considering for Locker Room include getting more members through corporate involvement and possibly having the fitness center open 24 hours a day. The center currently has 30 employees.
The ownership switch took place Monday, Dec. 1. A grand opening is scheduled in January; guests will get a chance to meet Locker and Koenen, who will be signing autographs and giving away prizes. During the NFL offseasonm both Koenen and Locker plan to be at the fitness center regularly, working out and organizing football camps, Herman said.
The Locker Room is open 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Details can be found at LockerRoomFitness.com or by calling 360-318-7506.