By William Kincaid
Two long-standing Mercer County businesses are going through some major shake-ups as 2005 draws toward an end.
Rino's Auto Sales, located at 998 E. Market St., will be moving all operations to the former North Shore Automotive site along Havemann Road, which went out of business earlier this year.
Roger Langenkamp, a manager at Rino's, said everything from the old lot on Market Street will be relocated to the new site by Jan. 3. And, according to Langenkamp, a service center is already up and running at the new site, across from Crown Equipment Corp.
A Rino's representative said no further information would be released until later this week. The business is owned by Terry "Rino" Reineke.
Genesis Gym & Fitness Center, located at 7729 U.S. 127 N., will be closing its doors Dec. 31 after helping local patrons pump iron for 10 years. Jody Zimmerman, a representative of Genesis, told The Daily Standard this morning that the gym is closing because of a sewer system problem.
Zimmerman said owners Tom and Laurie Burtch posted signs in the building that say "because of a combination of unforeseen circumstances, primarily an outdated septic system," Genesis will be closing after 10 years.
Because the updates would be too costly, according to Zimmerman, the Burtches are planning to sell the building. Zimmerman also said the Burtches have a meeting today with a potential buyer.
Lenona Hohman, a representative of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency of the Northwest District for surface water, told The Daily Standard that she has not yet been informed of any problem at the health club.