Apr 15, 2009
Blame The Landlord
The Morning Call leads off the local section today with the story of the gym which snuck out in the middle of the night. Understandably, Joyce Marin, Community Development Director of Allentown, was a little embarrassed because she inadvertently helped promote the scam. Unfortunately, she reverted to one of Allentown's biggest excuses, blaming the landlord. The reporters write, "Marin added that the person (from Daro's) also said they closed the business due to problems with building's landlord." Joyce, please consider the following facts; The gym was collecting membership fee's the day before they moved. Supposedly this operator (Daro) has a reputation not fulfilling customer expectations. The previous operator Xertek (now called Coliseum at 15th and Green Sts) didn't have problems with the landlord for over nine years, and moved because of issues with the City Parking Authority. Flakey tenants come and go, but you're going to have to work with that landlord, who made a sizable investment, for years. By the way, supposedly the Brew Works hasn't been able to open at the golf course because of code violations ignored for a decade by their landlord, The City of Allentown.