The irony isn’t lost on Mike Emerson. The Iowa Falls man just spent a lot of money buying equipment from a failed gym in Springville so he could open a new gym in Iowa Falls. But he feels the circumstances are different and he’s tabbed early March as his opening date.

“The guy I got all of this from had a lot of older people come in,” Emerson said. “When the pandemic hit, they stopped coming in. I think there’s a lot of people here who want and need a place like this. But, yeah, I thought about that.”

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