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Alpha Fitness says thanks for responses, shares post-Katrina store photo

Of specialty fitness stores, Alpha Fitness Equipment apparently received the worst of Hurricane Katrina. Now he has shared a post-Katrina picture of his store in Chalmette, below, and it makes us cringe.


Of specialty fitness stores, Alpha Fitness Equipment apparently received the worst of Hurricane Katrina, as we reported Sept. 2, 2005 (“Fitness and sporting goods stores/personnel hit by Katrina and aftermath,” click here to read story).

Since our report in SNEWS®, owner Larry Thonn told us his impressions and dilemma in a touching report (Sept. 8, 2005, “Alpha Fitness Equipment loses business, warehouse, inventory, home in Katrina,” click here to read). That essay solicited a flood of responses, he said, including job offers for displaced staff; Thonn offers big thanks to all.

Now he has shared a post-Katrina picture of his store in Chalmette, below, and it makes us cringe. For comparison, we have printed a picture from his website below it of his storefront before the storm.Â

He can be reached at lean@leanabs.com.

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