COPPERAS COVE — Cove Fitness owners, friends and family celebrated the expansion of their business with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility Monday.

“As I look at my children, I am humbled that we made this dream come true,” said Paul Doyle, owner of Cove Fitness, before shoveling some dirt on the construction site of a new strip mall.

Paul Doyle and his wife, Denise, have worked to expand the operations of Cove Fitness for the last four years, Paul Doyle said.

Last week, construction crews broke ground on an 8,000-square-foot strip center at 1009 W. U.S. Highway 190, which turned the plans into more than just paper.

“It was a goal of ours to open this addition and strip facility next to Cove Fitness before the gym, formerly Ace Athletics, moved to the site in 2008,” Paul Doyle said.

A lot of “red-tape” slowed this project down, he said. Working with the Small Business Administration is not what it used to be. There are more regulations under President Barack Obama for the federal entity that is supposed to help small businesses grow. He said it was harder to get loans.

“It is hard for businesses that have great cash flow but don’t have the capital (to expand),” he said.

Still, being able to expand onto the property the Doyles have owned since before the gym moved is a good feeling, he said.

“It is even more exciting now that I have the experience,” he said. “You have to have the heart to become whatever you want to become. You have to have drive and work ethic.”

The new facility’s space, which will have a portion dedicated to Cove Fitness operations, already is leased and should be standing in about five to six months.

“Today is a great day in Copperas Cove,” said Liz Sherman, Cove Chamber of Commerce vice president. “Cove Summit will add three new businesses to Copperas Cove.”

Once completed, the strip center will house a pediatric dentist, Elle Day Spa and Salon and Cove Fitness 24 Hour Express.

The gym’s new facility will allow patrons to have access to workout equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to city construction permits, the new structure has an estimated cost of $888,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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