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Bank takes over The Plex, but doors are still open

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A bank may have taken over "The Plex" sports complex on George Bishop Highway in Myrtle Beach, but doors to the facility are still open to members and after school programs.

Officials with First Reliance Bank say the owner of The Plex was not paying the bills, forcing a bank turnover.

Lauren Foxworth, who runs Ultimate Gymnastics Academy at The Plex, said on Friday the bank planned to shut complex down, but several businesses were still operating there. Foxworth said the bank thought the building was empty.

"They came on Friday ready to lock the doors to find out there are tenants here," she commented. "Tons of children are here and they had to keep this going."

Foxworth said the bank wants to keep it open while looking for someone to buy the building.

"We feel very confident that we will continue business here as planned and we are going forward right now. We are not taking a break. The doors are still open, so the schools know the bus is still coming here for the kids who get dropped off, " Foxworth said.

She said members can use the facility, but the $5-a-day program is not being offered at this time.

The previous owner of The Plex was not available to comment.

The bank plans on holding a meeting to discuss the facility's future on Friday.

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