The Andover couple named new owners of Manchester Athletic Club | New
MANCHESTER – An Andover couple will own and operate Manchester Athletic Club from October 1.
Jessica and Joshua Pletka were chosen earlier this month by Cell Signaling Technologies, a Danvers-based biotech company that owns the MAC field, to take over operations of the fitness and tennis center.
“As a member of MAC and a resident of Manchester, I am thrilled by the enthusiasm the Pletkas share in maintaining and growing the tradition of MAC,” said Michael Comb, President and CEO of Cell Signaling Technologies, in a press release announcing the change of ownership. “Their abilities and plans for the future will ensure the club remains a tremendous community asset.”
John Atwood of Atwood Consulting assisted Cell Signaling Technologies in the research. Of the seven potential candidates, Atwood ultimately recommended the Pletkas to Cell Signaling Technologies.
“We chose the Pletkas in part because there was a sense of their commitment to the MAC and the community,” he explained. “They have been heavily involved in the tennis side of (MAC). Their children attend and they are there almost every day.
Jessica Pletka is chief financial officer of biopharmaceutical company Zetagen Therapeutics. Her husband, Joshua Pletka, is an orthopedic surgeon.
“It was crazy,” Jessica Pletka said of working on the transition under such tight deadlines. “But we have a huge outreach community. We are incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to stand up and help (the MAC). »
Pletka said she would handle day-to-day operations until the couple find a general manager.
“It’s going well,” she said of the search. “There will be an opportunity for someone hopefully within 30-60 days.”
The Pletkas hope to expand the MAC’s offerings while retaining what made the facility successful in the first place. Their first projects will be to modernize the fitness and common areas, to create a space for paddle tennis and to reopen the MAC café. Other capital projects will be announced later this year, according to Cell Signaling Technologies’ announcement.
Other considerations include more fitness and group classes, pickle ball, partnering with a paddle tennis league, developing a non-profit organization dedicated to tennis and youth sports, and implementing supplemental nutrition, injury prevention, weight loss, bone health, flexibility, sports massage and medical education services. .
“We are working with Cell Signaling Technologies who are currently working on a master plan for the area,” said Jessica Pletkasid. “That should complement what we do very well.”
Throughout this time, Jessica Pletka hopes to retain as many MAC employees who wish to continue working at the establishment.
“There is definitely room and work to be done,” she explained. “We want people to have seats on the bus on our side to make this facility buzz.”
In July, Cell Signaling Technologies purchased the MAC lot and two adjoining parcels on Atwater Avenue, totaling 48 acres, from Anthony Simboli of Simboli Properties.
“The Pletkas seek to build on the tradition created by the Simboli family by continuing and advancing the club’s offerings to ensure the facility remains a premier racket sports and fitness facility on the Coast. -North,” Cell Signaling Technologies said in its announcement.
Michael Cronin can be reached at 978-675-2708, or [email protected]