By Claire Bessette

Norwich — Jolene Bowers called it serendipity that Gina Facchini, owner of Norwich Fitness Center, left her a polite voicemail asking if the longtime owner of Summit Fitness was looking for a potential collaborator.

“She was so diplomatic,” Bowers said of the voicemail nine months ago that she still has on her phone. “She didn’t say, ‘I heard you’re retiring.’ She just said, ‘I hear you might want to collaborate with others.’”

Collaborate they did, and this week, Facchini moved the last pieces of equipment from the cramped downtown Norwich space, where she first launched her CrossFit business in 2017, into the spacious Summit Fitness.

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