‘We get to stay’: Tumbling Tides no longer facing move

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Chaney Scott

It’s a great day for Tumbling Tides, as head coach Lu Ann Nix says the local gymnastics studio is no longer facing a future without a home.

Earlier this year, the studio was attempting to find new accommodations after the building it was housed in went up for sale.

But Nix said the new owner had a surprise in store: Instead of kicking her business out, the new owner is happy to keep Tumbling Tides as a tenant in its location on Ninth Court in Tuscaloosa.

Nix said the new owner has been a major blessing.

“We weren’t going to be able to stay,” Nix said. “We had already been told when we were going to have to leave.”

Instead of a attempting a difficult move this summer, Tumbling Tides can now once again focus on training up a new generation of gymnasts.

“He’s allowing us to stay in our home,” she said. “We do feel like it is our home.”

The gym has been a Tuscaloosa institution for nearly 50 years, owned by the Nix family for 31 years and in the same location for 23 years.

“I just want to say a tremendous thank you to all the people who have supported us and prayed for our business,” Nix said. “I want to let everyone know that the prayers have been answered and it’s an amazing thing. I want to testify to that.”

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