By Justin Fenton
Enquirer staff writer
Former Bengal Doug Pelfrey's attempt to relocate his three businesses into one location is up - and it's good.
Pelfrey, 33, who was the Bengals' kicker from 1993 to 1999, is buying the former Remke Markets headquarters in Covington and will convert it into office space for his three businesses as well as eight others he has worked with.
Pelfrey's Kicks for Kids, a nonprofit organization that raises money for mentally and physically challenged children, as well as his for-profit ventures Play Like the Pros and Pro Status, have already moved into the 67,500-square-foot property on Russell Street.
Those companies' offices were previously spread among three locations in Edgewood and Florence.
Two other companies - Tri-State Turf Pro and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes - have moved into the building, said Jeff Ginn, chief marketing officer for Play Like the Pros.
Six more - Identity Sports, Pro Footage, Pro Pack, Vineyard Signs, Tri-State Truck Rentals and Movers and an exercise and physical-training facility featuring a showroom for Hammer Strength equipment - should move in the next 90 days as renovations are completed, Ginn said.
"There are four companies Doug has an interest in and others that are vendors to companies he's interested in," he said. "[And] part of it is opportunity driven - they needed space and we knew of an opportunity in our building for them."
The building has been empty since October 2002, when Remke moved its operations to Cox Avenue in Boone County. The property's asking price was $1.5 million, though the purchase price was not disclosed and the deal is expected to close later in the year.
Pelfrey, who was active in charitable work as a member of the Bengals, was released by the team just prior to the 2000 season and lives in Kentucky.
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