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After 42 years, Springfield scuba store owner sells business

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SPRINGFIELD — Rick and Kim Sass regularly travel to exotic locations around the world to swim with sharks, stingrays and other aquatic life.

However, the couple always docks in the Battle Creek area.

In fact, the anchor is literally outside the scuba business, Sub Aquatic Sports and Service, at 347 N. Helmer Road, where customers are greeted with a one-year-old Poodle mix.

The Susses, who have run a retail business specializing in scuba equipment, instruction and travel for 42 years, stepped away from their day-to-day operations earlier this year to take an advisory role under the new owners of the dive shop, Diventures Inc. I was.

In this 2012 photo, Battle Creek's Kim Sass explores the reefs of the Galapagos Islands.

Around 2018, Kim and I started talking quietly to each other. “Let’s say 40,” said Rick. Then he comes March 2020 and everyone knows the story there… luckily one of our sales reps has a well run dive across the country her I gave our name to Dean Hollis who is buying the store. ”