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INDIANA CENTER WILL CLOSE FOR 20 DAYS TO RELOCATE

New Albany, Ind., is losing the Hoosier Strike & Spare bowling center on April 8, but it isn’t losing the center’s lanes. They’ll be moved to a new location in nearby Clarksville, Ind., where the entertainment options will also include laser tag, a roller rink, bumper cars and a laser maze. That facility is scheduled […]

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RIVER CITY ROLL WILL BRING 20 LANES TO RICHMOND

Business partners Robert Long and Ben Eubanks are planning to bring a bowling-based entertainment center called River City Roll to the Scott’s Addition area of Richmond, Va. A May groundbreaking is anticipated for the project, which would include 20 bowling lanes, a game area with shuffleboard, numerous big-screen TVs for viewing sporting events, and a […]

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BOWLING FOR FORMER ‘MOST DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD’

Pins Mechanical Co. is coming to Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with a concept that includes “mini duckpin bowling,” lots of pinball machines and a roof-top deck with full-size shuffleboard. As recently as 2009, Over-the-Rhine was considered the most dangerous neighborhood in America, but it has undergone a transformation that you can read about here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/06/what-works-cincinnati-ohio-over-the-rhine-crime-neighborhood-turnaround-city-urban-revitalization-213969. Pins […]

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INVESTORS LOSE $500,000 IN CANCELED PROJECT

Janss Marketplace is a busy outdoor shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Jon Coulombe planned to open a retro-themed bowling alley, skate park, arcade, bar and restaurant. He planned to call it DaddyO’s Skater Bowl, and received upwards of half-a-million dollars from investors — mostly local residents — who wanted in on the project. […]

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JOHN LOSITO IS NAMED 2017 PROPRIETOR OF THE YEAR

John Losito of Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., has been selected as the 2017 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Proprietor of the Year. The award is presented annually to a proprietor who has excelled at developing relationships within their community, including comradery with the local United States Bowling Congress association, while actively promoting the […]

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NO BOWLING FOR HISTORIC SANTA FE RAILYARD

The effort to bring bowling to the Market Station building at the Santa Fe Railyard in New Mexico now appears to be dead — even though the bowling capital equipment has been installed. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee managing Market Station has now asked a judge for permission to sell the equipment back to US […]

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BOWLMOR AMF: NO PLANS TO CLOSE PORTLAND CENTER

AMF Pro 300 Lanes in southeast Portland, Ore., may survive beyond May or August, after all. After MAJ Development Corporation, the new owner of the building that houses the center, announced last week that a “national retailer” would be taking over the space, Bowlmor AMF issued its own statement on Saturday. “Any rumors that we […]

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MAINE’S BAYSIDE BOWL COMPLETES EXPANSION PROJECT

In case you were concerned that the expansion of Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, might not be completed in time for the Professional Bowlers Association’s visit April 9-16, you may now breathe a sigh of relief. It took 10 months, but the expanded facility made its public debut with a ribbon cutting and “first ball […]

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KANSAS COMMUNITY STILL HAS BOWLING… AT LEAST FOR NOW

After Community National Bank foreclosed on Parsons Bowl in Parsons, Kan., it tried to find a buyer for the 12-lane center — with no luck. So, a long-time employee of the center, Helen Brooks, has been asked to operate it while a buyer continues to be sought. For legal purposes, the name has been changed […]

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