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IOWA CENTER BOUNCING BACK FROM PANDEMIC AND FLOOD

Every center has faced challenges during the pandemic, but Bowl Mor Lanes in the Iowa community of Sanborn took a double punch to the gut after it was purchased by Bert and Bev Van Dam and their sons, Josh and Jeremy, in May 2019. First, of course, was the mandated COVID-related closure that so many […]

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RENOVATION OF FORMER ARMY BASE CENTER TO MOVE FORWARD

The pandemic delayed countless real estate projects around the country, including the ongoing redevelopment the former Fort Monmouth Army base in New Jersey. Now, Parker Creek Partners says it is ready to begin work on the modernization of the base’s venerable bowling center, transforming it into a bowling-based entertainment venue. Read more about the plans […]

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MATT GASN TO JOIN STORM’S REGIONAL SALES TEAM

Matt Gasn will join Storm Products’ regional sales team, effective June 1. He will support customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. The former Junior Team USA member and collegiate team champion has a sterling bowling resumé, but in recent years has been dedicated to service in the bowling industry, working […]

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ROUND1 OPENS NEW VENUE IN VANCOUVER, WASH.

A new Round1 entertainment center has opened at the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver, Wash. The facility includes the usual Round1 mix of attractions, including bowling lanes, billiard tables, amusement games, plus food-and-beverage service. The entertainment venue and a new Hobby Lobby store have taken over space formerly occupied by a Sears store.

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MANAGEMENT SAYS FIESTA BOWL IS NOT CLOSING

Fiesta Bowl, one of two bowling centers serving The Villages community in Florida, is assuring customers that it is not closing. Its management told Villages-News.com that the reason it is closing two days each week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) this summer is for “improvements and routine maintenance.” The center is open at varying hours on all […]

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PRESERVATIONISTS SEEK TO BLOCK VOELKER’S DEMOLITION

Plans to demolish Voelker’s Bowling Center in Buffalo, N.Y., have been met with opposition by local preservationists. The structure was built in 1892, and originally was a hotel and tavern. Bowling was introduced to the facility in 1941. “We’ve heard from many of our members on how important the bowling alley was to their personal […]

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IBF, PBA PARTNER TO INCREASE GLOBAL PARTICIPATION

The International Bowling Federation and the Professional Bowlers Association have formed a long-term partnership. The goal: raise the profile of the sport and increase participation worldwide. Among many aspects of the agreement, the PBA will adopt the IBF’s anti-doping regulations and anti-corruption policy for match fixing. Gender equality, sustainability and climate initiatives, and coaching best […]

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TAKE A TOUR OF IN-HOME BOWLING INSTALLATIONS

One might expect Maria Sharapova to have a tennis court at her expansive home in Southern California, but one surprising amenity is a pair of bowling lanes in the basement. “They told me that it’s like a professional alley, so that if there are any pros that want to come and bowl at my house, […]

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NEW NAME AND SOME APPRECIATION FOR FLORIDA CENTER

Bowling center owners don’t hear the words “thank you” perhaps as often as they should, but they’ve been hearing them a lot as they re-open their centers following long closures. That was the experience of Laura Belschner, who has resurrected Florida’s Port St. Lucie Lanes and rechristened it Lucie Lanes. The previous owner, a South […]

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