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BIG AL’S VENTURES OUT OF NORTHWEST TO SoCAL

As first reported in the June 2016 issue of Bowlers Journal International, Big Al’s has ventured out of its Pacific Northwest birthplace with a new location in Ontario, Calif. On March 16, it opened its fourth location at the Piemonte at Ontario Center, joining successful sites in Boise, Idaho; Vancouver, Wash.; and Beaverton, Ore. The […]

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OREGON 16-LANER DOWNSIZES BY 4 LANES, ADDS ARCADE

Even a center with as few as 16 lanes can be a candidate for “down-sizing,” depending on the community and the marketplace. Case in point: Four Seasons Bowling Center in Hillsboro, Ore., outside Portland. The 16-lane center opened in 1947, and was purchased by George Mareina in 1978. Now, Mareina’s son, Daniel, is the operator. […]

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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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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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BOWLING RETURNS TO ILLINOIS TOWN IN 6 WEEKS

It has taken the better part of a year, but bowling is now scheduled to return to the Illinois community of Carthage in about six weeks. The eight-lane facility, which also will include an arcade, is entering the final phase of construction inside what used to be a Dollar General store. The project is being […]

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WILMINGTON CENTER GETS QUBICAAMF MAKEOVER

Ten Pin Alley has been a staple in Wilmington, N.C., for many years, and in November 2015, Jim and Margaret Grago purchased the center, which is located in a 37,000-sq.ft. portion of what used to be a mall. The purchase included 24 lanes, 29 pool tables, two bars and a full-service restaurant. But with a […]

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