One and Only Bowling Alley Closes Its Doors

August 08, 2018 09:04 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- There’s only one bowling alley in Albert Lea, and by the end of the month, it’ll close its doors.

Holiday Lanes’ general manager Dustin Barr, whose grandparents bought the business from another bowling alley in 1990, said this is something they’ve seen coming.


“It’s been in our minds for a couple years,” he said.

“You know, it’s just not, there are just no words. It’s just very sad,” said Nicole Mayer, who was full of emotion when talking about the closing.

“We were hoping someone was going to buy it that kept it a bowling alley, but that’s not the case,” she said.

"Looking at income versus expenses and expenses keep going up and income is not going up I mean it just you can only do that for so long,” said Dustin.

Although they still do some birthday parties, interest in leagues, which give bowling alleys longevity, has declined.

"I worked here right out of high school and there used to be two shifts at night, 7 o’clock and 9 o’clock leagues and this place was packed and now that I work here the place is only half full at 7 o’clock,” Nicole said.

Dustin said another factor is there are so many options for entertainment nowadays.

“It's just it kind of comes down to kids are just as happy playing at home with their video games as they are going bowling,” he said.

"I think it's going to be a big hole in this community once it's gone I think it's something people are really going to miss once it's gone,” Nicole said.

Holiday Lanes’ last day in business will be Aug. 19.

It’s unclear what will be going in at that location, but according to Dustin, the new owner has said it won’t be a bowling alley. 


Alice Keefe

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