Iconic Wisconsin Bowling Center Owner Dies at 94

August 20th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

One of Wisconsin’s iconic bowling center owners, Arthur “Stir” Wagner, passed away on Aug. 14 after battling leukemia. He was 94. With his brothers, Wagner founded Wagner’s Lanes in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1949. After a fire in 1977, the family rebuilt the center and expanded it to 66-and-a-half lanes. Wagner, who was still an […]

Patriot Place Now Home to Newest Splitsville

August 20th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It will be almost impossible to miss Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a new addition to Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass., adjacent to Gillette Stadium. Towering over the 20,000-sq.-ft., 12-lane bowling lounge is a 38-ft.-tall bowling pin that will change colors depending on what’s going on — green on St. Patrick’s Day, pink during Breast Cancer Awareness […]

DeSocios Among Investors in New Kansas Center

August 20th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

There has been no bowling in the Kansas community of Hutchinson since Countryside Lanes closed its doors at the end of 2011. But according to The Hutchinson News, that will change in about nine months now that ground has been broken on a new tenpin facility to be called The Alley of Hutchinson. Plans call […]

Bowlmor AMF CEO Tom Shannon Addresses League Bowling

August 11th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

News of the Brunswick Corporation’s sale of its retail bowling business to Bowlmor AMF, a $270 million deal announced July 17 and reported here, prompted concerns that the transaction might pound another nail in league bowling’s coffin. Bowlmor AMF is known for its focus on recreational bowling and the trendy entertainment center concept. But Tom […]

Blunt Talk From New Owner of Brunswick Centers

August 6th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Those wanting a glimpse of the personality behind the blockbuster sale of Brunswick’s retail bowling centers to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, a deal Brunswick announced on July 17, will want to read some of the straight talk recently served up by Bowlmor AMF CEO, Tom Shannon, during his recent, in-person interview with Bowlers Journal […]

BJI Interview with Bowlmor AMF CEO Sheds Revealing Light on Brunswick Sale

August 2nd, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

In a recent interview with Bowlmor CEO Tom Shannon regarding his company’s blockbuster purchase of the Brunswick Corporation’s retail bowling business, Shannon shed some revealing light on his plans for Brunswick centers. Asked if the merger will necessitate closures of some of the Brunswick locations Bowlmor AMF now owns, Shannon said “No. In fact, we don’’t […]

Original Bowlmor Location Loses Its Lease

July 30th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Condos will replace cocktails on the site of Bowlmor Lanes in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village. The center — the first to be purchased by Tom Shannon of today’s Bowlmor AMF — closed on July 7 after the building’s landlord opted not to renew the lease. Dismantling of the lanes began shortly after […]

Intriguing Revelations in CBS Money Watch Report on Brunswick Sale

July 30th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

CBS Money Watch recently produced a report on the blockbuster $270 million sale of Brunswick’s retail bowling business to Bowlmor AMF, which Bowlers Journal reported on here. They spoke with Brunswick CEO, Dustan McCoy, as well as Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America President, Tom Martino, Professional Bowlers Association star, Jason Belmonte, and Storm Bowling’s Director […]

QubicaAMF on Brunswick deal: “Bowling is our Only Focus and Business is Sound”

July 25th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Bowling products manufacturer, QubicaAMF, has addressed the sale of Brunswick’s retail bowling business to Bowlmor AMF with the following statement:  As result of the announcement by Brunswick Corporation on July 17, 2014, that it plans to divest its Bowling Products business by the end of the year, QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the leading manufacturer and marketer […]

Perrier: It’s ‘Business as Usual’ for Brunswick Bowling Products

July 24th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Brent Perrier, President of Brunswick Bowling Products, has just issued what is, in essence, an open letter to the bowling industry, seeking to clarify his company’s position in the wake of the sale of its bowling center division to Bowlmor AMF. Here is the text of the letter: – – – – – Dear Brunswick […]

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