Former Chain Operator Dick Richards Dies

October 4th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Dick Richards, owner of the former Red Carpet chain of bowling centers that dominated the Milwaukee bowling marketplace during the 1970s and into the ’80s, has died. Richards was a strong promoter in the pre-social media era, as Red Carpet billboards could be viewed throughout Beer City, particularly at league sign-up team. Under Richards’ leadership, […]

Done Deal: Bowlmor AMF Completes Brunswick Center Acquisition

September 24th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It’s a done deal. On July 17, Bowlmor AMF announced its intent to acquire the 85 Brunswick-owned bowling centers in North America. Last week, that deal was completed. Here is the text of the announcement released on PR Newswire: – – – – – – – – – - NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ […]

BowlmorAMF CEO Tom Shannon: The Complete BJI Interview

August 27th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

BowlmorAMF CEO Tom Shannon: The Complete BJI Interview

Bowlers Journal caught up with Tom Shannon, CEO of Bowlmor AMF, shortly after the July 17 announcement that his company had purchased the Brunswick Corporation’s retail bowling business for $270 million. The interview, conducted July 29 at Shannon’s New York City office, covers a broad range of topics and features lots of straight-talk about how […]

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 […]

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