Historic Chicago Center Destroyed in Fire

August 31st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

“We lost Chicago’s oldest bowling alley early this morning.” That’s how Bowlers Journal “Time Capsule” columnist and resident historian Dr. Jake Schmidt began his post on Facebook this morning. It sounded like an obituary and, given the center’s history, it probably should be treated as such. “Lincoln Square Recreation opened in 1918 on the second […]

Smithfield Foods Named ‘Official Elite Title’ Sponsor of PWBA Tour

August 28th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Smithfield Foods will sponsor the final event of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association season, the PWBA Tour Championship, set to take place in September with the finals on national television. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship promoted by will bring together the top 16 bowlers from the 2015 PWBA Tour season, including the winner of […]

Ebonite Announces Alliance With Jayhawk

August 26th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Ebonite International has announced an alliance with Jayhawk Bowling Supply to manufacture, market and sell Ebonite’s PowerHouse brand of pro shop heavy equipment — mills, drills, cabinet spinners, resurfacing machines, etc. With this partnership, Jayhawk will assume technical assistance for all existing PowerHouse heavy equipment products, and has the rights to use the PowerHouse name […]

Chauvard to Head French Office and Territories for QubicaAMF

August 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

QubicaAMF Worldwide has announced that Christophe Chauvard has been promoted to General Manager for the company’s French office and territories including France, the French-speaking areas of Switzerland and all French-speaking African countries. Chauvard is responsible for leading the local marketing and sales force, ensuring quality service to customers in this region, and representing QubicaAMF in […]

A Bowling Monopoly Possible in the U.K.?

August 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Britain’s Competition & Markets Authority is looking into The Original Bowling Company’s plans to acquire the Bowlplex chain. “Bowling is a popular and growing leisure activity in the U.K. enjoyed by many families and individuals. This merger brings together two of the largest national chains in the sector,” said Sheldon Mills, CMA Senior Director of […]

Main Event Is Heading East With 4 New Centers

August 12th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment will bring its “Eat. Bowl. Play.” experience to four new states east of its Texas headquarters. The company has selected sites for Main Event centers in Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; West Chester, Ohio; and Independence, Mo. All four centers are slated to open by summer 2016. “Main Event is growing at […]

Ace Mitchell Acquires BSC and Colonial Bowling Supply

August 7th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Ace Mitchell Bowlers Mart has acquired Bowling Supply Company and Colonial Bowling Supply, continuing the trend of industry consolidation in general and among bowling product distribution companies in particular. In an announcement sent to customers, BSC and Colonial noted that the combined companies will be able to “provide one- to two-day service to about 38 […]

Bloomington, Ill., Is Closed by Bowlmor AMF

July 31st, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

AMF Circle Lanes in Bloomington, Ill., was closed down by Bowlmor AMF on Sunday. The center was built in 1959 with 32 lanes, and another pair was added in 1983. Nearby Pheasant Lanes is expected to absorb many of Circle Lanes’s league bowlers. Read more here:

Davis Bowling Supply’s Linda Davis Dies

July 24th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Linda Davis is being remembered today as a pioneer in the bowling business, a unique thinker and a long-time supporter of the game. Davis died from an apparent heart attack Thursday night. “I’ve known Linda since she owned Cal Nike (then named Cal Bowling Supply and then Davis Bowling Supply), and also bowled league in […]

Young Burglars Strike New Zealand Center

July 20th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Hastings is the “big city” in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island. Northwest of the city’s core, the suburb of Flaxmere was built to help ease the housing demand in Hastings, and was envisioned as an upper-middle class area. But those plans went awry when developers decided to build smaller dwellings on […]

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