Wal-Mart in Greendale?

by Bob Johnson 0

Over the years, a number of larger bowling centers have been transformed into Wal-Mart or other “big box” stores.

So why not the former home of the United States Bowling Congress in Greendale, Wis.?

According to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel business writer Doris Hajewski, Wal-Mart is looking at that site for one of its stand-alone grocery sites, which typically range in size from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet.

In just the past month, the retail giant has opened larger traditional stores, with grocery sections, in the Milwaukee suburbs of Muskego and Waukesha. According to Hajewski, the company has been on “an aggressive expansion path” in that metropolitan area.

The United States Bowling Congress left the long-time home of its association predecessors — the American Bowling Congress, Women’s International Bowling Congress and Young American Bowling Alliance — to join the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America in developing and populating the new International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

The Greendale site has been empty ever since, and its value decreased sharply during the economic downturn.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.