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 Mergers.
“In six local areas, where the companies’ bowling centers are competing closely, we are concerned that after the merger there will be insufficient competition from other bowling operators in the area to prevent higher prices or lower service levels. We therefore propose to refer the merger for an in-depth investigation unless TOBC offers a clear-cut remedy to address our competition concerns.”