One Colorado Center Is Moving Into Another

by Bob Johnson 0

Can the spirit of a long-established, successful bowling center be re-created within the four walls of a struggling center?

That question will be addressed later this year when 63-year-old Elitch Lanes in Denver, moves into Western Bowl in Arvada, Colo.

Elitch Lanes owner Cal Eichinger told the Denver Post that the building which houses Elitch Lanes has been sold and he is bring forced to vacate by mid-May, making way for a Natural Grocers store.

So, Eichinger and one of his managers will move some of Elitch Lanes’s property — including house balls, rental shoes, bar stools and “Big Lebowski” paintings — to Western Bowl and assume day-to-day operation of that center.

And while it’s expected that much of the Elitch Lanes customer base will follow, Eichinger will not be an owner at Western.

“That's about the best we can do,” Eichinger told the Post. “The dirt around here [in northwest Denver], it's so expensive.”

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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.

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