Owner Hopes to Relocate Rochester Center in April 2016

by Bob Johnson 0

These days, bowling centers often are shut down without a moment’s notice, angering the long-established clientele and sometimes even surprising the center manager.

That will not be the case at Clover Lanes in Rochester N.Y., however. According to a report in the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, the 50-lane center will have one more season at its home of nearly 60 years, at which point it will make way for “a luxury retail center.”

Proprietor Dan Morgenstern said he hopes to move the lanes to another location and basically relocate the center, which still has a strong league business base.

"When this was built in 1957, we were in the middle of nowhere,” Morgenstern told the Democrat & Chronicle. “Now we're on one of the most significant properties in Rochester. Unfortunately, if we're going to survive as bowling in general, we have to survive on the outskirts."

The closing of the existing Clover Lanes is earmarked for April 2016, allowing for another full league season, as well as a full high school bowling season for nearby Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women.

Morgenstern added that simply closing down is an option, but one that he would prefer to avoid.

"Closing is on the table if we can't find the right place,” he said. “But my first priority is to retain the lanes and our customers.”

You can read the full Democrat & Chronicle story here: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/02/20/clover-lanes-move-speaks-new-era-local-bowling/23751607/

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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