Plan That Would Have ‘Merged’ Centers Falls Apart

by Bob Johnson 0

A plan that would have moved one Denver area bowling center into another, which we reported on in February (, has fallen apart.

Just days before Elitch Lanes, which had been forced to close due to redevelopment in its neighborhood, was preparing to move into nearby Western Bowl and institute the Elitch name, Western proprietor Bruce Rahmani pulled the plug.

“We decided really there was no reason to change the name,” Rahmani told the Denver Post. “My customers would be unhappy if I did that.”

The 11th-hour change of heart forced Elitch Lanes owner Cal Eichinger to immediately begin a liquidation sale.

You can read the full Denver Post report, and view some of the items still available for sale, on the Elitch Lanes Facebook page:


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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