Skidmore to Close Historic Albuquerque Center in May

by Bob Johnson 0

Lomas Boulevard is one of the main east-west transportation arteries in Albuquerque, and long has been home to a pair of bowling centers right across the street from one another.

Since 2012, both centers have been owned by former PBA Tour player Gary Skidmore, and now go by the names of Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl (on the north side of the street) and SkidZ Family Entertainment Center (on the south side).

But once the 2014-15 league season comes to a close in May, Skidmore says he will shut down SkidZ. The property will be sold and reportedly used for a Kia automobile dealership.

Skidmore told KRQE News that he planned to shift as many employees as possible to Holiday Bowl, which hosted the 2008 Bowlers Journal Championships. He told the Albuquerque Business Journal, “It’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

The center opened in 1957 under the name Lomas Bowl.

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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