You Can’t Remodel Center Restrooms Too Often

by Bob Johnson 0

It’s no secret that one key to a bowling center’s ongoing success is the maintenance of clean restrooms for customers. Survey after survey has shown that businesses of all kinds often are judged by the cleanliness of their restrooms.

With that in mind, Chipper’s Lanes in Fort Collins, Colo., remodeled its restrooms last summer.

And now, the center is going to refurnish them again.

Only this time, it’s more of a necessity than a choice.

Just before 12 noon on Jan. 8, an 89-year-old woman drove her Cadillac sedan into the east wall of the bowling center, in the process taking out two restroom stalls and scattering debris across the floor. According to a report in the Coloradoan newspaper, no customers were hurt, and although she was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation, the driver also appeared unhurt.

And what about that beautiful, months-old restroom at Chipper’s?

“We’ll just have to remodel it again,” Manager Neal Davis told the Coloradoan.

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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