Thursday, July 12, 2012
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AMF Bowl-A-Rama Lanes has been purchased by Bob Brooks, long-time owner of the building housing the facility. For undisclosed reasons, AMF had decided to leave the Albany area when its lease expired. Brooks, an avid bowler, said the business had been doing fine financially and he believes Albany families need places to bowl.
ALBANY, Ga. — Despite the notice of its closure taped to the doors, area families and bowling enthusiasts should be able resume their fun at AMF Bowl-A-Rama within a few days.
Businessman Bob Brooks, owner of the property at 1200 W. Broad Ave., is purchasing the business, he said, and expects to have the facility ready for bowlers by early next week. While Brooks’ purchase is finalized, the business is closed for inventory and general cleaning.
Brooks said it was “a total surprise” Tuesday when he learned the Bowl-A-Rama lease would not be renewed. Although corporate officials declined to give a reason for the planned closure, Brooks believes it may be due to the nationwide trend of building larger facilities with more lanes.
“The business was doing very well with 24 lanes,” Brooks said, “but in many places they’re building them with 48 lanes.”
According to Brooks, he and his family are avid bowlers and he didn’t hesitate to make a deal for what he called a “great business” and America’s No. 1 family sport.
Brooks will assume management of Bowl-A-Rama, at least in the short term, he said. Some employees of the business are being laid off, while others are retained, he said.