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Every year in the Detroit area, we are two or three centers are closing up.  I have to believe many others were hanging on by a thread financially.  If this shutdown is prolonged, how many centers (and other small businesses for that matter) can survive this?

Also, each year the USBC membership numbers are dropping, etc.  Some dislike resin, two handers, house shots, sports shots, etc.  Seems like bowlers always complain about something.  

Will this be the last straw for many just to walk away because of the virus or no other place to bowl?

What are your concerns?
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I'm not going to name any centers. We all know how that can backfire, but I definitely see some not making it through this.  
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We only have 7 centers here I can think of. Four are Strike
and Spare Centers,Two family owned,and the best one I'm
not sure who owns it. I'd worry more about the family owned
centers. Forty years ago every neighborhood had their own
bowling lanes.

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All bowling centres here in the UK has been told to shut for 3 weeks and then there will be a review. I wonder how many owners will use it as an excuse not to reopen and sell the land to developers for another use.
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We have two bowling centers where I live. I can't say about one, but I believe the other will survive because it's my belief that it's been mostly used as a tax write-off in the past anyway. Shutting it down probably isn't costing them much money.
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I fear in the Detroit area, there will be a number of centers that won't be able to survive this. Same with a lot of independent restaurants and other businesses.
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The question is whether centers have insurance against closures due to things like the virus and whether the insurance company will pay off if they do. 

Locally one 48-lane AMF center (AMF Gates Lanes) is converting back to an independent center...the guy that runs the pro shop there and a partner are taking the lease over on June 1st if I'm not mistaken.  I can't imagine how they'll cope if they now "own" a big bowling center that's not allowed to have any customers.

My center (Parkview) was just recently sold...I think the new owners take over on May 1st.  They're closing it over the summer for renovations but the new owner also owns the restaurant immediately next door so they've taken a hit there as well.  Not sure what's going to happen, but I'm sure all of our bowlers would rally to the center's aid if needed.  IMHO the more "family-like" a center is, the more likely the bowlers will feel a connection to the place and try to save it. 
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We only have 7 centers here I can think of. Four are Strike
and Spare Centers,Two family owned,and the best one I'm
not sure who owns it. I'd worry more about the family owned
centers. Forty years ago every neighborhood had their own
bowling lanes.


Hey Dare, I too am worried about the two family owned centers.  Our league at one has been suspended and I'm not really certain the league or the Seniors will survive this shut down.  I wish there were some way to check on them.

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Hey Dare, I too am worried about the two family owned centers.  Our league at one has been suspended and I'm not really certain the league or the Seniors will survive this shut down.  I wish there were some way to check on them.



The Carter family has been in business a long time. I would
think they'll make it through it. If it doesn't go on too long.

Of all the centers Fern Valley Strike and Spares just put in
new lanes and monitors. Everything else needs updating
badly,seems like no one cares there.

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With the bowling alleys being closed it may be hard to get
the league money their holding. Everywhere included

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I had that thought the other day as well. Hopefully, this crisis is short lived and we can somehow collect our prize money.
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With the bowling alleys being closed it may be hard to get
the league money their holding. Everywhere included
  I for one would gladly give them the money if it meant they can stay open after this gets done with.

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  I for one would gladly give them the money if it meant they can stay open after this gets done with.
 



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I had that thought the other day as well. Hopefully, this crisis is short lived and we can somehow collect our prize money.


Something to be said for a league handling its own money...I'll probably be sending out the prize fund checks for my league in the next week or two.


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Not only is it surviving the pandemic, I'd say it is thriving.

In several bowling groups that I'm a member of on Facebook, people left and right are posting pictures and videos of themselves and their kids with makeshift bowling lanes they've built in their back yards, on their driveways, on their sidewalks, in their grass, indoors in their living rooms and basements.  There is so much pent-up energy that when the "All Clear" signal is given (assuming our idiot president doesn't give it prematurely causing millions to venture out before it's safe and all get infected), when things do finally settle down for real, bowling centers (whichever ones are left) are going to be going gangbusters.

I'm also detecting a strong undercurrent of support for local businesses, be they bars and restaurants or clothing stores or yes, even, bowling alleys.  I think once it's safe to go back in the water, so to speak, people will be looking for ways to support local establishments.

Really, I'm not that concerned about the long-term economic effects of this pandemic.  I'm more concerned about whether I'm going to live through it.


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