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my center is reopening June 1st, any word on yours yet?
« on: April 21, 2020, 08:28:08 AM »
Just got an email from my leaague that our center is reopening June 1st. WE need to vote on weather to finish out the season or just call it a day and do payouts as is. How about your bowling center? Have they set a reopening date yet?
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Re: my center is reopening June 1st, any word on yours yet?
« Reply #91 on: June 04, 2020, 11:01:09 AM »
The centers around me are starting to open.  Our summer league started this week.  It will go for 10 weeks.

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« Reply #92 on: July 31, 2020, 03:20:18 PM »

The Bay area just lost one of their biggest alleys, in terms of being a family-owned business, and was one of the biggest alleys for youth bowling.

https://www.ktvu.com/news/fremont-family-owned-bowling-alley-closes-for-good

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Fremont family-owned bowling alley closes for good
By Azenith Smith Published
14 hours ago

FREMONT, Calif. - A fixture in Fremont for five decades is closing for good. Cloverleaf bowling alley is the latest iconic business to fall victim to the pandemic.

“Obviously been here your whole life,” said Owner Mike Hillman. “It’s rather difficult to be going through this right now.”

Family owned for 57 years, Mike Hillman’s grandparents bought Cloverleaf bowling alley. More than a bowling center in Fremont, it’s become a haven for senior leagues, teens and the community.

The owners fought hard when developers tried to tear it down two years ago to make way for housing. With three years left on its lease, Covid is a fight they can't win.

“You still have rent, you have utilities, bills to pay,” said Hillman.

Lanes have been silent since March 15. It’s been 20 weeks without income and the future is too uncertain.

“There’s never been a date where bowling centers will be able to circle on a calendar and be able to open up,” said Hillman. “It’s just wait and see, wait and see and try to find out what phase we are on.”

Experts said institutions going away could have long-term implications.

“I fear we are not only going to lose venerable old intuitions like skating rinks, like bowling alleys but new businesses trying to open up aren’t simply going to make it because they don't have the runway to create the clientele,” said Colleen Haight, who chairs the Economics Department at San Jose State.

“It is possible that all indoor activities where people gather are in jeopardy,” said Mike Leong who owns Bel Mateo Bowl.

Bel Mateo Bowl has been open for 63 years. Leong is devastated about Cloverleaf.

“Cloverleaf has probably been the model of every bowling center in the country,” said Leong.

Leong worries about his business and invested $35,000 to make it safe.

“We did what we feel everything the CDC suggested,” said Leong.

He’s frustrated that County Health is quick to shut the industry down without visiting. At the business, thermal cameras check patrons’ temperature, partitions sit between bowling lanes, touchless restroom doors, an air conditioner purifier, and gloves for bowling balls.

“I was hoping and praying the center would be able to survive these last wrenching five months and open its doors,” said Hillman.

Hillman read a card left at the front door on Thursday. He said he will miss the people the most.

“It’s going to be a big hit for the schools, our special needs, and the families of Fremont,” said Hillman. “It’s going to hit them pretty hard.”

Most bowling centers are family operated. Cloverleaf used the PPP loan they received for payroll. Hillman believes the government needs to do more to help businesses, the industry, survive.

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« Reply #93 on: July 31, 2020, 03:30:24 PM »
I think Cloverleaf has been in financial trouble for a while now.

A couple of years ago, a section of the ceiling collapsed and it took over a year to get it repaired if I remember correctly. The rest of the building was safe, so bowling still went on around the collapsed area.

The Hillman family are bowling royalty in No Cal, so it's sad to lose such good proprietors.
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« Reply #94 on: July 31, 2020, 04:29:54 PM »
i live in Washington state and some centers had been re-opening.  all 3 in my immediate vicinity had re-opened.  some even resuming winter leagues.

This week bowling alleys were among the businesses shut down again and not allowed to open until what we are calling phase 4.  some counties were in phase 3 of re-opening and are going backwards.

I have to start worrying that they wont be open for fall leagues starting in September as is the normal.

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« Reply #95 on: July 31, 2020, 07:50:38 PM »
i live in Washington state and some centers had been re-opening.  all 3 in my immediate vicinity had re-opened.  some even resuming winter leagues.

This week bowling alleys were among the businesses shut down again and not allowed to open until what we are calling phase 4.  some counties were in phase 3 of re-opening and are going backwards.

I have to start worrying that they wont be open for fall leagues starting in September as is the normal.
I'm in Washington too, bowling mainly at Kenmore.  I don't see things improving enough to allow Fall leagues to start in September.   Maybe a delayed start and a shortened season if a vaccine comes out in the fall.  Too many younger people here not wearing masks along with older hoax believers too, and the state numbers are getting worse.  That being said, I'm still bowling once a week wearing my mask, driving 40 miles to a Tribal casino that also has decent bowling lanes.

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« Reply #96 on: July 31, 2020, 08:47:46 PM »
I think Cloverleaf has been in financial trouble for a while now.

A couple of years ago, a section of the ceiling collapsed and it took over a year to get it repaired if I remember correctly. The rest of the building was safe, so bowling still went on around the collapsed area.

The Hillman family are bowling royalty in No Cal, so it's sad to lose such good proprietors.

They were. They were going to lose their lease, but were able to work it out, and that is despite the people there trying to petition the state to add it to the registry of historical locations and buildings. They were able to work through it, but COVID really killed that place, especially as it was a safe space for kids so they wouldn't be out on the streets after school.

I'm not sure what's even left over there now, outside of the house in Santa Rosa, Pinole Alley, and 4th Street Bowl (The House that Reyes built).

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« Reply #97 on: July 31, 2020, 09:12:18 PM »
4 houses in Spokane and none have been open yet
  Doesnt look good till possibly November

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« Reply #98 on: July 31, 2020, 11:08:18 PM »
I think Cloverleaf has been in financial trouble for a while now.

A couple of years ago, a section of the ceiling collapsed and it took over a year to get it repaired if I remember correctly. The rest of the building was safe, so bowling still went on around the collapsed area.

The Hillman family are bowling royalty in No Cal, so it's sad to lose such good proprietors.

They were. They were going to lose their lease, but were able to work it out, and that is despite the people there trying to petition the state to add it to the registry of historical locations and buildings. They were able to work through it, but COVID really killed that place, especially as it was a safe space for kids so they wouldn't be out on the streets after school.

I'm not sure what's even left over there now, outside of the house in Santa Rosa, Pinole Alley, and 4th Street Bowl (The House that Reyes built).

BL.

I think Cloverleaf has been in financial trouble for a while now.

A couple of years ago, a section of the ceiling collapsed and it took over a year to get it repaired if I remember correctly. The rest of the building was safe, so bowling still went on around the collapsed area.

The Hillman family are bowling royalty in No Cal, so it's sad to lose such good proprietors.

They were. They were going to lose their lease, but were able to work it out, and that is despite the people there trying to petition the state to add it to the registry of historical locations and buildings. They were able to work through it, but COVID really killed that place, especially as it was a safe space for kids so they wouldn't be out on the streets after school.

I'm not sure what's even left over there now, outside of the house in Santa Rosa, Pinole Alley, and 4th Street Bowl (The House that Reyes built).

BL.


There are a few houses left in the area. Manor in San Leandro, Bel Mateo in San Mateo, EA Dublin in Dublin, Granada in Livermore, Danville bowl, Castro Village in Castro Valley etc. All the ones I listed are close enough for their bowlers to still bowl leagues.
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