Ounalashka Corporation Looks to Resurrect Bowling Alley
Thursday, August 01 2013
The Ounalashka Corporation is getting the ball rolling on reopening its bowling alley. OC put out a request for proposals this week, asking for individuals or businesses that might want to run the Fish-N-Bowl.
OC Operations manager Dave Gregory says it’s been closed for too long.
“It was open back in the late 80s and it was a pretty thriving little place for five or six years, and then something happened and the owner/operator just went out of business and left all the bowling equipment there.”
Aside from the occasional fundraiser, it hasn’t seen much use since then. Gregory says while there have been inquiries, no one has been willing to commit.
“One of the big challenges previously was there’s 7600 square feet of floor space in there, and at our current rates, that’s almost $8000 in a monthly lease rate. And a struggling small business trying to start up just couldn't do that. So in this new RFP, we’re not going to have a fixed lease amount.”
Instead, OC is asking for a share of the profits, in addition to utilities and property taxes. The new tenant would also be responsible for covering insurance, and making any necessary repairs. But Gregory says as far as a business plan, OC is open to creative solutions-- so long as they involve bowling.
“We’ve had some inquiries about people coming in and getting the liquor license, and just running the lounge, and that’s not what we want. We want to make sure that that bowling center is open, for folks to use.”
The timeframe for submitting proposals is now through August 20.