Secrecy surrounds bowling lanes

By Geoff Lee

March 23, 2017 12:00 AM

A couple of unknown entrepreneurs are leading a bid to fast-lane the construction of a new bowling alley in Lloydminster in 2017.
A proposal to start construction in late spring on a 12-lane convertible five and 10 pin alley dubbed Lloyd Lanes is posted on Facebook.
“Just awaiting on a few final details and Lloydminster will be getting 12-5/10 conversion lanes,” said Lloyd Lanes.
The social media post explained that with a flip of a switch you can either do five pin or 10 pin bowling.
The alley would be located in the north industrial park..
“We are awaiting on a few details and want to wait till we have more firmed up dates,” said a proponent in an e-mail to the Source.
The people behind the project wish to remain anonymous for the time being.
“We both still have jobs and have yet to sort all that out as there are months of construction left and need our jobs during this time,” explained one of the persons involved.
“Later on, once we talk to our employers, we definitely will, but for now we will update the page as things progress so everyone can be a part of the process.”
If the project goes ahead, it will fill a void for bowling that’s existed since Border Bowl closed its doors in mid 2015.
Shelly Vallier, a former employee at Border Bowl abandoned her bid to raise money for a new alley herself last August due to tight money and a lack of a suitable location.
When contacted about Lloyd Lanes, Vallier had not heard of it, but welcomed the news.
“I think it’s great; anybody who can open up a bowling in Lloyd, I think is a great idea,” she said.
Vallier previously estimated it would cost about $2.5 million to build a 12-lane alley from scratch.
The sooner the better she says for user groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster that raised a big chunk of money each year during Bowl for Kid’s Sake at Border Bowl.
“Our seniors as well, for some of them that was there only form of activity,” said Vallier.
“I’d say it was a good thing regardless of who does it.”

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