Crews are putting the finishing touches on the new Lloyd Lanes 5/10 pin bowling alley located at 6822-56 St. in the Hill Industrial Park. The 12-lane bowling facility is expected to have a soft opening by the end of February, with a commercial kitchen and two large party rooms. A spring league will start up from the April to June. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Lloyd Lanes, the city’s new bowling alley, is looking at a late February opening day with plenty of time to spare before spring leagues start up.
That’s the word from Jody MacDonald, the manager of the 12-lane facility for convertible 5/10 pin bowling with the space leased by her and her husband Rob, who own the business.
“It’s been a lot of little things, but we’re pulling it together—it’s been really exciting to do it,” she said about the construction spearheaded by Craftex Builders, the general contractor.
MacDonald expects the structure located at 6822-56 Street in the Hill Industrial Park will be completed by Feb. 1, but there’s a wait for back-ordered parts for lane pin conversion.
“They’re going to install the lanes the last week of January and it’s only going to be 5-pin for the first few weeks that we open in the mid to third week of February,” said MacDonald.
“When those parts come in they will change them right away into conversion lanes so they can do 5 and 10 pin.”
MacDonald expects to run a spring league this year from April to June with open bowling for the first month or so to get things rolling.
She also has no date in mind for a grand opening for the short term.
“We’re going to do a soft opening and get staff trained up and what not, then come fall is when we will really hit the full year of leagues,” explained MacDonald.
A mix of 10 students and adults have been hired for the startup of Lloyd Lanes that has posted tentative business hours on its new website with a business phone number to follow.
The facility includes two large party rooms in the upper mezzanine for birthdays and team building functions, and a commercial kitchen on the ground floor.
“So we are hoping we can start doing lunch specials for the industrial area in that part because there really isn’t anything up there,” said MacDonald, with take-out food to be available.
The kitchen is equipped with a deep fryer, a grill and a broiler, with seating at 18 tables with a view of the lanes.
MacDonald has already been getting tons of inquiries for parties and group bookings that will generate extra revenue.
One of the party rooms is 528 square feet and the other is 800 sq. ft. with access to two washrooms.
“I am hoping between the party rooms and the food, it will hopefully generate a lot,” said Macdonald, who will also offer glow bowling.
MacDonald left her job in November as an education assistant at E.S. Laird Middle School to focus her attention on managing the business full time.
“It was getting pretty busy trying to balance it all,” she explained.
“I’m going to be manager and everything—just do whatever has got to be done—I’ll be there everyday.”
Lloyd Lanes will be the only bowling alley in Lloydminster for youth, adult, senior and charity bowling following the closure of Border Bowl in May 2015.
A previous bid to build an alley by a former manager of Border Bowl folded due to lack of financing and a suitable location.
The arrival of Lloyd Lanes opens the door for Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) Lloydminster to resume their annual Bowl for Kids fundraiser with real bowling.
For the past two years, the charity held an indoor bowling fundraiser at Jack Kemp Community School, but Bowl for Kids is pre-booked at Lloyd Lanes on April 13.
“It will be a learning curve for sure for all of us,” said MacDonald.
Brenda Robinson, executive director of BBBS, expects to firm up their venue plans soon with the construction of Lloyd Lanes on schedule.
“When we talked to them before Christmas— we had an agreement that we would phone them later in January to find out for sure what their target is,” said Robinson referring to the opening.
She said they are in discussions with Lloyd Lanes and called the construction of the bowling alley and exciting project for the whole community.
MacDonald has high praise for Craftex for setting a construction deadline and keeping with it.
“They were awesome; I couldn’t rave about them more,” she said.