Updated: June 21, 2022 05:41 PM
Created: June 21, 2022 03:24 PM
Scott Carlson gets emotional when he thinks about all of the people he's become friends with over the years. So it's bittersweet for him to be closing up Country Lanes, which his father built in 1976.
"It's always been a family business to us. It's been great to get to know families that come here. I've seen little kids grow up, from junior bowling," he explained.
Soon, the building will be torn down. And a Planet Fitness will be built in its place.
"I've been working on this deal since October," Carlson explained. He said now it's time to relax a bit, after the pandemic really put the crunch on them.
"The best thing about the pandemic was that all my customers donated their prize money to me, and it kept us going for quite a few months. That was so appreciated. Without them, we wouldn't be here right now," Carlson said.
Someone who spent so much time here bowling and coaching is Jeyn Monkman. Country will always have a special place in her heart. "I came down to take pictures, since I met my husband at Lane 7 on a blind date,' she shared. "I was hoping to run into Scott, which I did."
Fred Crandall is a longtime bowler, who was cleaning out his locker on Tuesday. He's sad about the closure. "Just the camaraderie and friendship, and all of the new people I've met, and the other people I've stayed in touch with."
Carlson is hosting free bowling from 4-8pm on Tuesday, the final day they'll be open. "It'll be time to reminesce and have a little fun."
People who signed up for volleyball and bean bag leagues knew the closure was a possibility, and will be picking up their refunds.
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