We've seen a couple of AMF centers close around here in the last few years. Most recently was a 48 lane center that had been there 40-50 years or more. Had started out as a Fairlanes center with half the house having duckpin lanes, converted to 100% tenpins, then sold to AMF. I'm sure they try to sell them individually after a package deal
doesn't fly, but the price drops dramatically after they choose to close them, so it's wise to wait until they close before buying them. We still don't have a shortage of centers in this area (6 civilian centers at last count, 5 of them are AMF centers), but if AMF decides to cut bait around here, we could be in trouble. The company that owned most of the centers around here has talked about buying a couple back from AMF, but it hasn't happened. I bowl at the one non-AMF civilian center in the area, and it's because the staff actually treats us well and appreciates the fact that we spend our money and time there.
Bowl all you can now- the future of bowling is not looking good for the small minority that is the scratch bowler.