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#179265 - 06/24/13 12:37 AM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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#179295 - 06/24/13 01:14 PM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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I am a little lucky in the fact that I have five centers within 20 minutes of my house and I have yet to have any close since I started bowling.

We did have two centers close but that was in 2004 after Florida was hit with the four Hurricanes in like a month span and it destroyed one of them and left the other flooded and pretty much useless.

Two of my local centers are AMF centers that are family owned, one center is Brunswick Corp owned and the other is on Patrick AFB and run by the Air Force (civilians can get passes to bowl on base).
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#179315 - 06/25/13 12:18 AM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: sk8shorty01]
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SK8, I bowled my highest game at Patrick AFB in some tournament when I was stationed down there in the early 70's, 265. I think I started with nine strikes. I finished 3rd. Bowled in Satellite Beach and on the Causeway in Cape Canaveral, too, as I recall. I was in the Navy down there for about five and half years... smile

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#179316 - 06/25/13 12:26 AM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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Here in the north Dallas area the 'boutique' bowling centers are popping up (as are boutique golf/driving ranges.) I pretty much stay away from them... I can't afford $8/game to bowl anywhere, and if they aren't taking care of the lanes, what's the use?

I don't really see any new 'real' bowling alleys being built... probably ever, so we are really stuck with older venues very often in a not-so-nice part of town. frown
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#179352 - 06/26/13 01:43 PM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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@djp,

Patrick AFB lanes are still going strong, Satellite Beach Lanes were destroyed in the hurricanes we had in '04 and the Cape Canaveral bowling center has not been in existence for quite a while, I actually don't ever remember a center there so it could have been gone before I was old enough to remember.
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#179354 - 06/26/13 03:20 PM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: sk8shorty01]
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I just remember it was just off A1A on the right hand side if driving West. Bowled there for a couple of years. Bowled in the Air Force / Navy league at Patrick and a mixed league in the evening. You brought back some memories for me... laugh

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#179960 - 08/05/13 09:15 AM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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Last week, the manager at the non-AMF lanes at which I bowl said that Bowlmor was axing all the morning leagues at one AMF house, and going to not even open that house until 4pm on weekdays.
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#180040 - 08/08/13 08:39 PM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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Our AMF Mardi Gras Lanes has 50 lanes, they are full every night, every lane until after 9pm. They are not changing but their lineage went up and I hear their pitchers of beer went up to $14.50.

One of our other AMF centers went though an employee change. All new staff.

Our third AMF center I have not heard any news.

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#180041 - 08/08/13 09:42 PM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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We had 1 AMF center close in May. And, a Brunswick House hired the other AMF Center Manager away. He bowled at that Brunswick House anyway.
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#180072 - 08/10/13 08:58 AM Re: what will become of AMF [Re: Atochabsh]
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Just joined up here to let everyone know to BEWARE OF BOWLMOR! They drew first blood on Thursday 8/8. They informed all league secretaries that they would not be honoring our league contracts and tossed us all out! This was at AMF Rip Van Winkle lanes in Norwalk CT. They also did the same to White Planes Bowl in Westchester County NY. The closest house for us as an alternative is almost an hour ride away in rush hour traffic. I bowl there already so I'm used to schlepping around but I bet more than half the league bowlers they just displaced will never bowl in league again because of this. This is bad people - bad business and most importantly bad for our game in general.

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