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Holiday Lanes bowling alley closes: 'It's gonna be a big void here in Albert Lea'

Holiday Lanes is a family-owned business that's been around since 1990. The general manager tells KIMT declining participation made it harder for them to stay open.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 9:14 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 7:04 AM

ALBERT LEA , Minn. – A family-owned bowling alley that’s been around since 1990 is closing its doors at the end of August.

Holiday Lanes, located in Albert Lea, offers family fun and entertainment. Declining participation made it harder for them to stay open.

“We're not happy we had to do it,” Dustin Barr, the general manager, said, “but you know in the end it's something that had to be done and it was definitely a hard decision to make.”

Barr tried everything from lowering prices to dollar bowling nights, but ended up having to sell.

Nicole Mayer works at the bowling alley and has seen how hard it’s been.

“It's been a struggle to get people through the doors,” Mayer said.

Bowling has always been around for Mayer.

“My parents were bowlers, Mayer said, “I’ve grown up around bowling. Since I was young I remember always being in a bowling alley, so it's definitely in my DNA.”

At the end of August, bowling will no longer be an option in Albert Lea.

“I think there's so many different entertainment options at people's houses than there used to be 10-15 years ago, “ Barr said, “kids with the Playstations, the smart phones.”

Holiday Lanes is offering two more weekends for people to bowl: Thursday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18.

“I think it's one of those things that they don't know how much they're gonna miss it until it's gone,” Mayer said. “It's just been a great place to be, and it's just a great place to hang out and have fun with your family and just make those memories. It's gonna be a big void here in Albert Lea.”

Barr said the people who bought the building will not keep it as a bowling alley.

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