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|By Jennifer Hughey - Editor | March 24, 2016|
Fast Lane Bowling in Minden is under new management, and Mary Douglas already has a vision.
Douglas purchased the business from previous owners Sheila and Gordon Pitcher on Feb. 29. The Pitchers had bought the business back in March 2013.
“I bowled many, many years ago on a league and had fun,” Douglas said.
Douglas bought the bowling alley because she thought it would allow for year-round income in an area where seasonal employment is the norm – but she also said it’s just a really fun place to be.
“I just went in one day because I saw the sign, and I heard it was for sale,” she said, adding she and Sheila just started talking and the rest, as they say, is history. The business had been for sale for nearly a year when Douglas decided to venture in.
Sheila said she decided to sell the business due to health concerns.
She also wanted to spend more time with family, she said. When asked about some of her fondest memories, Sheila said there are too many to mention.
Douglas said Fast Lane is keeping her quite busy and is pleased with the purchase so far.
“March Break [was] amazing,” she said, and added, “it’s starting to get out there that we are open.”
Douglas is planning to make some changes in preparation for the summer months, once the weekly league play has wrapped up in April. She has plans to offer a summer membership for $125, allowing members to bowl anytime during June, July and August.
“And in May, I’ll have Toonie Tuesday’s, which is $2 per person, and $2 per hour for shoes,” she said.
Douglas plans to make some cosmetic changes in the future, but for now, she has decided to keep the bowling alley as is, because why change a good thing?
“We do have set hours now, so there is no need to call ahead to see if we are open,” she said.
Fast Lane Bowling is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday noon until 5 p.m.
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JENNIFER HUGHEY is the editor for The Highlander.