Duckpin Alley for sale again
The Shenandoah Valley-Herald
MOUNT JACKSON — Less than a year after taking ownership, two Luray residents are selling Virginia’s oldest duckpin bowling alley.
Shannon Freeze, 33, who co-owns Shenandoah Bowling Lanes in Mount Jackson with Jane Rosser, 45, announced Tuesday that they are selling the alley due to health issues stemming from a heart attack Freeze suffered last year.
“My stress levels are through the roof and my vitals are still high for a chance of another heart attack,” Freeze said via email.
A Craigslist ad for the alley appeared online on Tuesday evening. Freeze said he and Rosser are selling the alley and everything in it, including furniture and kitchen appliances, for $10,000.
“Whoever takes over only has to unlock the door and turn on the lights,” Freeze said.
The amount matches the alley’s June asking price when the pair bought it from former owner Scott Asbell. Asbell bought the alley from Randy and Jeannette Gibson for $25,000 in 2013.
The alley is open four days a week, with mixed-league bowling on Thursdays and open bowling Fridays through Sundays. Freeze said the alley will continue operating on its normal schedule until new ownership takes over.
Freeze said 50 to 100 people participate in the alley’s two bowling leagues, with more coming in for open bowling and birthday parties on weekends.
The alley opened in 1948 and features six one-piece maple lanes and a manual pinsetter that was installed in 1958.
Freeze said knowledge of the alley’s equipment will be a must for anyone interested in buying it.
“We’re looking for someone who is financially sound and mechanically inclined to keep the machines in good running shape,” he said.
Freeze said he hopes to have the alley sold as soon as possible, but that he and Rosser are willing to help new owners with machine maintenance and event scheduling “through the first parts of their journey.”
Freeze expressed remorse at having to give up the alley but said owning it has been a rewarding experience.
“Operating a business is very demanding and stressful,” he said. “I definitely have a great appreciation for small business owners.”
Shenandoah Bowling Lanes is at 5904 Main Street in Mount Jackson. To view the alley’s listing, visit http://harrisonburg.craigslist.org and search “Duckpin Bowling Center.”
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