Powell Boulevard bowling alley closes quickly
THE BEE's Rita Leonard was first to report in these pages the possibility that the AMF Pro 300 Bowling Lanes located on S.E Powell Boulevard at 31st Avenue might close in March. At that time, its local management and the location's parent corporation, AMF Bowlmor, reportedly denied to leagues, customers, and workers that it was permanently closing at that time, but held out the possibility that it could close later, and there were rumors a Target-owned store was exploring the site.
In mid-September, the other shoe dropped. A note was taped to its doors that read:
"AMF Pro-300's landlord has terminated our lease. They have chosen to replace us with a Target company store. AMF Pro-300 Bowling Lanes' final day of operation will be Sunday 9.17.17, closing at 5:00 pm. Sincerely, AMF Pro-300 Management."
Two days after the bowling center closed for the last time, workers were already stripping out the pinsetters, lanes, and snack bar equipment while THE BEE visited the site. Workers refused us entrance to document the dismantling.
Since March, organizers of leagues and regular bowling customers started scouting other options – including the fully-renovated KingPins Bowling Center, just south of Powell Boulevard at S.E. 92nd Avenue.
Some employees of the local bowling alley said they they'd been surprised by the sudden closing announcement, and were reportedly given only six days' notice of their termination.
According to its website, Vancouver, Washington, based MAJ Development Corporation bought the 31,200 square foot bowling alley in August, 2016, and have always planned to redevelop it into a "newer-concept, small-format Target store". The prior BEE article by Rita Leonard reported that the new owners had discovered that the bowling alley had months left on its lease, and would be allowed to continue only until then.
It is not known if they'll be selling bowling equipment and accessories at this small-format Target store when it opens.