Businesses react to county decision to buy bowling alley

Businesses react to county decision to buy bowling alley
(Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A popular Tucson spot along Miracle Mile will soon be county property. Pima County supervisors voted on Tuesday, May 15, to buy the Golden Pin Lanes, open since 1960, for $2.8 million.

County Administrators say they plan to turn the bowling alley building into the Northwest County Service Center. The county anticipates a 24-month renovation period to ensure that the building will be able to be turned into a facility that will serve the county's needs.

Golden Pin's location at 1010 W. Miracle Mile is close to many other businesses. One business owner says he likes the idea of the county owning the Golden Pin because he thinks its presence will help to clean up some of the activity in the area.

Other nearby employees say they think the change in ownership could affect their business with a potential change of customer flow.

"Workers who used to work over there ... used to always come over here and buy something - drinks, cigarettes. We had some visits from them. If they sell it and the county will buy it then I guess we'll lose some customers," Prabesh Singh, an employee of a nearby market on Miracle Mile, said.

The total cost of the acquisition, including renovation costs, is approximately $6.85 million according to the county. Bowlers have one year to continue knocking down pins. After that, renovations will begin.

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