Blue Hen Lanes moves to new location yet to be determined
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 18:09
Despite rumors of its closing, the Brunswick Blue Hen Lanes bowling alley will not close its doors any time soon. It will, however, undergo a change of scenery in the next few years. The alley is scheduled to move from its current address at 501 Newark Shopping Center to a location that has yet to be determined, according to Freda Stephenson, general manager of Blue Hen Lanes.
The move was caused by the new construction plan for the Newark Shopping Center, which includes several renovations to the area, including the demolition of the current building the alley is housed in, Stephenson said. A parking garage and a 220-unit apartment building are planned to take its place, she said.
Stephenson said the bowling alley has been open and in its current location for about 50 years. He said the lease on the building is not up until June 2014, and the Lanes will be fully operational until then, barring any unforeseen circumstances. She also said Brunswick Bowling, the company that controls Blue Hen Lanes, has been scouting the Newark area for a place to move the alley once the lease has run out.
“We hope to be within a 5 mile radius of campus,” Stephenson said. “Brunswick hasn’t told us anything for sure yet, but they are still looking.”
Some students were glad to hear the bowling alley was not closing, but were upset at the prospect of it moving farther away. Sophomore Jay Paetzell said she had been to the bowling alley a few times, and she enjoyed the atmosphere there.
“It is kind of nice to go somewhere that is not a chain, especially around here,” Paetzell said. “It seems like everywhere you look around here it’s another chain restaurant moving in or something else that’s really commercial.”
Paetzell said even though no new stores will be moving into the vacated bowling alley, she feels like all of the original businesses around campus have been slowly moving out, with large chains taking over the remaining space. While she said she does not necessarily think this is a bad thing, she said she enjoys the small, quirky shops and doesn’t understand why the changes are necessary.
Stephenson said he has noticed that, unfortunately, students have not come to the bowling alley as much as they previously did. In the past year, the number of students who came in to Blue Hen Lanes fell quite a bit, she said.
“I’m not sure whether they don’t know about us now or what, but it seems like we just don’t get that many students anymore,” Stephenson said.